Philip Oldfield is Head of School at UNSW Built Environment, having previously been the Director of the Architecture program.
Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was the co-creator and Course Director of the MArch in Sustainable Tall Buildings at the University of Nottingham, UK – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. He has also taught at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.
Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall building design, sustainability, liveability and embodied carbon. He is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and is author of the book “The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer” published by Taylor and Francis in 2019. He has led over $1 million of funded research projects with diverse inter-disciplinary teams from industry and academia, tackling issues varying from how we use evidence to create high performance buildings, to strategies to simultaneously reduce embodied carbon and cost in buildings. He was a guest editor for Energy and Buildings on a special issue dedicated to embodied carbon, and has also published in The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Science Review, Solar Energy, A+U, Emotion Space and Society and more.
He has a passion for teaching in higher education, across both architectural studio and seminar courses, and has been recognised as a Scientia Education Fellow at UNSW. In addition, he is a British Science Association Media Fellow and regularly writes articles for Architecture Australia, Architects’ Journal, the Guardian and many other publications. He is a guest editor of a special edition of Architecture Australia dedicated to 'Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure', published in September 2019.