Stephanie Gauthier

Stephanie Gauthier

Lecturer in Energy and Buildings

Stephanie Gauthier

Lecturer in Energy and Buildings
University of Southampton


Stephanie has over seven years of consultancy experience mostly focused in building and infrastructure. Before joining UCL Stephanie worked at Arup, Atkins and ADPi. These companies operate in a multi-disciplinary mode, where architecture, engineering, cost consultancy, urban design and product design are integrated within one team. As an architect and project manager, she has collaborated on schemes in Abu Dhabi, UK, France and China; including the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the King Alfred Development in association with Gehry Partners, BSkyB broadcast center in London and Abu Dhabi National Stadium. Her degree and diploma were in Architecture followed by an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering and PhD with the UCL Energy Institute.

Stephanie’s PhD developed a new method to assess human thermal comfort using ubiquitous sensors, and introduced an extended model of behavioural responses to cold thermal discomfort. Building on this work, Stephanie was a research associate at UCL Energy Institute, and is now a lecturer in Energy and Buildings within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

The LoLo CDT in Energy Demand is a unique learning environment with an extensive range of disciplines. During my PhD, this group enabled me to engage with different methods of data collection and analysis originating from divers bodies of knowledge, in particular building physic and social science.

Developing a method to monitor thermal discomfort response variability – thesis [PDF 5MB]


Conference proceedings

Gauthier, S., (2011). Understanding the dynamics of residential energy consumption: Mapping occupants thermal discomfort responses. Conference proceedings: ECEEE 2011, Summer Study, Energy efficiency first: The foundation of a low-carbon society. ABA Intercopy, Stockholm, Sweden.

Gauthier, S. M., (2011). What Are People’s Responses to Thermal Discomfort? Sensing Clothing and Activity Levels Using SenseCam. UC Berkeley: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference, USA.

Gauthier, S. Shipworth, D. (2012). Predictive thermal comfort model: Are current field studies measuring the most influential variables? Conference proceedings: 7th Windsor Conference: The Changing Context of Comfort in an Unpredictable World, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 12-15 April 2012. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings. London, UK.

Gauthier, S. M. (2013). The role of environmental and personal variables in influencing thermal comfort indices used in building simulation. Conference proceedings of BS2013: 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambéry, France.

Gauthier, S. Shipworth, D. (2014). The gap between what is said and what is done: a method for distinguishing reported and observed responses to thermal discomfort. Conference proceedings: 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a changing world Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 10-13 April 2014. Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings. London, UK.

Gauthier, S. Shipworth, D. (2014). Variability of thermal stratification in naturally ventilated residential buildings. Conference proceedings: Building Simulation and Optimization, BSO14. 23-24 June 2014, London, UK. [Accepted, November 2013]

Gauthier, S. Shipworth, D. (2014). Generating empirical probabilities of metabolic rate and clothing insulation values in field studies using wearable sensors. Conference proceedings: 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 7-12 July 2014, Hong Kong. [Accepted, December 2013]

Journal articles

Hamilton, I., Davies, M., Gauthier, S., (2012). London’s Urban Heat Island: a multiscaled assessment framework. Proceedings of the ICE – Urban Design and Planning, Volume 166, Issue 3, pp. 164 –175.

Gauthier, S., (2012). Mapping Occupants Thermal Discomfort Responses in Households Using SenseCam. In N. M’Sirdi et al., eds. Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Volume 12, pp. 437–445.

Gauthier, S., Shipworth, D., (2013). Review of Methods to Map People’s Daily Activity – Application for Smart Homes. In A. Hakansson et al., eds. Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Volume 22, pp. 401–411.

Spataru, C. & Gauthier, S., (2013). How to monitor people “smartly” to help reducing energy consumption in buildings? Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 10(1-2), pp.60–78.


W1UP3 – Mapping thermal discomfort responses in residential environments

W1UP3 – Mapping thermal discomfort responses in residential environments