Staff Profile

  • Riham was awarded a PhD from the Bartlett- UCL, in Environmental Design and Engineering. She has over 12 years of experience in Architecture, Architectural Technology, Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

    She is one who started an early career in the UK building industry in the world of BIM.

    To date, she is a BIM lead, and an active researcher and is also supervising a number of PhD students in BIM and Sustainability-related disciplines as well as High-Performance Buildings.

    Riham is also an Editor for the International Journal of Nervous System and the International Journal of Physiological Phenomena, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, International Journal of Global Health and the International Journal of Behavior Therapy and Mental Health.

    • Level 7: She launched and leads the MSc course BIM-Enabled Sustainable Buildings’ Design and High-Performance Buildings at the University of Northampton.
    • Level 6: She is the Module leader for the Final Major Project (Level 6, 60 credits) and the BIM modules (levels 5 & 6 – 40 credits).


    • Level 7 and 8: She taught the MSc module Natural and Mechanical Ventilation of Buildings, at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies – UCL, Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, and took responsibility of grading exams and evaluating course work.

    She is currently a Guest Lecturer at UCL IEDE (Institute for Environmental Design Engineering), as well as supervising MSc and PhD students.

  • Riham’s passion is for research that makes a difference and that investigates the use of environmental context as a generator of ideas in a multi-disciplinary approach. As such, she published a number of research journals/ articles.

    Between 2010 and 2014, she managed to capture a significant fund (£1.2 million) from King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia (projects: 13-ENV1089-89 and 13-ENV928-89) on Environmental Strategic Priorities and Indoor Air Quality.

    In September 2019, she managed with her research team to capture a £150,000 fund from Qatar National Research Fund.

    Meanwhile, she is writing research proposals to capture funds from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council -EPSRC.


  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Riham Ahmed’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • PhD Thesis

    The Effects of Indoor Temperature and CO2 levels as an Indicator for Ventilation Rates on Cognitive Performance of Adult Female Students in Saudi Arabia. [online] 


    Ahmed R.; Mumovic D.; Ucci M.; Bagkeris E. (2021). The Combined Effects of Indoor Temperatures and CO2 Levels on Cognitive Performance of Female Higher Education Students in a Hot and Arid Climate*.
    Ahmed R.; Mumovic D.; Ucci M.; Bagkeris E. (2021). The Effects of Thermal Comfort and Acclimatisation on Cognitive Performance in Educational Buildings Located in the Hot Climates Relying on Air-Conditioners for Cooling and Ventilation*.
    * (Owing to the nature of this research work, these publications were delayed and now in process of publication by Indoor Air Journal).

    Book Chapters

    Ahmed R.; Mumovic D.; Chatzidiakou L. (2018). Designing for Health and Comfort and Cognitive Performance in Schools: What Do We Know?

    In: Daniels H. ed. Handbook of Educational Buildings’ Design. Oxford University. Routledge.
    Peer-reviewed Conference Papers

    Ahmed R.; Mumovic D.; Ucci M. (2018). Implications to buildings’ design and HVAC operation in the hot arid countries relying on HVAC system for cooling and ventilation. International Building Physics Conference (IBPC2018). (received the best paper award/ certificate).

    Ahmed R.; Mumovic D.; Ucci M. (2017). The Effect of Indoor Temperature and CO2 Levels on Cognitive Performance of Adult Females in a University Building in Saudi Arabia. CISBAT International Conference. [online]

    Ahmed R.M. (2014). Field study on the economic impact of the working environments in non-temperate climates. WIT Transactions on Ecology and The Environment, 18, p.161-173.

    Ahmed R.M. (2014). Lessons learnt from the vernacular architecture of Bedouins in Siwa Oasis, Egypt. The 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC 2014).

    Ahmed R.M. (2014). The Role of Temperature and Ventilation Rates in Hot Dry Climates. ASHRAE First International Conference in Doha, Qatar (2014). Conference presentation. 

    Ahmed R.M. (2014). The Inter-Related Relationship between Thermal Comfort, Indoor Air Quality and Students’ Cognitive Performance. Conference presentation at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA). [online]