It is clear that the air quality problem is one of the highest on the environmental and social agenda of most European cities
Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan is a Principal Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. Rosa is Course leader of the MSc Architecture and Environmental Design, contributed to the creation of the new BSc Architecture and Environmental Design and supervises doctoral students in Environmental Design. In the last 20 years Rosa has worked in Environmental Design Consultancy and Research in a number of European funded projects. She is also co-director of Natural Cooling Limited and co-author of The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling, published in 2010 and recipient of a commendation by the RIBA Presidentâs Awards for Research in December 2011. As part of the Environment and Technology Research Group, Dr Schiano-Phan is developing and supporting new research on the issue of air-pollution and built environment. In the last two years the group has collaborated with cutting edge architectural practices and engineering consultants (Architype and Arup) on studying the influence of the urban form and microclimate on air-quality in order to limit further adverse impact on human health and make our cities healthier.