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Brian Ford

Chair in Bioclimatic Architecture, Faculty of Engineering



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.

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