Api Desai


Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Api Desai is an interdisciplinary researcher dealing with building maintenance, FM and climate change adaptation and mitigation. With her first degree in architecture, her PhD study looked at FM approaches for addressing climate change adaptation in commercial sector.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Api worked as research fellow at the University of Greenwich Sustainable Built Environment Research Group where she also completed her PhD entitled ‘Formulating FM strategy for climate change mitigation and adaptation of commercial built asset’.

As a research fellow, Api was involved in research funded by TSB and EPSRC dealing with developing climate change adaptive FM strategy for London based housing association and analysing application of energy efficient façade technologies. She was also involved in developing a research roadmap for the International Council for Research and Innovation (CIB) W70 Working Group based on academic and practitioner FM Delphi studies. Her other responsibilities included guiding Masters and Bachelor’s dissertation students.

Before completing her PhD, Api worked with a private architecture conservation firm in India where she was involved with projects financed by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) for developing sustainable development guidelines and conservation management plans.

Research interests

Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy for built assets, Strategic FM, Building performance – energy and user aspect.

Areas of research supervision

Facilities management and maintenance, sustainability, climate change adaptation in built assets.


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BSc. Building Surveying

MSc. Property and Facilities Management


  • PhD – University of Greenwich, UK.
  • MSc. – Construction IT, University of Greenwich, UK.
  • B.Arch – Rizvi college of architecture, Mumbai, India.

Selected recent publications

Jones, K. , Desai, A., Mulville,M., Jones, A.,(2015), “Asset management using a hybrid backcasting/forecasting approach”, Facilities 33(11/12), pp.701-715, Emerald publications, UK.

Jones, K., Desai, A., Mullvile, M. (2014), “Employing back casting principles for the formation of long term built asset management strategies - A theoretical approach”, CIB W70 Facilities Management Conference, Technical University of Denmark,  21-23 May 2014 (Best conference paper award).

Desai, A., Ali, f. and Jones, K. (2012), “Barriers to build asset adaptation in private service sector.”, Chameleon Research Workshop on Barriers to Adaptation to Climate Change, Berlin, 18th – 21st  September 2012.

Jones, K., Desai, A. and Kaluarachchi, Y. (2012), “The journey to low carbon social housing”, Proceedings of CIB W70 - Delivering value to community, Cape Town, 22nd – 25th January 2012.

Desai, A. and Jones, K. (2012), “Facilities managers’ attitude towards adaptation and mitigation”, Proceedings of CIB W70 - Delivering value to community, Cape Town, 22nd – 25th January 2012.

Desai, A. and Jones, K. (2010), “Examination of existing facilities management approaches to  climate change and future directions ", Proceedings of CIB W70 – FM in the experience economy, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2010.

Jones, K. and Desai, A. (2006), “An asset management strategy to accommodate changing climate.”, CIB W70 Trondheim international symposium, Proceedings on changing user demands on buildings: Needs for lifecycle planning and management, June 2006.