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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). 
Publications:
Books

Oldfield P, 2019, The Sustainable Tall Building A Design Primer, Routledge, London / New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315695686

Book Chapters

Oldfield P, 2020, 'Big: The Potential of Scale', in Bruhn C (ed.), MMXX: Two Decades of Architecture in Australia, Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, pp. 181 - 183

Oldfield P; Swinbourne R; Symons K, 2019, 'Decarbonising Commercial Buildings', in Newton P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment, Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 163 - 191, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6_9

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

Wu X; Oldfield P; Heath T, 2020, 'Spatial openness and student activities in an atrium: A parametric evaluation of a social informal learning environment', Building and Environment, vol. 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107141

Kuru A; Oldfield P; Bonser S; Fiorito F, 2020, 'A framework to achieve multifunctionality in biomimetic adaptive building skins', Buildings, vol. 10, pp. 114 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/BUILDINGS10070114

Yu M; Robati M; Oldfield P; Wiedmann T; Crawford R; Nezhad AA; Carmichael DG, 2020, 'The impact of value engineering on embodied greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment: A hybrid life cycle assessment', Building and Environment, vol. 168, pp. 106452 - 106452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.106452

Criado-Perez C; Collins CG; Jackson CJ; Oldfield P; Pollard B; Sanders K, 2020, 'Beyond an ‘informed opinion’: evidence-based practice in the built environment', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, vol. 16, pp. 23 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2019.1617670

Kuru A; Oldfield P; Bonser S; Fiorito F, 2019, 'Biomimetic adaptive building skins: Energy and environmental regulation in buildings', Energy and Buildings, vol. 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.109544

Oldfield P; Doherty B, 2019, 'Offset Cores: Trends, Drivers and Frequency in Tall Buildings', CTBUH Journal, vol. 2019, pp. 40 - 47, https://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/4186-offset-cores-trends-drivers-and-frequency-in-tall-buildings.pdf

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

Hammad A; Akbarnezhad A; Oldfield PF, 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.05.061

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

Ghabra N; Rodrigues L; Oldfield PF, 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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijlct/ctx005

Hadi Y; Heath T; Oldfield PF, 2017, '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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2017.09.001

Ghabra N; Rodrigues L; Oldfield PF, 2017, 'Improving Energy Performance in Gulf Residential High-Rises', CTBUH Journal, pp. 38 - 43, http://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/3372-improving-energy-performance-in-gulf-region-residential-high-rises.pdf

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

Santamouris M; Ding L; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Osmond P; Paolini R; Prasad D; Synnefa A, 2016, '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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2016.12.006

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, http://dx.doi.org/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 P, 2011, 'Real life data to support environmental claims for tall buildings', CTBUH Journal, pp. 61

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; 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, http://dx.doi.org/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 Luible A; Gosztonyi S (ed.), Proceedings of the COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network Final Conference: Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, TU Delft Open, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, pp. 241 - 250, presented at Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26 November 2018 - 27 November 2018, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329196292_Facade_2018_-_Adaptive_Proceedings_of_the_COST_Action_TU1403_Adaptive_Facades_Network_Final_Conference

Kuru A; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Bonser S, 2018, 'Multi-functional biomimetic adaptive facades: Developing a new framework', in Luible A; Gosztonyi S (ed.), 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,, TU Delft Open, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, pp. 231 - 240, presented at Facade 2018 - Adaptive!, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, 26 November 2018 - 27 November 2018, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329196292_Facade_2018_-_Adaptive_Proceedings_of_the_COST_Action_TU1403_Adaptive_Facades_Network_Final_Conference

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 May 2017 - 09 May 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.5176/2301-394X_ACE17.42

Hall S; Oldfield PF; Mullins B; Pollard B; Criado-Perez C, 2016, 'Evidence based practice for the built environment: Can systematic reviews close the research - practice gap?', in Ding L; Fiorito F; Osmond P (eds.), Proceedia Engineering, Elsevier, Sydney, pp. 912 - 924, presented at International High- Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 18 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.341

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 September 2015 - 14 September 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.5176/2301-394X_ACE15.95

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 September 2015 - 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 August 2015 - 27 August 2015

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 September 2014 - 19 September 2014, http://global.ctbuh.org/resources/papers/download/1885-vertical-public-realms-creating-urban-spaces-in-the-sky.pdf

Oldfield PF, 2012, 'Embodied Carbon and High-Rise', in Wood A; Johnson T; Li GQ (eds.), Proceedings of the CTBUH 9th World Congress “Asia Ascending: Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City”, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Shanghai, pp. 614 - 622, presented at CTBUH 9th World Congress “Asia Ascending: Age of the Sustainable Skyscraper City”, Shanghai, 19 September 2012 - 22 September 2012, http://ctbuh.org/Portals/0/Repository/Oldfield_2012_EmbodiedCarbonHigh-Rise.6d314622-4f39-444f-83ea-aa717dfc447b.pdf

Kilaire A; Oldfield PF, 2010, 'Aluminium and Double Skin Facades', in Katgerman L; Soetens F (ed.), 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 June 2010 - 25 June 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-586-0-177

Oldfield PF; Trabucco D; Wood A, 2008, 'Five Energy Generations of Tall Buildings: A Historical Analysis of Energy Consumption in High Rise Buildings', in Wood A (ed.), Proceedings of the CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai: ‘Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future’, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Dubai, pp. 300 - 300, presented at Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future, Dubai, 03 March 2008 - 05 March 2008

Wood A; Oldfield PF, 2005, 'Bridging the Gap: An Analysis of Proposed Evacuation Links at Height in the World Trade Centre Design Competition Entries', in Digital Proceedings of the CTBUH 7th World Congress: ‘Renewing the Urban Landscape’, New York, pp. 173 - 180, presented at CTBUH 7th World Congress: ‘Renewing the Urban Landscape’, New York, 16 October 2005 - 19 October 2005, http://dx.doi.org/10.3763/asre.2007.5023

Conference Posters

Oldfield PF, 2014, 'Vertical Farming: Architectural Design Considerations', Nottingham, presented at International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture 2014, Nottingham, 09 September 2014 - 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', presented at Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, 2017, Melbourne, 28 March 2017 - 29 March 2017, http://www.skyscrapersconference.com.au/

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

Oldfield PF, 2016, 'A "Fabric First" Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design', pp. 952 - 960, presented at CTBUH 2016 Conference: Cities to Megacities, Shenzhen, 17 October 2016 - 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', presented at 8th Annual NSW Major Projcts Conference, Sydney, 15 November 2016 - 16 November 2016, http://www.nswconference.com.au/

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

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

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

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

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

Reports

Augros R; Dixon I; Partridge L; Oldfield P; Slee B; Vasilakopoulou K, 2019, Guide to Low Carbon Commercial Buildings – New Build, CRC LCL, Sydney, http://builtbetter.org/node/8177

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