Dr Faidon Nikiforiadis is the founding
Director of the Building Simulation Lab ltd. He is a Chartered Architect, (ARB,
RIBA, Int’l Assoc. AIA, TCG SADAS-PEA) and a Graduate Structural Engineer
(IStructE). He has 25 years’ experience in the use of 3D CAD and 15 years’ experience in the use of BIM.
He holds an Architectural
Engineering degree (Equivalent of a dual MEng / MArch) from the National
Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (1996), a Doctorate in Architecture from
the University of Sheffield, UK (2007) and a Certificate in Architectural
Practice Management from The Bartlett School of Architecture, University
College London (UCL) (2008). In 2007 after completing his PhD he was recognised
by CIBSE and ASHARE as a Graduate Building Services Engineer (MCIBSE, MASHRAE).
He is also a qualified BREEAM Assessor and a Member (MSLL) of the Society of
Light and Lighting (CIBSE) and holder of its Diploma. More recently he has competed the online Certificate in Innovation of Products and Services: MIT’s Approach to Design Thinking from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Since his first graduation (1996) his practice teaching and research interests are focused in the interlinked areas of Architecture, Environmental Design, Modern Methods of Construction, Sustainability, Digital Design, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Simulation. He has twenty years of professional experience both in academia and industry. He has taught and supported learning in Higher Education for several years in five different academic institutions in the UK (University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University Portsmouth University & University of Salford, and the University of Nottingham). He has worked in several architectural practices in Greece and the UK including Bond Bryan Architects in Sheffield. Overall he has worked in more than fifty architectural projects.
His PhD at the University of Sheffield
was in the area of Daylighting Environmental Modelling and Simulation in Urban
Environments. Earlier he also worked (2004- 2005) as a Research Associate in
the Sheffield School of Architecture under Ian Ward, the Director of the
Building Energy Analysis Unit (B.E.A.U.). The research project was entitled,
“Up-skilling designers of buildings in sustainable and low energy design”, and
was funded by the Learning+Skills Council, European Union Social Fund.
In the period 2008 -2011 while
working as a Senior Lecturer in Detailed Design & Environmental Technology
at the University of Salford (Grade 8) he became the Founder and Programme
Director of a new MSc in Low Carbon Building Design.
In 2012 he spent a year working
as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham on a research project
entitled, “The Climate Resilience of Modern Methods of Construction Dwellings”.
He investigated the climate resilience of Modern Methods of Construction
systems in order to support decision making for housing design, construction
and adaptation in a low carbon climate change future. The research was funded
by a University of Nottingham ECRKT Award ended in October 2013.
In 2012, Dr Nikiforiadis joined Sheffield
Hallam University as a Specialist Visiting Associate Professor and presented a number of
lectures and tutorials on environmental design and building simulation for the
needs of the Diploma in Architecture, BArch and BSc in Architectural Technology
In the period 2014-2015 he worked
as a Research Fellow at Teesside University. The research project entitled, ‘Development
of a whole life cycle approach enabled by BIM protocols and technologies for
the Qatar Construction Industry’, was a collaboration between Teeside
University, the Qatar University and the industrial leader in BIM, Hochtief
ViCon in Qatar.
In April 2016 he founded the
Building Simulation Lab a limited company that offers services in the areas of Design Thinking / BIM
Integration / CAD & CAM / BIM & Building Simulation / Software Training /
Consultancy / Design Research / R&D