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Linda Nkatha Gichuyia

Linda  Nkatha Gichuyia

Linda Nkatha Gichuyia

Hughes Hall

Research Area: Indoor overheating risk: A framework for temporal building adaptation decision-making

Supervisor: Prof Koen Steemers


A current Gates Cambridge scholar, Miss. Linda Gichuyia is a PhD candidate in the department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, being supervised by Prof. Koen Steemers. Her PhD contributes to the management of the existing and future indoor overheating risk, incurred in a heterogeneous urban landscape; a landscape whose characteristics changes with time, in an unpredictable world. Her research develops and tests a building adaptation decision-making framework that informs indoor overheating mitigation strategies. The generic framework attends to the process of generating, exploring, and tracking the complex causal and solution space that characterises the indoor overheating phenomenon over a 50 to 100-year time horizon. The study demonstrates how the cities of the future can anticipate and mitigate overheating risk through design and space use.

Linda holds an MPhil in Environmental Design from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Architecture (First class honours), and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (First class honours), both from the University of Nairobi. Before commencing her PhD, she worked in multiple architecture firms, and as a tutorial fellow at the University of Nairobi. She has been involved in architectural research projects in Kenya, including research on Energy efficiency in buildings for the UNEP/UN-Habitat in Nairobi. She has also been a consultant to the Nairobi City Council on reforming markets design within the City County, following an award-winning market design proposal to rehabilitate Toi open air market located right next to East Africa’s largest slum – Kibera

Research Interests

  • Indoor overheating risk and climate change
  • System dynamics modeling
  • Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
  • Building performance Analysis
  • Indoor thermal comfort