I am a sustainability consultant, working in the fields of architecture and energy. I work mainly,but not exclusively on projects involving housing in the UK and I am based in London. My interest is primarily in what makes a sustainable place, or what makes a place sustainable. Can we say with confidence that we know the answer to either question? I expect to spend a lot of my time in the future working on the answers to these questions. I already spend a lot of time on this and I write on this subject in this blog.
My background is that I was born in Dublin. I was educated in Ireland and have worked in London, UK since 1988. I have a Degree in Architecture from University College Dublin and a Masters in Intelligent Buildings from Reading University.
Having worked as an architect for fifteen years or so it became obvious to me that the future for buildings and building design must be centred on building performance. It’s how buildings work and enable their occupants to use them that matters at least as much as what they look like. But this is an aspect of buildings that is not sufficiently explored in architectural training.
Since then, I have become a Code for Sustainable Homes assessor, a SAP assessor and a BREEAM assessor in an effort to understand what we mean by ‘more sustainable’ when it comes to housing in the UK, I employ a team of consultants with wider skills including LIfecycle Assessment, building simulation and Post Occupancy assessment. I have been fortunate to have been involved in some leading edge projects which have investigated what low and zero carbon means in the housing context, both for new-build and for refurbishment.
I am now Partner at HTA, and with my Sustainable Futures team I plan to go on exploring this difficult but essential subject as long as these questions remain.
The journey towards a more sustainable built environment is just beginning. There is a Chinese proverb that says “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, so that’s what I am doing, one step at a time.