Sana Javaid

M.Sc. Architecture


DLGS, Falkenbrunnen, Würzburger Straße 35, Room 211

Phone: +49 (0)351 463 42351

DLGS Visiting Doctoral Candidate 11/2022 – 02/2023

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
Working title at DLGS: A multi-scale assessment of heat stress vulnerability, UGI accessibility and impact of diverse UGI on climate adaptation: Case of Dehradun, India.

Supervisor at DLGS: Prof. Dr. Ing Wolfgang Wende, Technische Universität Dresden

Main Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing Stephan Pauleit, Technische Universität München

Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ing Lutz Katzschner, Institut für Klima und Energiekonzepte, Kassel

IOER Research area:
Research Area Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The liveability of outdoor spaces and the well-being of the urban population are threatened by the increasing heat stress in urban areas. There is a consensus that urban green infrastructure (UGI) can mitigate heat stress and enhance outdoor thermal comfort (OTC). However, UGI-based climate adaptation is largely unexplored in humid subtropical climates. A multi-scale and multi-step inquiry into heat stress vulnerability and the role of UGI in mitigating it is, therefore, a critical step towards climate adaptation.

Taking the case of the city of Dehradun, India, the research proposes to first inquire into the citywide relationship between UGI accessibility and heat stress vulnerability. It further investigates the role of UGI in neighbourhood-level climate adaptation. Since the social perception of UGI, especially in relation to holistic OTC assessment, is underrepresented globally, this study incorporates a mixed-methods approach to investigate the relationship between urban vegetation dynamics and overall thermal comfort perception. The perceptions and preferences related to outdoor thermal comfort and subsequent UGI preferences would be explored through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions. Based on the perceptions and preferences of residents, different greening scenarios would be set up to quantify the outdoor thermal comfort benefits of UGI using the microclimatic modelling software ENVI-met.

The study will render both methodological and scientific outcomes. The methodological design intends to transition climate adaptation from an environmental perspective to a socio-environmental lens of inquiry. Wherein the scientific findings shall support practical interventions for green infrastructure-based outdoor thermal comfort optimisation in similar urban and climatic contexts.



Since 11/2022

Visiting Doctoral candidate, Dresden Leibniz Graduate School, The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden, Germany
Research Exchange

Since 10/2018

Doctoral candidate, Technical University of Munich, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management, Germany


Studies in Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Academic Degree: Master in Architecture


Studies in Architecture, Technical University of Munich, Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design, Germany
Academic Exchange


Studies in Architecture, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Academic Degree: Bachelor in Architecture



Since 10/2019

Teaching and research assistant, Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Since 10/2018

Adjunct researcher, Centre for Ecology Development & Research (CEDAR), Dehradun, India


Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning & Design, DIT University, Dehradun, India


Trainee Architect, Centre for Research on Sustainable Building Science, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India


Architect (Design Team), Design Forum International, New Delhi, India


Trainee Architect, Point Architects, Lucknow, India



Intern (Art Direction and Set Designing), Film and Television Institute of India, Pune




DAAD research grant for doctoral studies at Technical University of Munich, Germany


DAAD KOSPIE scholarship for research exchange at Technical University of Munich, Germany


MHRD-GATE scholarship for post-graduate studies from Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Government of India


Excellence award for Optimum space design for Bachelors thesis project by Pidilite, India



Magazine article

Erlwein S. and Javaid S. 2021. A tale of two cities: Cooling by urban green infrastructure in Munich and Dehradun. Nodium 13 (2021). ISBN 978-3-948278-23-6 (Both first authors)

Javaid, S. and Mukherjee, M. 2016. Effect of built form and vegetation on indoor and outdoor thermal comfort. Industrial Angles

Journal article

Habeeb R. and Javaid S. 2019. Social inclusion of marginal in the great climate change debate: Case of slums in Dehradun, India. Sage Social Open, London UK. DOI: 10.1177/2158244019835924

Book chapter and conference proceedings

Habeeb R. and Javaid S. 2019. Chapter-20: Using GIS interpolation technique to assess urban air quality and evolve remediation strategies. In AS. Gautam, T. Kandari (Eds), Advancement in Basic & Applied Sciences - Proceedings of International Conference on Aerosols, Air Quality and Climate Change on Himalayan Region of Uttarakhand. ISBN 9789384866907

Javaid S. and Habeeb R. 2018. Participatory planning in urban green spaces: A step towards environmental and social equity. 6th National Seminar on Architecture for Masses on Environmental Remediation and Rejuvenation, JMI, India, February, 2018. ISBN 9788192031514

Javaid S. and Habeeb R. 2018. Futuristic urbanism: Socio-environmental regeneration through vertical greening. International Conference on Futuristic Trends in Architecture, SAP, Sharda University, India, September, 2017. ISBN 93-86754-13-4