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Dr Philip Oldfield

Director Architecture
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). 
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