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Dr Philip Oldfield

Architectural Studies, Architecture

PhD, DipArch (Distinction), BArch (First Class)

Room: 
4021
Building: 
Red Centre
Phone: 
02 9385 6821
Bio: 

Dr. Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture & Design, Faculty of the Built Environment. At UNSW Philip co-ordinates the High Performance Technology stream in the Masters in Architecture course, running a design-research studio exploring sustainable high-rise and hyperdense architecture. 

Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK. At Nottingham he was the co-creator and Course Director of the Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught tall building studio and lecture modules at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.

Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall buildings, sustainability and embodied energy / carbon. His current research activities include;

  • The Carbon Implications of Tall: A Life Cycle Energy / Carbon Analysis of High-Rise Buildings
  • Vertical Public Realms: The Design and Experience of Social / Public Spaces in the Sky
  • Closing the Loop: Development of an Evidence-Based Framework for Low Carbon Design of Non-Residential Buildings

Philip is an active member of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and was Co-Chair of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group, authoring the CTBUH / CIB Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings.  He is also a member of the CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, and sits on the CTBUH Regional NSW Committee. 

Philip writes widely around the topics of tall building design and sustainability and has had peer-reviewed papers published in the Journal of Architecture, Architectural Science Review, CTBUH Journal and Urbanism and Architecture.

He is also a regular contributor to the media, and in 2015 was awarded a funded British Science Association Media Fellowship to spend time working with the Guardian Newspaper, alongside the science and environment teams. He has written a number of articles for the Guardian and for the Architects’ Journal (UK), The Conversation (UK), Middle East Construction Magazine (UAE), STRUCTURE Magazine (USA), and BbICOTHbIE (Russia) amongst others. He has presented a segment on BBC 1's Inside/Out exploring future housing in the UK, and has also been interviewed on The Discovery Channel

Research Activities: 

Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall buildings, sustainability and embodied carbon. He is the author of the upcoming book The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer, due to be published by Taylor & Francis in 2017. In addition, his current research activities include;

·         The Carbon Implications of Tall: A Life Cycle Carbon Analysis of High-Rise Buildings

·         Vertical Public Realms: The Design and Experience of Social / Public Spaces in the Sky

·         Closing the Loop: Development of an Evidence-Based Framework for Low Carbon Design of Non-Residential Buildings 

Grants: 
2016 - Design, Fabrication and Testing of an Adaptive Envelope Component. $2,000AUD. The aim of the project is to design, produce and test an adaptive facade component capable of changing its shape when subject to variable outdoor climatic conditions. Funded through the UNSW ResearchStart Programm
 
2016 – Closing the Loop. Co-CI of this 3.5 year $609,962AUD project funded through the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL). The project aims to develop evidence based practices for the built environment, building on existing paradigms in medical and public health fields. The project is a collaboration between UNSW, CRCLCL and Curtain University and funds two full time PhD studentships, a full-time post-doctorial researcher, and a part-time Research Assistant.
 
2015 – British Science Association Media Fellowship. Funding of £5,000 to support a placement with The Guardian. The Fellowship provides mentorship from professional journalists and engagement with how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.
 
2012 – Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings. $5,000USD awarded by the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction). The Roadmap was a joint initiative led by Philip Oldfield of the University of Nottingham, and Dario Trabucco of Università IUAV di Venezia, with contributions from the CTBUH, CIB and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). 
Publications:
Books

Oldfield P, 2019, The Sustainable Tall Building A Design Primer, Routledge, London / New York, https://www.routledge.com/The-Sustainable-Tall-Building-A-Design-Primer-1st-Edition/Oldfield/p/book/9781138905948

Book Chapters

Wood A; Oldfield PF, 2009, 'Global Trends in High-Rise Design', in Mei H; Zhu Y (ed.), The New Trends of the Creation of High-Rise Building, China Architecture and Building Press, pp. 10-13

Journal articles

Oldfield P; Doherty B, 2019, 'Offset Cores: Trends, Drivers and Frequency in Tall Buildings', CTBUH Journal, vol. 2019, pp. 40-47

Hadi Y; Heath T; Oldfield P, 2018, 'Gardens in the sky: Emotional experiences in the communal spaces at height in the Pinnacle@Duxton, Singapore', Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 28, pp. 104-113, 10.1016/j.emospa.2017.09.001

Hammad AW; Akbarnezhad A; Oldfield P, 2018, 'Optimising embodied carbon and U-value in load bearing walls: A mathematical bi-objective mixed integer programming approach', Energy and Buildings, vol. 174, pp. 657-671, 10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.05.061

Gusheh M; Oldfield P, 2018, 'System, Ambience, Translation', Architecture and Urbanism -Tokyo-, vol. 576, pp. 88-91

Oldfield PF, 2017, 'A "Fabric-First" Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design', International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, vol. 6, pp. 177-185, 10.21022/IJHRB.2017.6.2.177

Ghabra N; Oldfield P; Rodrigues L, 2017, 'Improving energy performance in gulf-region residential high-rises', CTBUH Journal, pp. 38-43

Santamouris M; Ding L; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Osmond P; Paolini R; Prasad D; Synnefa A, 2017, 'Passive and active cooling for the outdoor built environment – Analysis and assessment of the cooling potential of mitigation technologies using performance data from 220 large scale projects', Solar Energy, vol. 154, pp. 14-33, 10.1016/j.solener.2016.12.006

Ghabra N; Rodrigues L; Oldfield P, 2017, 'The impact of the building envelope on the energy efficiency of residential tall buildings in Saudi Arabia', International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, vol. 12, pp. 411-419, 10.1093/ijlct/ctx005

Lochhead H; Oldfield PF, 2017, 'The Role of Design Competitions in Shaping Sydney's Public Realm', CTBUH Journal, vol. IV, pp. 34-39, http://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/3410-the-role-of-design-competitions-in-shaping-sydneys-public-realm.pdf

Wu X; Oldfield PF, 2015, 'How the “Civic” Trend Developed in the Histories of the Universities', Open Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 3, pp. 11-14, 10.4236/jss.2015.36003

Nicholson-Cole D; Oldfield P, 2012, 'Design research', CTBUH Journal, pp. 40-41

Oldfield P; Nicholson D, 2011, 'Design research', CTBUH Journal, pp. 46-47

Oldfield PF; Wood A, 2011, 'From the Orthogonal to the Irregular: The Role of Innovation in Form of High-Rise Buildings', Urbanism and Architecture, pp. 27-31

Oldfield P, 2011, 'Real life data to support environmental claims for tall buildings', CTBUH Journal, pp. 61

Oldfield P; Trabucco D; Wood A, 2009, 'Five energy generations of tall buildings: An historical analysis of energy consumption in high-rise buildings', Journal of Architecture, vol. 14, pp. 591-613, 10.1080/13602360903119405

Oldfield PF; Wood A, 2009, 'Tall Buildings in the Global Recession: 2008, 2020 and Beyond', CTBUH Journal, pp. 20-26, http://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/329-tall-buildings-in-the-global-recession-2008-2020-and-beyond.pdf

Wood A; Oldfield PF, 2008, 'Global Trends in High-Rise Design', Urbanism and Architecture, pp. 14-16

Wood A; Oldfield P, 2005, 'Bridging the gap: An analysis of proposed evacuation links at height in the world trade centre design competition entries', CTBUH 2005 - 7th World Congress Renewing the Urban Landscape, Proceedings

Conference Papers

Kuru A; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Bonser S, 2018, 'Multi-functional biomimetic adaptive facades: A case study', in . Proceedings of the COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network Final Conference: Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, pp. 241-250, presented at Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26 - 27 November 2018

Kuru A; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Bonser S, 2018, 'Multi-functional biomimetic adaptive facades: Developing a new framework', in Proceedings of the COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network Final Conference: Facade 2018 - Adaptive! Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26-27 November 2018, Lucerne, Switzerland,, Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, pp. 231-240, presented at Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26 - 27 November 2018

Hall S; Oldfield P; Mullins BJ; Pollard B; Criado-Perez C, 2017, 'Evidence Based Practice for the Built Environment: Can Systematic Reviews Close the Research - Practice Gap?', in Procedia Engineering, pp. 912-924, 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.341

Bansal K; Varshneya H; Oldfield PF, 2017, 'The History of the Skygarden: A Chronological Analysis of Socio-Communal Spaces at Height in Tall Buildings', in The History of the Skygarden: A Chronological Analysis of Socio-Communal Spaces at Height in Tall Buildings, GSTF, Singapore, pp. 25-33, presented at 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2017), Singapore, 08 - 09 May 2017, 10.5176/2301-394X_ACE17.42

Ghabra N; Rodrigues L; Oldfield PF, 2015, 'Energy Efficiency of Residential Tall Buildings in the Gulf Region: Trends and Solutions', in PLEA 2015, PLEA 2015, Bologne, presented at PLEA 2015, Bologne, 09 - 11 September 2015

Ghabra N; Oldfield PF; Rodrigues L, 2015, 'Investigating the Role of Façade Design in Improving Energy Efficiency for Residential Tall Buildings in Saudi Arabia', in 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies – SET 2015, 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies – SET 2015, Nottingham, presented at 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies – SET 2015, Nottingham, 25 - 27 August 2015

Pramati L; Oldfield PF, 2015, 'Tall Building Planning Strategy and Governance: What Can Jakarta Learn from Other Cities?', in 3rd International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015), 3rd International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015), Singapore, presented at 3rd International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015), Singapore, 13 - 14 September 2015, 10.5176/2301-394X_ACE15.95

Hadi Y; Oldfield PF; Heath T, 2014, 'Vertical Public Realms: Creating Urban Spaces in the Sky', in Wood A; Zheng S; Johnson T (eds.), Proceedings of the CTBUH 2014 Conference “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism”,, Council on Tall Buildings an Urban Habitat, Shanghai, pp. 112-119, presented at CTBUH 2014 “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism”,, Shanghai, 16 - 19 September 2014, http://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/1885-vertical-public-realms-creating-urban-spaces-in-the-sky.pdf

Oldfield P, 2012, 'Embodied carbon and high-rise', in Asia Ascending: Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City - A Collection of State-of-the-Art, Multi-Disciplinary Papers on Tall Buildings and Sustainable Cities, Proc. of the CTBUH 9th World Congress, pp. 614-622

Kilaire A; Oldfield PF, 2010, 'Aluminium and Double Skin Facades', in Katgerman L; Soetens F (eds.), Proceedings of the 11th International Aluminium Conference ‘INALCO’: “New Frontiers in Light Metals”, IOS Press, Einhoven University of Technology, Holland, pp. 177-188, presented at 11th International Aluminium Conference ‘INALCO’: “New Frontiers in Light Metals”, Einhoven University of Technology, Holland, 23 - 25 June 2010, 10.3233/978-1-60750-586-0-177

Oldfield P; Trabucco D; Wood A, 2008, 'Five energy generations of tall buildings: A historical analysis of energy consumption in high rise buildings', in CTBUH 2008, 8th World Congress - Tall and Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future, Congress Proceedings, pp. 300-310

Wood A; Oldfield P, 2007, 'Bridging the gap: An analysis of proposed evacuation links at height in the world trade center design competition entries', in Architectural Science Review, pp. 173-180, 10.3763/asre.2007.5023

Reports

Criado-Perez C; Pollard B; Oldfield PF; Collins C; Jackson C; Sanders K, 2018, Building Better Decisions: Why Good Evidence is Used (and Ignored) in the Built Environment Sector, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Ltd, Sydney, http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/sites/all/files/publications_file_attachments/building_better_decisions_final_230318.pdf

Robati M; Oldfield P; Akbar Nezhad A; Carmichael D, 2018, Embodied Carbon and Capital Cost Impact of Current Value Engineering Practices: A Case Study, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, Sydney, http://www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au/sites/all/files/publications_file_attachments/carbon_ve_project-stage_2-mr12.6.2018.pdf

Oldfield PF; Trabucco D; Wood A, 2014, Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, http://www.ctbuh.org/roadmap/ResearchRoadmap_CTBUH-CIB-UNESCO.pdf

Conference Posters

Oldfield PF, 2014, 'Vertical Farming: Architectural Design Considerations', in Vertical Farming: Architectural Design Considerations, International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture 2014, Nottingham, presented at International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture 2014, Nottingham, 09 - 10 September 2014

Conference Presentations

Oldfield PF; Waldren D; Larmour-Reid J; Weismantle P, 2017, 'Panel Discussion: Regulations Impacting Height Limits for High Rise Buildings', in Panel Discussion: Regulations Impacting Height Limits for High Rise Buildings, Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, 2017, Melbourne, presented at Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, 2017, Melbourne, 28 - 29 March 2017, http://www.skyscrapersconference.com.au/

Oldfield PF, 2017, 'Rethinking the Australian Skyscraper', in Rethinking the Australian Skyscraper, Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, 2017, Melbourne, presented at Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, 2017, Melbourne, 28 - 29 March 2017, http://www.skyscrapersconference.com.au/

Oldfield PF, 2016, 'A "Fabric First" Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design', in Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Shenzhen, pp. 952-960, presented at CTBUH 2016 Conference: Cities to Megacities, Shenzhen, 17 - 21 October 2016, http://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/2981-a-fabric-first-approach-to-sustainable-tall-building-design.pdf

Oldfield PF, 2016, 'Perfect Skyscrapers for Australia: Factors to Consider When Building Skyscrapers in Australian Cities', in Perfect Skyscrapers for Australia: Factors to Consider When Building Skyscrapers in Australian Cities, 8th Annual NSW Major Projcts Conference, Sydney, presented at 8th Annual NSW Major Projcts Conference, Sydney, 15 - 16 November 2016, http://www.nswconference.com.au/

Oldfield PF, 2016, 'Towers of the Future: How can we Reinvent High-Rise Housing?', in Towers of the Future: How can we Reinvent High-Rise Housing?, HIA Building Better Cities Summit 2016: Housing 2030, Sydney, presented at HIA Building Better Cities Summit 2016: Housing 2030, Sydney, 26 - 26 October 2016, http://hia.com.au/summit

Oldfield PF, (eds.), 2015, 'Vertical Urbanisation: A 21st Century Phenomenon', in Vertigo in the City, Vertigo in the City: Conversations between the Sciences, Arts and Humanities, London, pp. 36-36, presented at Vertigo in the City: Conversations between the Sciences, Arts and Humanities, London, 30 - 30 May 2015, http://vertigointhecity.com/

Oldfield PF, 2011, 'PassivHaus in Higher Education – A Lecturer’s Perspective', in PassivHaus in Higher Education – A Lecturer’s Perspective, UK PassivHaus Conference, London, presented at UK PassivHaus Conference, London, 24 - 25 October 2011

Oldfield P, 2011, 'The ‘PassivHaus’ Skyscraper: Opportunities and Challenges for ‘PassivHaus’ Thinking in Tall Building Design', in The ‘PassivHaus’ Skyscraper: Opportunities and Challenges for ‘PassivHaus’ Thinking in Tall Building Design, CTBUH 2011 World Conference “Why Tall? Green, Safety and Humanity”, Seoul, presented at CTBUH 2011 World Conference “Why Tall? Green, Safety and Humanity”, Seoul, 10 - 12 October 2011

Oldfield PF, 2010, 'The Carbon Impact of Tall: Embodied Energy in High Rise', in The Carbon Impact of Tall: Embodied Energy in High Rise, CTBUH 2010 World Conference India: ‘Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age’, Mumbai, presented at CTBUH 2010 World Conference India: ‘Remaking Sustainable Cities in the Vertical Age’, Mumbai, 03 - 05 February 2010

Creative Written Works

Oldfield P, 2019, Macquarie University Incubator, Architecture Australia

Oldfield PF, 2017, The EY Centre, Architecture Australia

Oldfield PF, 2016, Beyond the icon: despite a construction boom, Australian skyscraper design needs to evolve, Beyond the icon: despite a construction boom, Australian skyscraper design needs to evolve, theconversation.com, https://theconversation.com/beyond-the-icon-despite-a-construction-boom-australian-skyscraper-design-needs-to-evolve-57056

Oldfield PF, 2016, From Void-Deck to Skygarden, Urban Design Group Journal, Urban Design Group, http://www.udg.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/UD139_magazine.pdf

Oldfield PF, 2015, Don’t Fear the Skyscraper – Why London Needs More Tall Buildings, Don’t Fear the Skyscraper – Why London Needs More Tall Buildings, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/dont-fear-the-skyscraper-why-london-needs-more-tall-buildings-45029

Oldfield PF, 2014, Skylines around the World, Architects' Journal, http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/home/skyline/skylines-around-the-world/8662090.article