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Brian Ford

Chair in Bioclimatic Architecture, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Brian Ford is an architect and environmental design consultant who has over 25 years experience in architectural practice and consultancy. He has specialised in the field of environmental design. His experience in the design of naturally ventilated and passively cooled buildings in different parts of the world includes acting as consultant for the Sydney Olympic Stadium, Australia; Pittsburgh Convention Center, USA; Torrent Research Laboratories, India; the Malta Stock Exchange, Duxford 'AirSpace' Museum, UK, as well as theatres, offices and University buildings. In partnership with Professor Alan Short, he won awards for the design of the Queens Building for De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, and for the Simmonds Farsons Cisk Brewery Process building in Malta.

Appointed Professor of Bio-climatic Architecture at the University of Nottingham in 2003, he completed a four year term as Head of the School of the Built Environment in July 2008, and as Head of the Research Division in Architecture and Urbanism in November 2012. Brian's own research experience has concentrated on natural ventilation and passive cooling (including six international collaborative research projects). He has recently completed an EC funded R&D project on Passive & Hybrid Downdraught Cooling, which resulted in the book 'The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling', published in June 2010.

External activities include membership of Sub-Panel 16 (Architecture, Planning and the Built Environment), for the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014; Membership of the RIBA Research & Innovation Committee 2011 - ; Membership of the UK Government Zero Carbon Task Force for Schools 2008 -2010; Membership of the Editorial Board for Architecture Research Quarterly 2004 - ; and Board membership of the International PLEA Conference Organisation 2004. He also contributes to the not-for-profit organisation 'Building Green Futures', founded by Mario Cucinella and based in Italy.

Expertise Summary

Brian Ford has experience as a general practice architect, but has specialised in environmental design in architecture, and has expertise in the thermal performance of buildings, daylighting and solar control, natural ventilation and passive cooling. He also has experience in the design and testing of prototype building components and mechanisms.

Research Summary

'Green Street: in-use and post-occupancy evaluation of new low carbon housing in Nottingham'. A collaborative project investigating the performance of 8 houses which form part of the 'Code 4 Housing… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

'Green Street: in-use and post-occupancy evaluation of new low carbon housing in Nottingham'. A collaborative project investigating the performance of 8 houses which form part of the 'Code 4 Housing development in the Meadows, Nottingham designed by Marsh Growchowski Architects and with the developer Blueprint Ltd. The research is funded by the Technology Strategy Board. July 2011 to January 2014. Value to UoN £42,000. Professor Ford is Co-Investigator with Professor Mark Gillott.

Past Research

'Greening the Box: retrofit of hard to treat housing'. Collaborative project with Nottingham Trent University and SEArch Architects. Funded by Sustainable Construction iNET. June 2010 - June 2012. Value to UoN £15,742.

'Promotion and Dissemination of Passive & Hybrid Downdraught Cooling' (PHDC) EC Contract No. TREN07/FP6EN/S07.70683/03841. Principal Investigator + coordinator of global review of PHDC involving 8 partners in Europe, China and India. Start: July 2007. Completed May 2010.

'Passive Housing for Winter and Summer Comfort' (Passive-On') - SAVE EC Contract (Jan 2005 - September 2007) One of 6 partners. Value to University of Nottingham 98,000 Euro. Completed September 2007

'Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling systems using porous ceramic

evaporators. (EVAPCOOL). Coordinator of this EC funded project in the Fifth

Framework, in collaboration with four other European Partners. Start 2000. Completion

2003. Total Value: E 808,000

Market Assessment of the Potential for Passive Downdraught Evaporative

Cooling in Southern Europe. Partly funded by the EC under the ALTENER

Programme. Coordinator with 12 other partners. Start 2000 Completion 2003. Total Value: E 362,000

'TRIPLESAVE' - Integrated system for Daylighting, Natural Ventilation and Solar Heating. Partner in collaboration with Nottingham University (Coordinator) and four other partners around Europe, partly funded by the European Commission JOULE Programme. Start 1997 Completion March 2000. Value: E 635,000.

Improved Specification of Automatic Vent Opening Devices' Conceived and co-ordinated by Brian Ford, this research project involves five other UK partners and is funded under the UK 'Partners in Technology' Scheme by the DETR.. Start 1998 Completion March 2000. Value: E 215,000.

Visiting fellowship to the Negev Desert Large Scale Facility, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Funded by EC LSF programme. February 2000.

'The application of passive downdraught evaporative cooling (PDEC) to non- domestic buildings in southern Europe.' This project, was undertaken with De Montfort University and four other partners around Europe including Mario Cucinella Architects, and was partly funded by the European Commission JOULE Programme. Start 1996. Completed July '99. Value: E 1,166,000.

  • LAU, B., FORD, B and HONGRU, Z, 2014. The environmental performance oif a traditional courtyard house in China.. In: WEBBER, W and YANNAS, S, eds., Lessons from Vernacular Architecture, Routledge, London,. 240 pp.
  • CHEN, Y and FORD, B, 2013. How Do Occupants Perceive the Building Performance of Award-winning Schools in the UK In: PLEA 2013 - 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany 10-12 September 2013.
  • FORD, B and STACEY, M, 2013. The Nottingham House: Responsive Adaptation and Domestic Ecology. In: STACEY, M, ed., Prototyping Architecture Riverside Architectural Press.
  • SUN, M, FORD, B and LAU, B, 2013. The applicability of bio-climatic façades in a hot-humid climate: A study of Geoffrey Bawa’s architecture’ In: PLEA 2013 - 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany 10-12 September 2013.
  • MOHANTY, O, P. and FORD, B, 2013. Effectiveness of natural ventilation in tall residential buildings in a tropical climate. In: PLEA 2013 - 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany 10-12 September 2013.
  • FORD, B., WILSON, R., GILLOTT, M., IBRAHEEM, O., SALMERON, J. and SANCHEZ, F.J., 2012. Passive downdraught evaporative cooling: performance in a prototype house Building Research & Information. 40(3), 290-304
  • HUANG XUAN AND BRIAN FORD, 2012. Climatic Applicability of Downdraught Cooling in China’ Architectural Science Review. 55(4), 273-286
  • OMAR IBRAHEEM AND BRIAN FORD, 2012. The Application of Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling to High-rise Office Buildings in Cairo Architectural Science Review. 55(4), 307-319
  • MAHESH IYER and BRIAN FORD, 2012. Passive Downdraught Cooling for Schools in India:: A Study on Iira International School in Baroda, Gujarat, India Architectural Science Review. 55(4), 287-306
  • ERNEST, R. and FORD, B., 2012. The role of multiple courtyards in the promotion of convective cooling Architectural Science Review. 55(4), 241-249
  • LIU, P.-C., FORD, B. and ETHERIDGE, D., 2012. A modelling study of segmentation of naturally ventilated tall office buildings in a hot and humid climate International Journal of Ventilation. 11(1), 29-42
  • DUAN ZONGCHENG, BENSON LAU AND BRIAN FORD, 2012. Environmentally responsive site planning and building design: A Case Study: Xidi Village in South-East China Architectural Science Review. (In Press.)
  • CHEN Y; BESSER JELVES D AND FORD B., 2011. What is the Relationship between Design Excellence and Building Performance? In: Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. 157 – 162
  • HUANG XUAN AND BRIAN FORD, 2011. The Application of Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling in Hot & Dry Climate of China In: Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. 745-750
  • MOHANTY, PO AND FORD, B, 2011. Performance of Downdraught evaporative cooling system in hot and dry climate In: Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. 495-500
  • SALMERON J M, ALVAREZ S, SANCHEZ J, FORD B and GILLOTT M, 2011. Analysis of a PHDC (Passive & Hybrid Downdraft Cooling) Experimental Facility in Seville, and applicability to the Madrid Climate International Journal of Ventilation. 10(4), 391-404
  • DUAN ZONGCHENG, BRIAN FORD AND BENSON LAU, 2010. Low Energy Buildings – the Environmental Tradition in Chinese Vernacular Dwellings In: Proc. SET Conference Shanghai, China August 2010..
  • FORD, B., SCHIANO-PHAN, R. and FRANCIS, E., eds., 2010. The architecture & engineering of downdraught cooling: a design sourcebook PHDC Press.
  • DAVID ETHERIDGE AND BRIAN FORD, 2008. Natural Ventilation of tall buildings – options and limitations In: 8th CTBUH World Congress, Dubai, 3-5th March, 2008.
  • FORD, B. and FREEBAIRN-SMITH & CRANE, 2006. Environmental design of Ridge Lytton Springs Winery, Healdsburgh, Sonoma, California, USA. Consultant for thermal performance, passive cooling and natural ventilation
  • FORD, B., 2006. The Well-Tempered Environment: - Architecture & Engineering in a world of climate change In: NUTAU 2006 - Innovative & Sustainable Technologies. Invited keynote lecture at the bi-annual NUTAU Conference, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil. 10th-14th October 2006.
  • FORD, B.H., 2005. Ventilation components and system integration. In: CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERS, ed., Natural ventilation in non-domestic buildings London: Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. 20-36
  • BRIAN FORD ASSOCIATES WITH RAPHAEL VINOLY ARCHITECTS, 2003. Natural Ventilation of Pittsburgh Convention Center, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). Consultant for strategy and design development of mixed-mode ventilation with engineers Burt Kosar Rittleman http://www.gbapgh.org/Education%20Resources/DLLCC_SymposiumProceedings%20_Full.pdf
  • FORD,B.H. and DIAZ,C., 2003. Passive Downdraught Cooling; hybrid cooling in the Malta Stock Exchange In: PLEA 2003 The 20th Conference on Passive & Low Energy Architecture.
  • BRIAN FORD WITH ARCHITECTURE PROJECT, 2002. Malta Stock Exchange. Design of ventilation and passive cooling of atrium space http://www.managenergy.net/products/R142.htm )
  • FORD,B.H. and CAIRNS,K., 2002. Market Assessment of passive downdraught evaporative cooling in non-domestic buildings in Southern Europe In: Proc. 3rd European Conference on Energy Performance & Indoor Climate in Buildings (EPIC).
  • FORD, B.H., 2001. Passive downdraught evaporative cooling: principles and practice arq: Architectural Research Quarterly. 5(3), 271-280

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