MS Student in Building Science, Technology, and Sustainability


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

Riwayat Katia is an MS student in Building Science, Technology, and Sustainability program at UC  Berkeley and a Graduate Student Researcher at CBE. She works on improving thermal comfort and indoor environmental quality through energy-efficient HVAC systems. She holds a BS in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she has held research appointments at the Georgia Tech High Performance Building Lab. Her prior research experience lies in daylighting, visual comfort, and urban building energy modelling in low-income communities. She has authored and presented peer-reviewed papers at the 2021 Building Simulation Conference and the 2023 Building Simulation Conference. Riwayat previously interned as a Building Performance Analyst at SOM, Page Southerland Page, and EYP, Inc. In these roles she developed tools to track embodied and operational carbon policies across countries and assisted her team with solar radiation, embodied carbon, energy use intensity, HVAC, and outdoor thermal comfort analyses.