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Kan-chane Gunawardena ARB RIBA

Kan-chane Gunawardena, ARB RIBA

EPSRC doctoral researcher with the Behaviour and Building Performance Group (BBP)


Kan-chane is a RIBA Chartered and ARB Registered Architect. He qualified with First Class Honours for his PART I, Distinctions for both PART II and PART III, and completed his architectural reading at the University of Bath and Bartlett UCL. He completed his research training at the Department of Architecture, graduating from the MAUS programme in 2015.

Kan-chane’s past research projects have considered overheating risk and associated energy implications in urban dwellings; and urban greening influence on heat island mitigation. His current EPSRC doctoral research at the Department is concerned with the study of ‘vertical greening in urban built environments’ and is supervised by Professor Koen Steemers.

Kanchane is also a co-convener of the Martin Centre Seminars, for series 49 and 50.

Research Interests

Climate change
Urban climate studies
Heat island effect
Green infrastructure
Urban cultivation
Garden design
Surface greening strategies
Vertical greening
Living walls
Plant science

Key Publications

Gunawardena, K., & Steemers, K. (2020).  Living wall influence on the microclimates of sheltered urban conditions: results from monitoring studies. Architectural Science Review, 0(0), 1–12.

Gunawardena, K., & Steemers, K. (2020). Characterising living wall microclimate modifications in sheltered urban conditions: findings from two monitored case studies. In 35th PLEA conference: Planning Post Carbon Cities, A Coruña, 1st-3rd September 2020, A Coruña: Passive and Low Energy Architecture Association, pp. 1–6.

Gunawardena, K., & Steemers, K. (2020). Urban living walls: reporting on maintenance challenges from a review of European installations. Architectural Science Review, 0(0), 1–10.

Gunawardena, K., & Steemers, K. (2019b). Living wall influence on microclimates: an indoor case study. In CISBAT 2019 Special Issue of Journal of Physics: Conference Series, IOP Science.

Gunawardena, K., & Steemers, K. (2019a). Adaptive comfort assessments in urban neighbourhoods: Simulations of a residential case study from London. Energy and Buildings, 202, 109322.

Gunawardena, K., Kershaw, T., & Steemers, K. (2019). Simulation pathway for estimating heat island influence on urban/suburban building space-conditioning loads and response to facade material changes. Building and Environment, 150(March 2019), 195–205. 

Gunawardena, K., & Steemers, K. (2018). Living walls in indoor environments. Building and Environment, 148, 478–487.

Gunawardena, K. R., Wells, M. J., & Kershaw, T. (2017). Utilising green and bluespace to mitigate urban heat island intensity. Science of the Total Environment, 584–585, 1040–1055. 

Gunawardena, K. R., Mccullen, N., & Kershaw, T. (2017). Heat island influence on space-conditioning loads of urban and suburban office buildings. In Cities and Climate Conference 2017, Potsdam: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, pp. 1–13.

Gunawardena, K. R., & Kershaw, T. (2017). Urban climate influence on building energy use. In M. P. Burlando, Massimiliano; Canepa, Maria; Magliocco, Adriano; Perini, Katia, Repetto, ed., International Conference on Urban Comfort and Environmental Quality URBAN-CEQ, Genoa: Genoa University Press, pp. 175–84.

Gunawardena, K., Kershaw, T., & McCullen, N. (2017). The influence of urban climate on building energy use. In 8th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management, Kandy: ICSECM, pp. 1–9.

Gunawardena, K. R., & Kershaw, T. (2016). Green and blue-space significance to urban heat island mitigation. In S. Emmit & K. Adeyeye, eds., Integrated Design International Conference (ID@50), Bath: University of Bath.