Dr. Bhavna Sharma has joined the USC School of Architecture as an assistant professor. She previously worked as an assistant professor for the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Her research centers on improving the design, construction, and sustainability of the built environment through better use of natural materials. Sharma uses an interdisciplinary, multi-scale approach to investigate and develop natural materials for structural applications and has developed an international research profile on bamboo for construction.
“With a background in architecture and engineering, I was drawn to the USC School of Architecture’s legacy of design excellence and innovation, which are at the core of my work,” said Sharma. “Also, my style of teaching aligns with the school’s focus on architectural thinking, including problem-solving, ideating, creating, and making.”
Sharma is interested in the use of sustainable construction materials in design and engineering. Her research utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate and develop natural materials, such as bamboo, for structural use. Areas of research include structural and small-scale experimental testing, modeling, and design.