Rohinton Emmanuel





Professional Registration

Architectural Experience



Funded Research

"Attributes of Thermal Comfort in Sri Lankan Buildings", Research sponsored by the Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority (NARESA ) of Sri Lanka. (participated as co-investigator with L. Alwis & S.W. Weerasooriya) - 1990/91.

"State of the Sri Lankan Construction Industry in the Eighties", Research sponsored by the Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD), Colombo, Sri Lanka and the International Labor Organization (ILO). (participated as co-investigator with E. de Zylwa & C.W. Wedikkara) - 1991.

"Developing an Urban Physical Environmental Quality Index: Monitoring Climate Change in Ann Arbor", Research sponsored by the George Brigham Foundation for Architectural Research, College of Architecture & Urban Planning , University of Michigan - 1995.

"The thermal effects of roof insulation in tropical buildings", Research sponsored by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 1998.

"Trends in urban climate changes in Sri Lanka: Analysis of urban heat island in major cities", Research sponsored by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 1999.

"An experimental study of the effects of roof color on indoor thermal comfort", Research sponosred by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2000.

"An analysis of the realtionship between urban climate changes and land-use changes in the Colombo Metropolitan region", Research sponsored by the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, 2000.

"Lighting & the Sense of Place," Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, 2000/2001.

Conference Presentations

"A Climate-conscious Urban Model for the Equatorial Tropics", Paper presented at the 20th Annual ACSA South-west Regional Conference, Tulsa, OK., October 19-21, 1992. Subsequently published in N. Hawthrone, (ed.), Global Perspectives, Norman, OK.: University of Oklahoma, pp. 50-54.

"Recovering the Commons: A New Approach to Climate- Conscious Urban Design in the Equatorial Tropics". Paper presented at the 12th Annual ACSA Technology Conference, Kim, J-J & C. Clipson, (eds.), Design & Technological Innovation for the Environment, Washington, D.C.: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), pp. 124-128.

"Urban Demographic Changes in Detroit and their Impact on Urban Climate", Paper presented at the 1995 Annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP '95) Conference, Detroit, MI., October 19-22, 1995.

"An Evaluation of Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies", Paper presented at the Spring 1997 Conference of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium Inc., (ARCC), Atlanta, GA., April 24-25, 1997.

"Energy implications of urban design inittiatives: Some strategies for Colombo, Sri Lanka", Paper presented at the 16th Public Affairs Forum of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 25-26, 1999.

"Environmental sustainability implications of the changing urban climate," Paper presented at the Cities & Sustainability - 2000 conference organized by the University of Salford, U.K., The Polytechnic of Turin and the University of Moratuwa, Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka, February 21-26, 2000.

Invited Lectures

Urban climate change and its implications on sustainability: the case of a third world primate city, Sam Nolutshungu Memorial Lectures, Human Science Research Council, South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, February 10, 2000.

Environmental Sustainability and Urban climate: the case of Colombo Metropolitan Region (CMR), Environment: The Challenge for 21st Century Engineers, Civil Engineering Society, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, March 31, 2001.

Selected Publications

Career Guidance Handbook, A Project of the Rotary Club of Colombo. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Rotary Club of Colombo, 1990. 173 pp.

"A Climate-conscious Urban Model Tempered by the Use of Water, for the Equatorial Tropics", Architectural Science Review, 36(4): 25-36, December 1993.

"A City in Transition: Urban Demographic Changes in Detroit and their Impact on Urban Greenness and Climate", in, Arlinghaus, S. & W.D. Drake (eds.), Population-Environment Dynamics: Toward Public Policy, Ann Arbor, MI: Gryphon Publishing, pp. 78-113, 1993.

"Energy-conscious Urban Design Guidelines for Warm Humid Cities: Implications for Colombo, Sri Lanka, Journal of Architectural & Planning Research, 12(1): 58 - 75, 1995 .

"Urban Vegetational Change as an Indicator of Demographic Trends in Cities: The Case of Detroit", Environment & Planning - B, 24(1997): 415-426 .

"Summertime Urban Heat Island mitigation: Propositions based on an investigation of intra-urban air temperature variations", Architectural Science Review, 40(4): 155-164, December, 1997.

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