Edge Members

Membership of the Edge is multi-disciplinary, by invitation.

Robin Nicholson

Robin Nicholson

Robin Nicholson CBE, Cullinan Studio



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

Paddy Conaghan

Paddy Conaghan, Hoare Lea

BSc (hons) BSc (Hons) CEng FCIBSE MEI FConsE


Paddy Conaghan is a building environmental engineer and was the senior partner of Hoare Lea in London for 20 years. Project-focused, with a track record that included some notable buildings, he also headed Hoare Lea’s Research & Development and Sustainability specializations. A strong advocate of integrated design, Paddy has been a member of the REF 2014 Built Environment Panel, the RIBA Visiting Board and a Vice President of CIBSE. He remains a consultant to Hoare Lea and is a RAEng visiting professor at Heriot-Watt University.

Frank Duffy

Frank Duffy

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 primary interest has been 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

Chris Twinn

Chris Twinn, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation



With a background is building design, planning, implementation and policymaking, Chris runs his own practice after 28 years with Arup as director & Arup Fellow. The premise behind much of his work is that a more efficient built-environment should use less natural resources and in turn deliver sustainability at less than business-as-usual costs. His projects span the world, with many firsts, including zero carbon and extra-low resource use prototypes, as well Eco-city masterplanning. Chris has been and is a wide range of design review panels, including Design Council: CABE and Historic England Urban panel and is a frequent Chatham House contributor.

Peter Guthrie

Peter Guthrie

Peter Guthrie OBE



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

Simon Foxell

Simon Foxell, The Architects Practice



Simon is a practicing architect and Principal of The Architects Practice. He is a member of Islington Council’s and the Home Office’s Design Review panels. He is the author of several books including: Professionalism for the Built Environment, A Carbon Primer, Starting a Practice: A Plan of Work, Mapping London and Mapping England. He acts as Co-ordinator for the Edge.

Dave Hampton

Dave Hampton

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

Bill Gething

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

Bill Bordass

Bill Bordass OBE, William Bordass Associates



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

Mike Hitchens

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

Paul Jowitt

Paul Jowitt, Heriot Watt University



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

Lynne Sullivan

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

Mark Whitby

Mark Whitby, Davies Maguire + Whitby and EvoEnergy



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

Mike Murray

Mike Murray, dmp



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

Andy Ford

Andy Ford, London South Bank University



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

Jim Green

Jim Green, Baylight Properties plc & Envos



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

Jane Wernick

Jane Wernick CBE, consultant to engineersHRW



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. In 1998 she founded Jane Wernick Associates, a small firm responsible for a wide portfolio of buildings, bridges, sculptures and furniture. In 2015 the firm was incorporated into engineersHRW, a firm of similar ethos, to which she is now a consultant. 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 various Design Review and other judging panels, and was on the steering committee of RIBA Building Futures, for which she edited the book ‘Building Happiness – Architecture to Make You Smile’.

Adam Poole

Adam Poole

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.

Dorte Rich Jørgensen

Dorte Rich Jørgensen

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.

Elanor Warwick

Elanor Warwick

Elanor Warwick



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 has a PhD from King’s College London, researching how the concept of defensible space moves between theory, practice and policy.

Doug King

Doug King

Doug King



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

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

Lorna Walker, Lorna Walker Consulting



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”.


Sunand Prasad

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

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

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

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

Garry Felgate, Association for the Conservation of Energy



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

Peter Clegg, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios



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

Colin Haylock


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


Salvator Roberto Amendolia

Roberto Amendolia


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 Photo Clare Park (c)

Richard Lorch


Richard Lorch trained and practiced as an architect and is the Editor-in-Chief of Buildings & Cities - an international research journal www.buildingsandcities.org. He is a visiting professor at University College London and Politecnico di Milano and on the advisory board of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School.  He works on organisational / policy responses to  climate change - mitigation and adaptation paths - and the environmental impacts of the built environment and building performance at different scales from the individual building to neighbourhood to city.   As editor, a key concern is the diffusion and take-up of research and new knowledge by ‘end users’ - promoting two-way dialogue between stakeholders, practitioners, policy makers, and the academic community.


Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith


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 James

Sue James


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, 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

Andrew Scoones

Andrew Scoones, Ngenuity Ltd


Andrew Scoones is involved in professional development communications for architecture, construction and related business sectors. He is Director of ngenuity Ltd, which produces events, exhibitions, website and videos for mainly educational projects. With a background in television production, he was previously Manager of the Building Centre Trust where he developed the professional education programme for over 20 years.
He is coordinator of The Engineering Club a consortium of engineering practices for whom he produces events, courses and other entertainments. He is advisor to The Happold Foundation for whom he also produces a number of thought-leadership events. He is a member of the professional think-tank The Edge, Honorary Treasurer of DOCOMOMO, a part-time tutor at the Bartlett. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. When he is not putting on events, he is on his bike (or planning some long distance excursion) tending his allotment, spreading the joys of Italian Wine or looking after his bees.

Julie Godefroy

Julie Godefroy, Julie Godefroy Sustainability


Julie is a sustainability consultant. She is a chartered engineer and has a PhD in low-carbon buildings, and has been working in the built environment for over 10 years.
She has been involved in a variety of projects from early masterplanning stages through to operation, including energy and sustainability strategies, post-occupancy evaluation, environmental certification, strategic advice, and policy work. She has worked in most sectors, with a particular interest in housing, the arts and culture sector, and heritage buildings.
After 9 years in a large consultancy, she works as independent consultant on a variety of projects, including Tranquil City (www.tranquilcity.co.uk), sustainability consultancy on commercial offices, and the upcoming revision to CIBSE’s Technical Memorandum 40 Health and Wellbeing in Building Services. She is also currently CIBSE Head of Sustainability Development, as maternity cover.
She is on the advisory group for UCL’s MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings, on the steering group for the Ecobuild 2018 conference, and on the National Trust’s Historic Environment Group and Design Advice Forum.


Francesca Berriman

Francesca Berriman MBE, CIAT

HonDTech LLB (Hons) FRSA


Francesca Berriman has been Chief Executive at CIAT since 1995 and has worked within the Architectural Technology and built environment sector for 30 years. Amongst her many achievements, Francesca led the Institute in gaining its Royal Charter in 2005; and also its recognition as a Competent Authority within the European Union. In 2008 she undertook the first built environment UK Institute AGM in Hong Kong, and in 2018 she again will lead the Institute in its AGM in Denmark.

In addition to this Francesca is: a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and current Chair of its Programmes Committee; a Council member of (and former Vice Chairman of both) the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), the Construction Industry Council (CIC); and is a member of Edge, a think tank for the built environment. Francesca has been a judge for a variety for awards such as the Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, and the Landscape Institute. She also sits on Panels and speaks at events and seminars internationally.

Francesca was made an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Birthday Honours for services to the Architectural Technology profession; in 2014 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Southampton Solent University; and was the keynote speaker at the 2016 National Building Design International Conference in Australia.


Tim Forman

Tim Forman



Tim Forman (BA MSc PhD) is a researcher and academic at the University of Cambridge. Tim’s research and teaching relate to the design, construction and renovation of sustainable and resilient buildings and built environments. His research interests are centred on the challenges associated with adapting existing built assets to meet sustainability targets and suit future climate conditions, and on improving interdisciplinary practice in industry. Tim works at the Centre for Sustainable Development, where he supports delivery of the ‘Engineering for Sustainable Development’ Master’s course and at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where he is acting Deputy Course Director of the ‘Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment’ Master’s course.

Julie Futcher

Julie Futcher

Julie Futcher



Julie is a chartered architect from professional practice, and since completing her PhD has worked as an independent consultant on climate responsive urbanism and the energy exchanges that characterise densely built urban landscapes. Her work focusses on the role of built form (the dimensions of buildings and their placement in relation to each other) in regulating these exchanges and draws attention to many of the built form outcomes which currently fall outside the broader discussion on sustainable urban development, including impacts on health and wellbeing of the wider population and on green infrastructure alongside air quality. This research is multi-disciplinary in its approach bringing together the expertise of architects, engineers, planners, geographers and climatologists at both academic and practitioner levels.

Julie has strong affiliations both nationally and internationally and has pulled together a team of researchers which are leading research into the development of a planning framework to assess urban climate effects to guide urban design in a climate-sensitive manner.


Michelle Wang

Michelle Wang, Hoare Lea


Michelle is a building sustainability consultant who has recently completed an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King’s College London. During her degree, she studied the London Plan public consultation process, with a focus on deliberative and participatory decision-making processes. Prior to that, she attained her undergraduate degree in Architecture and worked briefly in the field. Her interests lie in sustainable buildings and the socio-political dimensions of climate change, policymaking, and the governance of urban space.


A typical meeting at Hoare Lea's offices in London with 3 environmental engineers, 2 architects and 1 Africanist.