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Associate Professor in Architecture, UNSW Sydney

Dr. Philip Oldfield is an Associate Professor and Director of the Architecture Program at UNSW Sydney.

Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK. At Nottingham he was the creator and Course Director of the Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught tall building studio and lecture modules at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.

Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall buildings, sustainability and embodied energy / carbon. Philip writes widely around the topics of tall building design and sustainability and has had peer-reviewed papers published in the Journal of Architecture, Architectural Science Review, Energy and Buildings, Solar Energy and more. He is author of the book "The Sustainable Tall Building: A Design Primer", published by Routledge in 2019.

He is also a regular contributor to the media, and in 2015 was awarded a funded British Science Association Media Fellowship to spend four weeks working with the Guardian Newspaper, alongside the science and environment teams. He has written a number of articles for the Guardian and for the Architects’ Journal (UK), Architecture Australia, The Conversation (UK), Middle East Construction Magazine (UAE), STRUCTURE Magazine (USA), and BbICOTHbIE (Russia) amongst others. He has presented a segment on BBC 1's Inside/Out exploring future housing in the UK, and has also been interviewed on The Discovery Channel.


  • 2008–2015
    Lecturer, University of Nottingham