Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture & Design, UNSW

Dr. Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture & Design, Faculty of the Built Environment. At UNSW Philip co-ordinates the High Performance Technology stream in the Masters in Architecture course, running a design-research studio exploring sustainable high-rise architecture.

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. His current research activities include;

The Carbon Implications of Tall: A Life Cycle Energy / Carbon Analysis of High-Rise Buildings
Vertical Public Realms: The Design and Experience of Social / Public Spaces in the Sky
The PassivHaus Skyscraper: An Investigation into the Opportunities and Challenges for PassivHaus Performance in High-Rise Residential Buildings in Temperate Climates
Philip is an active member of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and is Co-Chair of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group and a member of the Expert Peer Review Committee and Seed Funding Review Committee.

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, CTBUH Journal and Urbanism and Architecture.

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), 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.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor and Course Director, Masters in Sustainanble Tall Buildings, University of Nottingham