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Mr Oliver Wilton
  • Lecturer in Environmental Design
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
I am a Lecturer in Environmental Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where I am responsible for leading academic agendas in environmental design across the School. I am also a practicing architect and a Co-Director of the UCL Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.

Environmental design is a complex, cross-cutting field and my teaching on this covers diverse matters from building environmental and energy performance through material technology and construction strategy to ecology and hydrology. This is informed by my experience in practice working as an architect and adviser on complex projects and by my research on building performance and the performance of people in buildings.

I have over 15 years’ experience working as an architect and environmental design consultant. I have worked on a range of innovative built projects at a number of progressive practices including Brian Ford & Associates, Studio E Architects, Foster and Partners and RH Partnership. Additionally, I undertake a range of consultancy currently including technical assessor for the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy and developing and delivering of Eco-design training to construction industry SMEs under the EU-funded ECHOES programme in collaboration with The Bartlett School of Construction Project Management.
Research Summary
My current research projects address environmental design from a climate scale to a building component scale. Research on ‘Interseasonal Architecture’ investigates and proposes architecture that takes from one season and gives to another. Research on ‘Innovative Environmental Design Strategy...Did it Work?’, undertaken with Jake Hacker, Visiting Professor of Building Physics at the UCL Energy Institute, undertakes design analysis and simple post-occupancy evaluation of some recent noteworthy buildings, and compares key intentions with outcomes. Research on ‘Phase-Change Material (PCM) Thermal Stores’, undertaken with Jake Hacker and Nick Hopper, Technical Director at Monodraught and supported by a UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources grant, investigates the role PCM thermal stores could play in low energy thermal regulation of buildings across Europe.

My past research activities have included involvement in major EU-funded research projects addressing Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling and Light/Vent Pipes and research on methods of teaching low energy building design to architects and engineers.

In addition to my own research activities, I play an enabling role on environmental design research at The Bartlett School of Architecture. My activities here include co-ordinating research collaborations with Max Fordham LLP, collaboration with the UCL Faculty of Engineering Science as a part of the UCL RAEng Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design and arranging the co-hosting of a number of symposia on low impact building materials and construction systems with the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products.
Teaching Summary
I have been teaching at The Bartlett School of Architecture on a part-time basis since 2001, deploying a creative, technical and responsive approach to teaching environmental design for architecture in contexts of advanced design ambition. My approach is that of active engagement in and support of the diverse range of academic agendas pursued by the School’s design units. At undergraduate level my main focus is on teaching environmental design at a building and component/assembly scale. At post-graduate level my teaching encompasses a broad range of environmental design and sustainability fields and scales, from microclimate moderation down to the design, fabrication and testing of full-scale physical prototypes. My role at The Bartlett School of Architecture also encompasses broader activities including co-ordinating and leading a team of part-time and visiting environmental design tutors.

Since 2002 I have taught environmental design to graduate architecture and engineering students on the MSc Environmental Design Engineering (MSc EDE) programme at The Bartlett school of Graduate Studies. Here, students undertake design for passive regulation and use environmental simulation software to model successive iterations of their building designs, testing environmental design hypotheses against project ambitions and quantitative targets. I also currently teach environmental design and sustainability to engineering students using design studio teaching methods on the MEng Civil Engineering programme in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

Additional to my activities at UCL I have taught at several other universities including acting as Diploma Unit Master at the University of Cambridge, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London and design and thesis tutor on the MA Architecture programme at Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark.
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