Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Final Deadline: 30 January 2020

2020 Recipients

Christopher Mulenga Nondo

Christopher Mulenga Nondo

The Copperbelt University, Zambia

Christopher Mulenga Nondo is a project manager, registered engineer, quantity surveyor, construction technician, builder, and PhD student. He has supervised building, civil, and mining projects under Anglo American Corporation through Turner and Townsend (Africa); has been associate editor on The International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies; editor of the International Journal on Sustainable Energy Development, and technical planning member of the World Congress on Sustainable Technology-2016. He is a lecturer in The School of The Built Environment at The Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. He has submitted some components of material behaviour to the World International Patent Organisation.

Francois Simon

Francois Simon

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile

Francois Simon has four years of experience in the industry and five years as a research fellow in energy engineering. Possessing an ongoing interest in building services development and sustainable energy solutions, a common thread in his research is to develop models based on fundamental physics to characterize energy system behavior and energy in buildings. His work focuses on: i) Building design parameters such as passive heating & cooling, thermal mass, ventilation, and phase change materials; ii) Energy system modeling such as the simulation of thermal energy flows in buildings, evaluation of heating & cooling production systems, and assessment of power generation systems; iii) Energy systems performance.

Joshima V M

Joshima V M

National Institute of Technology Calicut, India

Joshima V M is a research scholar from the Department of Architecture and Planning, NIT Calicut, India. Prior to this she was a lecturer in architecture at the University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman. Her research interests are sustainability in architecture, interior design, and product design. Her current research deals with developing thermal retrofitting techniques for building envelope, to ensure comfortable indoor environment and reduced energy consumption. Joshima’s background spans diverse disciplines like architecture, building physics, interior design, and product design. She is an active researcher with published papers in national and international conferences.

Lauren A. McQuistion

Lauren A. McQuistion

University of Virginia, United States

Lauren A. McQuistion is a PhD student in the Constructed Environment at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Her work focuses on art museums and their constituent spatiality as sites for the formation of the “contemporary”. Her research engages the inherent tensions between the various entities and institutions which define “the contemporary”, the spaces which frame these processes, and how the resulting periodization of contemporary artistic production plays a role in our historical understanding of the world. She received her bachelor’s of science in architecture at the University of Virginia and her master’s of architecture at the University of California Berkeley.

Loren March

Loren March

University of Toronto, Canada

Loren is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. They received their master’s of environmental studies, with a focus in critical urban theory and planning, from York University. Their work takes a queer approach to complex processes and experiences of change in altered environments within the colonial capitalist city, examining the affective, social, and ethical dimensions of co-existence within more-than-human worlds.

Matt Kleinmann

Matt Kleinmann

University of Kansas, United States

Matt Kleinmann is a doctoral student in architecture at the University of Kansas where he leverages community-based participatory research to empower communities and reduce health disparities in the built environment. Matt is a co-founder of Dotte Agency, a University of Kansas community design collaborative, and currently serves as co-director. Dotte Agency received the 2017 Architectural Education Award for Collaborative Practice by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the 2019 PublicScholarship Award from the International Association of Research on Service-Learning andCommunity Engagement. His current research is through Children’s Mercy Hospital where he is exploring participatory design and shared governance with a community-led mobile grocery store.

Reza Akhavian

Reza Akhavian

San Diego State University, United States

Dr. Reza Akhavian is an educator, researcher, and industry consultant. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University. He received his PhD in civil engineering (with construction engineering and management concentration) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an MS (UCF, 2012) and a BS (University of Tehran, 2010) in civil engineering. He has more than 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Prior to joining SDSU, he was an assistant professor at the California State University East Bay.

​Shadab Shishegar

​Shadab Shishegar

University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States

Shadab Shishegar is a research scholar at the University of Hawaii and a PhD candidate in water sciences at INRS-Canada. Her research focuses on smart water systems, real-time control, optimization algorithms, smart cities, and Artificial Intelligence. She is conducting research on real-time control of urban stormwater infrastructures in her doctorate which is dedicated to developing several algorithms for adaptive and sustainable management of urban runoff in presence of climate change. She received her MSc in knowledge integration in mechanical production from ENSAM-ParisTech in France where she designed a relief logistics framework for reliable transportation of injured people affected by a natural disaster. She was honored in 2014 as an Exceptional Talent at the undergraduate level and received several funds and awards from FRQNT-Nature and technology, Mitacs-Accelerate, Mitacs-Globalink, and Venice International University during her academic career.

Sizwile Dlamini

Sizwile Dlamini

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Sizwile Dlamini is a doctoral candidate and a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria in South Africa with a background in town planning and real estate. She has extensive experience in research, tutoring, and teaching. She specialises in urban resilience, sustainability, housing, property development, urban real estate, and urban land economics. Sizwile is consistently recognised for her commitment, tenacity, hard work, and fast growth. Her ultimate goal is to become an astute academic. In her spare time, Sizwile enjoys travelling and learning more about different cultures.

In Their Words

I gained unparalleled knowledge from the presentations from other participants while also gaining confidence and encouragement."

Ali Ahmed, 2014 Awardee

The chance to chair parallel sessions and to lead discussions for the talking circles was an excellent learning opportunity."

Padmore Amoah, 2016 Awardee