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Pravin Bhiwapurkar

Title: Asst Professor
Office: 7213 Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-2269
Email: pravin.bhiwapurkar@uc.edu

I am an assistant professor (building science) in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. My research lies at the intersection of urban climate change, urban morphology and urban building energy use. I investigate how urban development contributes towards heat island (UHI) effect which modifies outdoor and indoor thermal environments in urban spaces. UHI affects building energy needs, microenvironments as well as human health, especially that of children and older population. My community-engaged research focuses on providing evidences to support resident-led changes to develop ecologically sensitive healthy living conditions and advance smart cities initiative.
My industry experience includes successful completion of commercial projects over 6 million square feet funded by utility companies. By working in various interdisciplinary teams, I helped improve the building performance by integrating environmental technologies early in the design process and created evidences employing energy modeling and simulation approach. I also conducted field studies to assess the building performance after its completion for statewide energy efficiency programs in the Midwest region via energy audits. This team effort received “Exemplary Award” by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy.
My works have been awarded nationally and internationally. I have received a prestigious India-US exchange scholarship to pursue my doctorate degree and my research work was awarded an honorary mention at the International Association of Urban Climate conference in Gottenberg, Sweden. My works in India received three national awards for the design and analysis of low income communities that focused on sustainability using self-help (design-build) approach. In addition, I was a member of the “Innovative Curtain Wall Design Competition” team that received honorable mention by the American Institute of Architects-New York while working at the Center for Architectural Science and Ecology in New York City.
My works are published in journals and conferences including Architectural Science Review, Intelligent Buildings International, Architectural Research Center Consortium, Passive and Low Energy Architecture, and International Congress of Biometeorology. Previously, I taught at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s industry-academic collaborative unit, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, in New York City, Montana State University at Bozeman, and Kent State University at Kent, OH.


  • Ph.D., Illiniois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 2007.
  • Masters in Building Engineering and Management, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India, 2000.
  • Bachelor's of Architecture, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India, 1997.

Research Information

Research Interests

urban heat island effect, ecological design, healthy communities, biomimicry, high performance buildings and facades, net-zero energy buildings, smart cities

Research Support

  • (PI), Bhiwapurkar, Pravin, Investigating Residential Building Typologies and Indoor Thermal Stress during Extreme Heat Events in Cincinnati, OH, UC's University Research Council. (URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16), $6,000.00. 05/01/2016 to 04/30/2017. Status: Active.
  • (Consultant), Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Climate Resiliency through Vacant Land Use Strategies and Land Use Adaptation, Cleveland, OH, Kresge Foundation. $100,000. 01/01/2015 to 01/07/2015. Status: Completed.


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Bhiwapurkar, P., & Fecheyr, D. (2017). Applying Biomimicry to Design Building Envelope Systems: Improving Energy Savings via Thermoregulation. Architectural Science Review, 60 (5), 360-370.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2017). Health Impacts of Microenvironments in the Summer. Journal of Proceedings: Architecture of Complexity-Design, Systems, Society, and Environment, 188-196.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2016). Bioclimatic Design and Urban Microclimate. PLEA 2016: 32nd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, 1, 1373-1380.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2015). Urban Microclimate and Building Energy Efficiency. Perkins and Will Research Journal, 07 (02 (Special Issue: Future of Architectural Research)), 45-57.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2015). Urban Climate Change Impacts on Building Heating and Cooling Energy Demand. Architectural Research Centers Consortium Conference Proceedings.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2013). Determinants of Urban Energy Use: Density and Urban Form. Architectural Research Centers Consortium, 609-616.
  • Bhiwapurkar, P. (2018). (In Press). Space Syntax and Walkability Analysis in Support of Urban Design Decisions..

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2016). Urban Microclimate and Building Energy Efficiency Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2015). Biologically Inspired Architecture Lecture Series in the Biomimicry Institute and Innovation Cluster at the University of Akron, University of Akron.

Paper Presentations

  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2014). Aging Buildings and Aging Communities: How Can Buildings Adapt to the Changing Climate?. 20th International Congress of Biometeorology (Session: Modifications of the Built Environment), Cleveland, OH.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2017). Health Impacts of Microenvironments in the Summer. Architecture of Complexity: Design, Systems, Society, and Environment, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2016). Bioclimatic Design and Urban Microclimate. 32nd Passive and Low Energy Architecture; Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pravin Bhiwapurkar (2015). Urban Climate Change Impacts on Building Heating and Cooling Energy Demand. Architectural Research Center Consortium: The Future of Architectural Research, Chicago, IL.

Experience & Service


  • UC professor studying link between architecture and weather.