Kate is a researcher on the Design for Retrofit project, within the 'Data-driven engineering design under uncertainty' Grand Challenge of the Data-centric engineering programme. She gained her PhD on dwelling retrofit at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University within the Lo-Lo EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand. Prior to this worked as a domestic computer aided design technician and trainee building surveyor, managing maintenance of traditional buildings. She has also taught on sustainable and digital construction, engineering and design at foundation degree and MSc level.

Research interests

Kate's research interest is in data-driven decision making for building retrofit design under uncertainty. During her MRes and PhD she explored pre and post occupancy evaluation of buildings including measured and modelled data analysis of air temperature, space heating energy, building fabric air-leakage, indoor environment quality and occupant comfort. Following her PhD, she has held research roles within the University of Leeds and at the Centre for Sustainable Energy and studied industry actors, information flows, sustainable construction, offsite construction, smart metering and smart city development. Design for Retrofit draws on this expertise whilst enabling a fresh approach from a specific data-driven perspective.

Achievements and awards

Built Environment Beacon Doctoral Award, Loughborough University, 2017

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2017

CDT Energy Network collaboration prize, 2013

SEA Superhomes U-Value film prize, 2012

Durham Energy Futures Film Festival, 2nd place prize, 2012