PhD Students

Railesha Tiwari

Ph.D. Student

B.Arch., Rajiv Gandhi Proudhyogiki Vishvavidyalaya, India
M.S.,Architecture, Virginia Tech

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Railesha Tiwari is a Ph.D. student at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. The objective of her doctoral research is to develop an integrated process model for the conceptual design phase to help in designing carbon-neutral buildings. Her research intends to define a framework for the design, technical and organizational decision making processes required at conceptual design phase in order to attain the goal of carbon-neutrality in buildings. She had the opportunity to work with Skidmore, Owings and Merill, San Francisco for a summer internship where she was actively involved in large scale sustainable projects that were intended to have net zero-carbon footprints.

Tiwari is a recipient of the Internship scholarship award from Baskerville, Richmond. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and has assisted a graduate design studio taught by Prof. Jim Jones. She is currently assisting Prof. Hans Rott with a school redevelopment project for Haiti. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and also a member of ASHRAE and SBSE communities.

As an architect registered in India, Tiwari’s design experience includes residential, commercial, hotel and resort projects. Her ongoing research and outreach interests focus on environmental design, net zero-energy buildings, and carbon-neutral building design.