Dr. Nilesh Bakshi

BAS (Architecture), BBSc, MArch [Prof], Ph.D., NZIA

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Head of Research

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Nilesh joined the Studio in 2018 as our Head of Research after completing his Ph.D. that focuses on measuring household behaviour and climate change.

As the Head of Research, Nilesh oversees the research studio at Studio Pacific Architecture. He provides the overall direction for Studio Pacific research projects and co-authorship and communication of research publications and outputs.  

Nilesh’s recently completed doctoral research posits a theoretical framework for establishing impact resulting from human behaviour, at the household level, making it possible to understand behaviour and its effects on climate change. Nilesh’s work identifies changes in both the energy generation sector and in household behaviour that could facilitate emissions reduction targets agreed upon by the United Nations General Assembly, during the Paris climate accord.

Nilesh will continue to be extensively involved in both architectural practice and academia. He serves as an educator at Victoria University of Wellington specializing in environmental science education for Building Science, Architecture, and Interior Design programs; and also teaches construction and architectural design. As an academic Nilesh has been a New Zealand representative at multiple international research conferences, most recently presenting research at the 30th international PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) delegation held in India. Nilesh has a keen interest in applying research in practice he believes that this can influence the quality of our built environments, ultimately improving the human condition.

Qualifications and affiliations

  • Bachelor of Building Science (specialising in Project Management) Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies (in Architecture) Victoria University of Wellington
  • Masters in Architecture [Prof] Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ph.D. in Architecture
  • Member of New Zealand Institute of Architects


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