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Prof Philip Steadman
G18
Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
London
WC1H 0NN
Appointment
  • Principal Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies and Built Form Studies
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Philip Steadman studied Architecture at Cambridge from 1960 to 1965, and after graduating joined the newly formed Centre for Land Use and Built Form Studies at Cambridge (later the Martin Centre). He worked on university planning, and on people’s use of time in towns. In 1972 he was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University. In 1977 he went to the Open University to join a research group brought together by Lionel March, the Centre for Configurational Studies. He was the Director of this group until 1998. He worked first at the OU on mathematical methods for representing and enumerating small rectangular plans. This led on to studies of the British housing stock, and to studies of non-domestic building types. He has been particularly interested in the relationship of energy use both to the forms of buildings, and to land use patterns and transport networks in cities. From the early ‘90s he worked for the UK government, with a large team, to build a model of energy use in the entire non-domestic building stock of England and Wales, whose purpose was to test policies for cutting CO2 emissions. He has also carried out, with colleagues, a series of studies of fuel use in buildings and in transport in cities using integrated land-use and transport simulation models. Both these programmes of work continued at UCL, which he joined in 1999.

He has published two books on geometry and architecture: The Geometry of Environment (with Lionel March, 1971), and Architectural Morphology (1983). His study of The Evolution of Designs: Biological Analogy in Architecture and the Applied Arts came out in 1979 and was republished in an updated edition in 2008. He has also written books on energy and the built environment, American  cities, the effects of nuclear attack on Britain, and the painting technique of  Johannes Vermeer (Vermeer’s Camera, 2001). He has been working on a book about building types, considered from both historical and geometrical points of view, Building Types and Built Forms, scheduled to appear in 2014.

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Philip Steadman works primarily on the use of energy in buildings with special emphasis on the non-domestic stock, and has led two recent EPSRC-funded projects on this subject: Building and Energy Data Frameworks, and New Empirically-Based Models of Energy Use in the Building Stock. This work will continue in the UCL Energy Institute's new Centre for Energy Epidemiology, also funded by EPSRC. In the past he has worked on the relationship of energy use to patterns of land uses and transport networks in cities. He was a partner in the PROPOLIS project funded by the EC, whose purpose was to compare European cities in terms of their sustainability. A second theme in Steadman's research is the geometry of architectural form, on which he has published two books, The Geometry of Environment (with Lionel March, 1971) and Architectural Morphology (1983). He is just completing a new book Building Types and Built Forms, to be published in 2014. A third strand in his work is the history of perspective in painting. His book on the 17th century Dutch master Vermeer's Camera was published in 2001, and has been featured in some fifteen television programmes, as well as in a full-length documentary film to appear in 2014.

Teaching Summary

Philip Steadman's teaching at UCL since 1999 has been almost exclusively in the supervision of PhD candidates, with some additional lecturing on MSc courses (Urban Design, Advanced Architectural Studies, Environmental Design and Engineering etc.)

Academic Background
1963 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Architecture University of Cambridge
  DSC Doctor of Science – Architecture University of Cambridge
1966 MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1965 Dip. Diploma – Architecture University of Cambridge
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