Research course

Smart retrofit of historical neighbourhood

University of Leeds · School of Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in mathematics, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering. If English is not the applicant’s first language, they must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The challenge today is to promote resilient cities, capable of functioning even after catastrophic events. In the case of historical neighbourhoods, the problem is extremely complex because of the necessity to preserve historical values. This project aims to develop an urban modeling tool that compares different retrofit scenarios in terms of environmental (LCA) and economic costs (LCC). The intent is to propose a tool accessible to both designers and city managers to evaluate the smartest retrofit considering environmental and capital investments. The research is interdisciplinary. It embraces structural and urban resiliency and building technology optimization.

Keywords: Historical neighbourhood, Life cycle assessment, Life cycle costs, Retrofit

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Ornella Iuorio