Membership of the Edge is multi-disciplinary, by invitation.
Robin Nicholson CBE, Cullinan Studio
RIBA Hon FIStructE Hon FCIBSE
Robin Nicholson is an architect and has been a partner of the cooperative practice Cullinan Studio/Edward Cullinan Architects since 1980 and Convenor of the Edge. He is Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Quality Forum, a Design Council CABE Design Review Chair: an Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a member of NHBC Foundation’s Expert Panel, a member of the Editorial Panel of Building Research and Information (BRI). He chaired the DCSF Zero Carbon Task Force (2008-10) and was a member of NHBC Board (2007-14), a CABE Commissioner (2002-10),Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (1998-2000) and sat on RIBA Council (1991-7).
Paddy Conaghan, Hoare Lea
BSc (hons) CEng MEI MCIBSE FConsE
Paddy Conaghan is a building environmental engineer and a former senior partner of Hoare Lea. Project-focused, with a track record that includes some notable buildings, he also headed Hoare Lea’s Research & Development and Sustainability specializations. A strong advocate of integrated design, Paddy is a member of the RIBA Visiting Board and the Edge Debate Committee with related university links, including as a Visiting Fellow at LSBU.
Francis Duffy CBE
PPRIBA PhD MArch AA Dipl (hons)
Frank Duffy is a Founder of DEGW. He specialises in relating organisational and technological change to the design of offices and other building types, has worked internationally for many business, governmental and institutional clients and has led several pioneering research projects into how buildings can best accommodate change over time. In terms of sustainability, his current primary interest is in finding ways to intensify space use. Frank has published over ten books and many articles. In 2004 he received the President’s Award for lifetime achievement from the British Council of Offices.
Chris Twinn, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation
FRSA BSc (hons) CEng MEI MCIBSE
Chris Twinn is a sustainability consultant and was director of Ove Arup & Partners leading the London Building Engineering Sustainability Group. His background is building services and architectural engineering widening in to planning and policy. Chris is a member of CABE Design Review Panel, a member of BRE Global Sustainability Board, the RIBA Sustainable Futures committee and the UKGBC Zero Carbon Task Group, and on the BSJ Editorial Panel. He has won numerous awards for his design work and is in constant demand as a conference presenter around the world and as a column writer.
Janet Kidner, Lend Lease Retail & Communities
BSc (hons) MSc (DIC) AIEMA
Janet Kidner is Head of Sustainability - Lend Lease Retail & Communities UK, Non-Executive Director of dcarbon8 (a carbon management and solutions company) and an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. Janet has achieved a Master of Science (distinction) in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.
Peter Guthrie OBE
FCGI FREng FICE
Peter is the Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development at University of Cambridge. His current research is focused on approaches to sustainable development in decision making in infrastructure, in sectors such as mining, large scale development projects, buildings and housing, and waste and materials in construction.
Simon Foxell, The Architects Practice
Simon is a practicing architect and Principal of The Architects Practice. He is an RIBA Client Adviser, member of Shape East’s and the Home Office’s Design Review panels and member of the Government’s Green Construction Board Routemap group. He is the author of several books including Starting a Practice: A Plan of Work, Mapping London and Mapping England. He acts as Treasurer for the Edge and is the editor of Edge Futures.
Dave Hampton, Carbon Coach
MA (Cantab) Chartered Environmentalist Chartered Engineer
Dave Hampton is an entertaining and motivational public speaker who helps leaders lead, by addressing their ‘off duty’ fossil fuel ‘addiction’. He lives in a highly energy efficient refurbished house in Marlow, Bucks, with his wife and 4 children, and keeps a low footprint. A Cambridge engineer and former GB rower, Dave had an illustrious professional career greening the built environment, culminating in winning Building’s inaugural Sustainability Leadership Award in 2005, the year he became the carbon coach.
Bill Gething, Architect and Sustainability Consultant
MA (Cantab) Dipl Arch RIBA
Bill is Professor of Architecture at the University of the West of England. He also practices as an architect and sustainability consultant, having been a long standing partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with whom he retains close ties. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath, vice-chair of BRE Global’s Governing Body, ex-chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee and a contributor to a number of Zero Carbon Hub programmes. He has particular expertise on adapting the built environment to a changing climate.
Bill Bordass OBE, William Bordass Associates
MA PhD Hon FRIBA Hon FCIBSE
Principal of William Bordass Associates and research and policy adviser to the Usable Buildings Trust. He studies how buildings actually work, how people get things done, and the relationships between users, management and technologies. He received CIBSE’s low-carbon pioneer award in 2008.
Mike Hitchens, Pell Frischmann
BSc(Eng) CEng FICE FIStrctE
Mike is a structural and civil engineer and holds Fellowship with both IStructE and ICE. He is a director of Pell Frischmann, leading the structural engineering building team in London, working collaboratively with architect led design and project teams. He is developing and evolving their existing reputation for the delivery of world-class engineering excellence in the built environment. His work has led to government sponsored, published research in façade engineering, masonry design and digital collaboration.
Paul Jowitt, Heriot Watt University
PhD DIC CEng CEnv FICE FIPENZ FRSA FCGI FRSE
Paul Jowitt is Professor of Civil Engineering Systems and Executive Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology at Heriot Watt University. Paul’s research interests concern the issues of sustainable development, risk, and the development of systems-level solutions and decision-making frameworks within civil engineering, the built environment, and environmental management.
Lynne Sullivan OBE, SustainableBYDesign
Lynne is a founding partner of SustainableBYDesign, and previously Sustainability Director at Broadway Malyan. The only architect on the Governments 2004-5 Sustainable Buildings Taskgroup, a member of the Governments Building Regulations Advisory Committee since 2002, and Chair of “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland” 2007, she sits on the RIBA’s Sustainable Futures Committee and Government’s Green Construction Board. Lynne is a MArch external examiner at several Schools of Architecture and a member of the Design Commission for Wales National Design Review Panel.
Mark Whitby, Davies Maguire + Whitby and EvoEnergy
BSc FREng FICE Hon FRIBA
Mark Whitby is a director of Davies Maguire + Whitby, a new structural engineering design practice founded with Gareth Davies, Seamus Maguire and Desmond Mairs in late 2010. He is also chairman of the solar PV company EvoEnergy and co-founder of Element Energy. Mark’s career has involved the engineering design of many notable buildings and bridges, and the Presidency of the Institution of Civil Engineers, serving 2001-2002. He is visiting lecturer at the Cambridge University School of Architecture. In 1983, Mark set up the firm that became whitbybird, which merged with Nordic consultancy Rambøll in 2007. He is also a founder of The Engineering Club, co-founder of Edge, and founder and chairman of Engineering Timelines.
Mike Murray, dmp
BTech PhD CEng FCIBSE MEI
With twenty years experience in single point delivery of integrated design and construction Mike is passionate about the need for interdisciplinary understanding and leadership. He has been a board member of CIBSE for the past seven years with the Sustainability and Regions portfolios. A Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, Mike is actively engaged in collaborative research management with several leading Universities and has a portfolio which includes strategy development, business planning, innovation management and operational leadership – working on business solutions from ideas to implementation.
Andy Ford, London South Bank University
BSc CEng FCIBSE
Andy is founding Director of Fulcrum Consulting, a global integrated sustainability and M&E practice now in its 25th year. His commitment to sustainability in the built environment is evidenced by extensive involvement in influential bodies - a CABE enabler, a member of the UK Government’s DCSF Zero Carbon Taskforce, a founding member of the UKGBC, chair of their technical committees and President of CIBSE. Andy is frequently invited onto judging panels and to speak on low energy and sustainable building design around the world.
Jim Green, Baylight Properties plc & Envos
MSc MRICS CEnv CES
Jim is a Chartered Environmentalist & Chartered Environmental Surveyor who wrote his Masters dissertation “Can Green Design add Value” at City University in 1999. He’s Development & Sustainability Director at development company, Baylight Properties and Technical Director at energy advisor, Envos. He’s worked with the RICS Sustainability Working Group, CIC Sustainable Development Committee and BERR Sustainable Construction Liaison Group and has also been Vice-chairman of the Wandsworth Challenge Partnership and Chairman of the Midhurst Community Partnership. In his spare time, Jim has run the London Marathon, taken astronomy, blacksmithing, photography and crime-writing courses and is currently learning to play the tenor sax!
Jane Wernick CBE, Jane Wernick Associates
FREng Hon FRIBA
Jane is a structural engineer who likes to collaborate with architects and other designers on any project that gives delight. She worked for Arup for many years, where her most notable project was the Millennium Wheel. She directs Jane Wernick Associates, a small firm responsible for a wide portfolio of buildings, bridges, sculptures and furniture. She has taught at many architecture schools, including Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the Mackintosh School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. She is a member of the CABE Design Review Panel, the CIC Diversity Panel and the steering committee of RIBA Building Futures, for which she edited the book ‘Building Happiness – Architecture to Make You Smile’.
Andrew Comer, Buro Happold
BSc Hons CEng FICE FIHT
Andrew Comer is a civil engineer, and has been a principal and main board director of international consulting engineers Buro Happold since 2000. He is a member of the Government-sponsored Innovation & Growth Team for the Construction Industry and sits on the Strategic Infrastructure Panel for the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a member of the Design Review panel for CABE.
Adam Poole, Buro Happold
Adam Poole works in the strategy team at Buro Happold. He trained as an Africanist and used to run an African affairs consultancy but got deflected into the built environment by a coup. He has been involved with the Edge for 13 years. Before joining Buro Happold he worked for 10 years as an ideas consultant for universities, designers, contractors, politicians and research organisations. Adam has also been involved in climate change politics at UN level, and has led a delegation of UK MPs for the Global Commons Institute.
Simon Smith, Smith & Wallwork
Simon is a structural engineer and a director at Smith and Wallwork. He is also a TRADA board director and a design teaching fellow at Cambridge University. In 2009 he was voted ‘Green Guru Engineer’ at Building Magazines online sustainability seminar for his work in embodied carbon in construction.
Dorte Rich Jørgensen, Atkins
BSc DPhil (Oxon) CEng MCIBSE MSBA Licensed BREEAM Assessor, CEEQUAL Assessor
Dr Dorte Rich Jørgensen works as the sustainability manager for the Atkins infrastructure design team on the Olympic Park site in East London. She has more than 20 years’ experience of successfully integrating sustainable principles into built environment and infrastructure schemes on a range of cutting-edge award-winning projects. She is also very experienced in effective behavioural change and works with senior executives to drive change into businesses. Dorte’s doctorate studies at Oxford were related to improving energy efficiency through automating the commissioning process and whilst a student she founded the graduate common room at Balliol College, Oxford.
BSc PGDip MSc PhD candidate, King’s College London
Elanor Warwick’s expertise is studying and understanding the built environment, and how to apply this learning and research in practice. She has a background in architecture and urban design, has been research fellow at UCL and established the Research Manager role at the Peabody Trust. Elanor spent over seven years as Head of Research at CABE, where she managed a diverse and extensive research programme covering all sectors of the built environment and the design process, providing evidence to shape national policy, and embed good design practices within the industry. She sits on the RIBA R&D committee, and Cambridge’s IBDE master’s programme board. She is currently a PhD candidate at King’s College London, researching how the concept of defensible space moves between theory, practice and policy.
CPhys CEng CEnv FREng FInstP FCIBSE FEI HonFRIBA
Doug is an environmental engineer who believes that the sensory experience of a building is a fundamental part of its architectural design. After establishing award winning engineering practice, King Shaw Associates, Doug now works independently on projects focusing on research, knowledge and capability in sustainable design. He is Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Building Physics at Bath University, Chief Science and Engineering Advisor to BRE, a member of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and Validation Panel, an advisor to the Ove Arup Foundation, a CABE Built Environment Expert and member of South West Design Review.
Stephen Hill C20 Futureplanners
MA (Land Economy) MRICS CEnv
Stephen is an independent public interest practitioner, working in planning and development since the early 1970s. He has been involved in public and private sector house building, planning and delivering mixed-use development, urban extensions and new settlements, and supporting community organisations in neighbourhood regeneration. He writes and speaks about sustainable development and the ethics and responsibilities of professionals, and thoroughly enjoys the experience of being a surveyor teaching designers about sustainable design, including being the course leader for the annual summer studio for final year students of Cambridge University’s Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Master’s Course.
Lorna Walker, Lorna Walker Consulting
BSc(Chem) MSc(Eng) FRSA CChem MRSC FCIWEM MIWM Hon DEng AoU SILC
Lorna is a chartered chemist and qualified civil engineer with almost 40 years experience. She is a Visiting Professor of Engineering Design for Sustainable Development at University of Sheffield. She is also a Commissioner of the government’s Infrastructure Planning Commission. Until 2004, she was a director of Arup and leader of Arup Environmental. She was also a member of Lord Rogers’ Urban Task Force, which spearheaded UK initiatives in the sustainable renaissance of our towns and cities. She was a CABE commissioner, responsible for health issues, and chaired the sustainability advisory committee, and she was a lead expert on the BIS Foresight programme, “Powering Our Lives: Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment”.
Lars Ostenfeld Riemann, Ramboll
Lars is a structural engineer and Group Director at Ramboll responsible for the Buildings Market and Sustainable Cities. He has been the chairman of the Danish Society for Structural Science and Engineering (2000-2005). Lars is passionate about sustainable development and is engaged in various think tanks where this topic is debated.
Sunand Prasad, Penoyre & Prasad LLP
Since founding Penoyre & Prasad in 1988 with Greg Penoyre, Sunand has played a central role in the design and delivery of the practice’s 300 plus projects, guiding the design philosophy of the practice and the design development of projects. The practice’s work has won over 80 awards and been widely published. Sunand was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 2007 to 2009 and a Founding Commissioner of CABE. He is a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board, a trustee of the think tank the Centre for Cities and of the arts and climate change charity Cape Farewell. He has long been engaged with capturing the value of design and was part of the core team developing the Construction Industry Council’s Design Quality Indicator. Sunand has written about architecture and cultural diversity, the value of design, architecture and construction, hospital design, urbanism and domestic architecture of North India, and the work of Le Corbusier. He contributes widely to conferences, publications, journals and broadcasts. He has taught, lectured and acted as external examiner in many schools of architecture in the UK and abroad, and continues to take an active interest in the nature of architectural education. He has been cycling round London and further afield for 30 years.
Caroline Cole, Colander
Caroline Cole is Founder and Director of Colander, a company that works across the built environment helping architects and engineers to hone their management skills and plan for the future, and helping developers and building owners to write development briefs and find the right consultants for their building projects. She has published numerous articles and papers about the business of design and has spoken at many conferences and seminars to promote good design to clients, and good business to the professions. Caroline studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge and has worked on both the supply and demand sides of the fence. She is a Trustee of the Ove Arup Foundation and a member of the RIBA Building Futures Steering Group.
Chris Jofeh, Arup
Chris Jofeh is Arup’s global buildings retrofit leader and is based in Cardiff, Wales. A civil and structural engineer, Chris has been responsible for leading multidisciplinary design teams on a wide range of projects at home and abroad. He has lived and worked in the UK, Middle East and USA, including three years as structural principal for Arup in Los Angeles. He studied atmospheric physics, cloud physics, and cloud systems at the University of Minnesota, and has taught and lectured in the UK, USA, China and Australia. His research interests are focused on the environmental physics of large volume enclosures in hot arid regions.
Tadj Oreszczyn, UCL Energy Institute
Tadj Oreszczyn MCIBSE MInstE, PhD, CEng is Professor of Energy and Environment and Director of the UCL Energy Institute University College London. Before becoming Professor Tadj was Director of the Energy Design Advice Scheme (EDAS) regional office based at the Bartlett, UCL. Subsequently, Tadj was Head of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies for 7 years and for 4 years, Vice Dean Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.
Tadj is the founding Director of the UCL Energy Institute a highly multi-disciplinary group of 80 staff and MRes/PhD students. The UCL Energy Institute has the aim of accelerating the transition to a globally sustainable energy system through world-class energy research, education and policy support.
Tadj’s current research interests include energy efficiency, indoor air quality and building related health problems. He has been involved in over 160 research publications half during the last 10 years, including papers in the Lancet, Energy Policy, Applied Energy, Energy and Buildings and Medical Entomology.
Garry Felgate, Association for the Conservation of Energy
BSc, PhD, FEI, FRSA
Garry runs operations and business development for ACE. Garry is a highly respected figure with extensive experience in the energy, energy efficiency and low carbon sectors.
He was a Director of the Carbon Trust where he led the Action Energy and Carbon Management programmes focusing on energy efficiency solutions and he was Chief Executive of the Energy Retail Association, which represented the big six energy supply companies in Britain where he participated in the development work of the supplier obligation for smart meters, the development of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation. Garry is a building engineer by background with his PhD being passive heating for homes. Garry is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and the RSA.
Peter Clegg, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
MA(Cantab) MEnvD RIBA RDI
Peter Clegg is a Founding Partner with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, having established the practice with
Richard Feilden in 1978. Widely regarded as a key pioneer in the field of environmental design, he has more than
30 years’ experience in low energy architecture and is actively involved in research, design and education.
Peter was the primary author of “Feilden Clegg Bradley: The Environmental Handbook” published in 2007, a
substantial account of the practice’s sustainable design experience over the last 30 years and a primer on the
implementation of environmental best practice. He is Chair of the Cabe affiliated South West Design Review
Panel, the RIBA awards group, and is a trustee of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Peter was Senior Partner in charge of the architectural developments at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the
new Central Office for the National Trust in Swindon. Current projects include refurbishment and renewal of
London’s Southbank Centre, the Leventis Art Gallery in Cyprus and the Brighton Dome; whilst recently completed
schemes include a substantial Higher Education scheme at Broadcasting Place for Leeds Metropolitan
University. Peter was also involved in The New Environmental Office, Building Research Establishment and the
European Research Institute, University of Birmingham.
He is a professor of Architecture at The University of Bath and in 2012/3 was the Sir Arthur Marshall visiting
Professor of Sustainable Urban Design at the University of Cambridge. He was made a Royal Designer for
Industry (RDI) in 2010.
Colin Haylock is an Architect-Planner with 40 years experience spanning public and private sector. He ran a large multi-disciplinary Environmental Design and Conservation Team for Newcastle City Council and managed specialist conservation services for the 5 Tyne and Wear Districts between 1988 and 1999. He subsequently worked as Urban Design Director for a major architectural practice before establishing Haylock Planning and Design as an independent specialist consultancy in 2011.
He has been intensely involved in the work of the RTPI since 1990 including leading and supporting the introduction of its obligatory CPD requirement in the mid 1990s. He was the Institute’s National President in 2012
He was heavily involved with the work of CABE throughout in a wide range of capacities and continues this engagement as a Built Environment Expert and Built for Life Examiner with Design Council CABE.
He is Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, a Visiting Lecturer. In 2012 he was appointed by Boris Johnson as one of the members of his London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group through to April 2016.
He is a member of numerous other review and awards assessment panels
Roberto, particle physicist by education, worked 35+ years at CERN and at major laboratories in the world. Member of the team that discovered the top-quark , author of 200+ peer-reviewed papers, developed technologies for bio-medical and energy fields, leading European and national programs and the Technology Transfer of CERN (2001-2005). Full Professor of Physics in Italy (1985-2013, now retired) and Honorary Visiting Professor at City Univ. London, he was the Scientific Attaché of the Italian Embassy in London (2005-2013). He presently works as a consultant in Energy and Hi-Tech, and is Senior Advisor to the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK.
Richard Lorch is an architect, researcher, author, Editor in Chief of an international research journal, Building Research & Information, and a book editor at Routledge. At Imperial College, he worked on climate policy - mitigation and adaptation paths - and has ongoing work on the environmental impacts of the built environment and building performance. His own research interests are in organisational / policy responses to environmental challenges and their impacts, the evolution and adaptation of the existing building stock and the diffusion and take-up of research by ‘end users’. As editor, he mediates between those producing research and those making use of it - stakeholders, practitioners, policy makers, and the academic community.
Oliver is a founding director of 5th Studio: Architects and Urban Designers, combining architectural practice with research focussed on sustainable construction and in particular to the adaptation of existing fabric. His work has been published by the Journal of the Historic Environment and RIBA Publications.
Recent project work at 5th Studio includes the sustainable refurbishment of the Grade I listed buildings at New Court in Trinity and award-winning low-carbon projects at St Catharine’s and Churchill College in Cambridge, which have established the practice’s reputation for innovative new build and retrofit housing. Current projects in Oxford, London and Cambridge are developing this approach over a wide range of projects – at scales from minor works to campus masterplanning and urban infrastructure.
Sue trained at the Architectural Association and worked in private practice in West Wales focusing on sustainable buildings in context. In parallel she has been a consultant for the landscape practice Lovejoy (now Capita Lovejoy) where she and Martin Kelly formed the Trees and Design Action Group in 2007. She has also advised Ecobuild on the conference and seminar programme for many years. The focus of her present work is on the collation and dissemination of research and information.
Jane Briginshaw, Jane Briginshaw Associates
JANE BRIGINSHAW specialises in
- design policy development and innovation
- building standards in government departments and government agencies
- quality and sustainability in housing, schools and planning
- urban and rural sustainable development, city and estate planning and regeneration
Experienced Committee Chair, Community Leader and Campaigner underpinned by a suite of skills incorporating high level communications, strategic thinking, leadership and advocacy.
Major pieces of work include five years advising government ministers on Building Schools for the Future for the Department for Children, Schools and Families; five years leading design and sustainability strategy and research for the government housing and land agency the Homes and Communities Agency and chairing Design South East design reviews; an early career as practising architect and lecturer in architecture, and a term as Local Councillor
Debates (10 most recent)
- Edge Debate 80: Level 2 BIM; how’s it been for you?
- Edge Debate 79: Overheating in UK buildings – a disaster waiting to happen?
- Debate 78 - Heritage Capital
- Debate 76: Co-producing Neighbourhood Resilience, Sheffield
- Debate 75: ‘Generalist’ versus ‘Specialist’ - Learning for a Sustainable Built Environment, LSBU
- Edge Debate 77: Not invented here! R&D in Construction, Kings Cross
- Collaboration for Change: Manchester
- Collaboration for Change - Reading
- Debate 74: Building better places – who cares?, House of Lords
- Debate 73: EU Referendum - Environmental & climate change consequences for the built environment
- 5th Studio
- Adams Kara Taylor (AKT)
- Building Research & Information
- Buro Happold
- Carbon Coach
- Carbon Trust
- Chartered Institute of Building
- Construction Industry Council
- Cullinan Studio
- Davies Maguire + Whitby
- Designing Buildings Wiki
- Exploration Architecture
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Hoare Lea
- Institution of Civil Engineers
- Jane Wernick Associates
- Max Fordham
- Mott MacDonald (Fulcrum)
- NCEUB Wiki
- Penoyre & Prasad
- Royal Instit. of Chartered Surveyors
- Scott Brownrigg
- Society for the Environment
- The Architects Practice
- The Building Centre
- The Institution of Structural Engineers
- The Ove Arup Foundation
- Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)
- UCL Energy Institute
- Usable Buildings Trust