W. Ranald Boydell

I have taught sustainable development for masters courses at both Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities. At the heart of my teaching is the premise that sustainable is "normal" - that it is an essential part of how societies operate and integral to the history of human civilisation - and that by understanding it in this way we can more readily see how to integrate the principles of sustainable development into every aspect of our lives in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergency.

I have a particular interest in sustainable homes, looking at how we can readily build to net-zero-carbon standards now, using natural non-oil-derived materials which help to achieve low embodied carbon and high indoor air quality as well as broader environmental benefits.

In architecture, I obtained my Part 1 from the University of Sydney and Part 2 from Edinburgh College of Art (awarded by Heriot Watt University). I am registered as an architect in Australia and am (still) studying for my Part 3 in the UK.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2012–2017
    Tutor, University of Edinburgh
  • 2004–2005
    Tutor, University of Newcastle (Aus)


  • 1991 
    Heriot Watt University, Dip.Arch.
  • 1987 
    University of Sydney, B.Sci.Arch.


  • 2004
    Time Gentlemen Please! Maitland's Hotels Past and Present,

Professional Memberships

  • NSW Architects Registration Board