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Masoud Sajjadian

Dr Masoud Sajjadian BEng, MArch, PhD, SFHEA, MIET, CEng

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

023 8201 6047 ext. 6047 Room no. HC113


With a background in architectural engineering, Dr Masoud Sajjadian is a graduate of Nottingham and Liverpool Universities. He is a senior lecturer in architectural technology with the research focus on building performance analysis aiming to reduce the gap and mediate effective engineering analysis tools and architectural design. He is actively engaged in teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities focusing on energy efficiency and building performance simulation.

His research activities now focus on an EU-funded project on 'Sustainable High-Rise Buildings Designed and Constructed in Timber'. He has also completed a Research and Innovation award on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques in building performance simulations to ultimately influence the building performance gap issue.

Dr Sajjadian’s PhD research centered on the analysis of sustainable homes based on predicted future weather data for the UK in the decades 2020s, 2050s and 2080s. The study evaluated the effect of overheating risk and future climatic uncertainty in designing existing UK dwellings with the main focus on the external building envelope. The research examined a number of design options to reduce energy consumption and improve thermal comfort. The study developed a methodology by means of computer simulations to assess and predict the performance in a range of current, 'high performance' construction systems used on a simple and typical UK house models in the UK.

His previous work experience includes several varied teaching roles at Liverpool School of Architecture, TATA steel company as a research associate at Cardiff University and knowledge transfer partnership associate at Morganstone Ltd. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, reviewer for numerous journals and international conferences and a member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association.

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Further information

  1. Awards

    Over the course of his career, Masoud Sajjadian has received a number of academic awards. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Newton fund award, British Council, 2016

    Georgia Institute of Technology travel award, USA (2014)

    Best 8 design works of ISOVER international skyscraper design competition for designing “Solar Slice”, exhibited in Excel, London, in Ecobuild 2011


  2. Industry experience

    Masoud has extensive experience of work within the industry. This section contains more information about his work history and any advantageous industry links he maintains.

    TATA steel

    The scope of the project activity was to substantially advance the development of transpired solar air collectors’ thermal performance with storage in order to prove their commercial feasibility and develop the associated software (IES) and building management systems that would promote their market uptake.  The project was collaboration between Cardiff University, TATA steel and NSG Pilkington companies.

    Morganstone Construction Company

    The scope of project activity was on development of level 2 BIM strategies as well as examination, testing and modelling design details and appraisal of how design details are translated into construction details. It included the implementation of thermal bridge analysis, thermal modelling and in-construction testing including air-permeability test, thermography test and smoke test.

  3. Recent publications

    Masoud has contributed to a number of academic journals and conference papers. Publications can include articles in academic journals; book chapters or full books; creative projects; conference participation and multimedia works.


    • Sajjadian, S.M. Jafari, M. Pekaslan, D. An Expandable, Contextualized and Data-Driven Indoor Thermal Comfort Model, Energy and Built Environment, 1(4) 2020 pp 385-392.
    • Tupenaite, L. Zilenaite, Z. Kanapeckiene, L. Sajjadian, S.M. Gecys, T. Sakalauskiene, L. Naimaviciene, J. Multiple Criteria Assessment of High-Rise Timber Buildings, Engineering Structures and Technologies, 11 (3) 2019 pp 87-94.
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Risk Identification in the Early Design Stage Using Thermal Simulations – A Case Study, Sustainability, 10 (1) 2018.
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Performance Evaluation of Well-Insulated Versions of Contemporary Wall Systems; A Case Study of London for a Warmer Climate. Buildings, 7(1) 2017.
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Dynamic modelling of solar storage system: a case study of leisure centre", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 5 (2) 2016, pp 165 - 175.
    • Sajjadian, S.M., Lewis, J. and Sharples, S. The Potential of Phase Change Material to Reduce Domestic Cooling Energy Loads for Current and Future UK Climate, Energy and Buildings 93 2015, pp 83-89.
    • Sajjadian, S.M., Lewis, J. and Sharples, S. Heating and Cooling Loads in High Performance Construction Systems- Will Climate Change Alter Design Decision? Procedia Engineering 118, 2015, 498-506.

    Book section

    • Sajjadian S.M., Jafari M., Siebers PO. (2019) An Artificial Intelligence Method for Comfort Level Prediction. In: Kaparaju P., Howlett R., Littlewood J., Ekanyake C., Vlacic L. (eds) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2018. KES-SEB 2018. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 131. Springer, Cham.
    • Sajjadian, S.M., J Lewis, and S Sharples. Risk and Uncertainty in Sustainable Building Performance. Vol. 22, in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, edited by Anne Hakansson, Mattias Hojer, Robert Howlett and Lakhmi Jain, 903-912. Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.


    • Sajjadian, S.M, Jafari, M. Data Interpretation in Thermal Comfort Using Association Rule Mining Method. International Conference in Emerging Technologies in Architectural Design. Toronto, 2019, pp 139-146.
    • Sajjadian, S.M, Tupenaite, L, Kanapeckiene, L, Naimaviciene, J, Radif, S, Amado, M. High Rise Buildings in the EU from Energy Performance Perspective., International conference on Modern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques (IN PRESS).
    • Tupenaite, L, Gecys,T. Kanapeckiene, L. Sajjadian, S.M. Naimaviciene,J. Selection of Structural System For Mid-Rise Wooden Public Building: Multiple Criteria Approach, International conference on Modern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques (IN PRESS).
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Translating Design Details to Construction Details- with Both Eyes Open, International Conference on Sustainable Design of Built Environment (SDBE) 2017, pp 983-990.
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Quantifying the Behavior of Modern and Traditional Construction Systems on the Basis of Thermal Comfort, PLEA 2017, pp 136-143.
    • Sajjadian, S.M. The Pedagogical Impact of Augmented Reality on Architectural Education, International Conference on Manufacturing Research, 2017, pp 295-300.
    • Sajjadian, S.M., Lewis, J and Sharples, S. Quantifying the Effect of Shading Devices to Improve Comfort in Current and Future UK Housing through Integrated Simulations with High and Low Thermal Mass Construction Systems. Proceedings of the International Conference on Adaption and Movement in Architecture ICAMA, Toronto, 2013, pp 476-484.
    • Sajjadian, S M., Lewis, J and Sharples S, Interpretation and determination of thermal comfort in climate change context. Proceedings of the International Post Graduate Research Conference IPGRC. University of Salford, Salford, 2013, pp 1106-1113.
    • Sajjadian, S M., Lewis, J and Sharples S. Risk and Uncertainty in Sustainable Building. In: (Hakansson A) (Ed) ed(s) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings SIST 22. Springer, Stockholm, 2012 pp 903-912.


    • Sajjadian, S.M. Solar Air Storage and Heating (SASH) final report. University of Cardiff, 2015
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Housing Design, Construction and Performance Optimization, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Innovate UK, 2016 (KTP 009944)


    • Sajjadian, S.M. Future Proofing UK Sustainable Homes under Conditions of Climatic Uncertainty. PhD Thesis, University of Liverpool, 2016.
    • Sajjadian, S.M. Paradigm clash: The Conflict between Sustainable Policies and Market Forces, Master’s thesis, University of Nottingham, 2011

  4. Research interests

    Most recent publications and research studies are mainly on building performance evaluation, fabric integrated thermal storage, climate change and overheating risk, microgeneration, low carbon design and building information modelling (BIM)
  5. Teaching experience

    Masoud's teaching experience includes both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes

    Several varied teaching roles at Liverpool School of Architecture for MA Architecture, MSc Sustainable Environmental Design and second year undergraduate students from 2011 to 2015.

  6. Work in progress

    Current research focus is on developing methods to improve building performance through a combination of building simulations tools, diagnostic tests and post occupancy evaluation techniques.
    Teaching modules for 2016-2017 include:

    Innovative Technologies and Applications

    Sustainable Architecture and innovation

    Architectural Design

    Architectural Design Principles