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John Chilton

Emeritus Professor Architecture & Tectonics,

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John Chilton is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Emeritus Professor of Architecture + Tectonics in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham. After obtaining his BSc (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Leeds (1970), he worked in bridge, highway and structural design. In 1984 he commenced his PhD on the 'CUBIC' Space Frame, under the supervision of the system's inventor Leszek Kubik. On completion, he worked at Burks Green and Partners on the 'CUBIC' Space Frame-roofed FFV Aerotech aircraft hangar at Stansted Airport, which was Supreme Award winner of the British Construction Industry Awards (1989). Joining the, then, Department of Architecture at the University of Nottingham, in 1989, to teach structures and construction, John has also taught at Lincoln School of Architecture, where he was Head of School (2004-2006) and at Nottingham Trent University before returning to the University of Nottingham in 2012.

Reflecting John's research interest in non-conventional structures, he has been an active member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) www.iass-structures.org since 1990. He is a member of the IASS Executive Council, former Chair of IASS WG12 - Timber Spatial Structures and member of WG 5 - Shell Structures and WG15 - Structural Morphology. He has Chaired and Co-Chaired IASS Colloquia and was a member of the Organising and Scientific Committees for the joint IASS/IABSE/Space Structures conference held in London in September 2011.

John is Vice-Chair of the TensiNet www.tensinet.com, a multi-disciplinary association in the field of tensioned membrane and ETFE foil construction, which follows the initial objectives of the original EU-funded thematic network (2001-2004). He has contributed to the TensiNet publications European Design Guide for Tensile Surface Structures (2004) and Annex 5: Design Recommendations for ETFE Foil Structures (2013). He was also Scientific Committee Chair for the TensiNet - COST TU1303 Symposium 2016.

John is the author of three books, Space Grid Structures (2000); Heinz Isler (2000); and, with co-author Gabriel Tang, Timber Gridshells: Architecture, Structure & Craft (2016).

Teaching Summary

John Chilton has over 30 years' experience in teaching structures and construction. As Emeritus Professor he contributes occasional lectures and studio tutorials (modules K14ET2 Environment and… read more

Selected Publications

John Chilton has over 30 years' experience in teaching structures and construction. As Emeritus Professor he contributes occasional lectures and studio tutorials (modules K14ET2 Environment and Technology 2; K14DTM Design, Technology and Materials; and K14FCT Façade Technology). He also continues to co-supervise a number of PhD students.

  • JOHN CHILTON and GABRIEL TANG, 2016. Timber Gridshells: Architecture, Structure & Craft Routledge.
  • MARTIN B., MASIH D., LAU B., BECCARELLI P. and CHILTON J., 2016. An Evaluation of Thermal and Lighting Performance within an ETFE Structure. In: DASTBAZ M. and GORSE C., eds., Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design: Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Springer International Publishing. 47-58
  • CHU-CHUN CHUANG and JOHN CHILTON, 2016. Design and Modelling of Heinz Isler’s Sicli Shell In: “ Spatial Structures in the 21st Century ”, Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2016. 10
  • IBRAHIM, H., WAGDY, A., BECCARELLI, P., CARPENTER, R. and CHILTON, J., 2016. Applicability of Flexible Photovoltaic Modules onto Membrane Structures Using Grasshopper Integrative Model
  • CHILTON, J., GOSLING, P., MOLLAERT, M. and STIMPFLE, B., 2016. Editorial to the Proceedings of the TensiNet - COST Action TU1303 Symposium 2016
  • LIU, X., GAO, H., SUN, Y., WU, Y., MARTIN, B., CHILTON, J., MIRZAEI, P., ZHANG, X., BECCARELLI, P. and LAU, B., 2016. Thermal and Optical Analysis of a Passive Heat Recovery and Storage System for Greenhouse Skin
  • LAU, B., MASIH, D. A. A., ADEMAKINWA, A. A., LOW, S. W. and CHILTON, J., 2016. Understanding Light in Lightweight Fabric (ETFE Foil) Structures through Field Studies
  • CHILTON, J. and LAU, B., 2015. Lighting and the visual environment in architectural fabric structures. In: Fabric Structures in Architecture 203-219
  • SABRINA AFRIN, JOHN CHILTON and BENSON LAU, 2015. Evaluation and Comparison of Thermal Environment of Atria Enclosed with ETFE Foil Cushion Envelope Energy Procedia. 78, 477-482
  • DAWA AZAD AZIZ MASIH, BENSON LAU and JOHN CHILTON, 2015. Daylighting Performance in an Atrium with ETFE Cushion Roof and in an ETFE Encapsulated Panel Structure Energy Procedia. 78, 483-488
  • S. AFRIN, J. CHILTON and B. LAU, 2015. Measurement and Simulation of Summer Thermal Environment of an Atrium Enclosed with ETFE Foil Cushion Roof. In: E. OÑATE, K-U BLETZINGER and B KRÖPLIN, eds., Structural Membranes 2015: VII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures CIMNE, Barcelona.
  • P. BECCARELLI, R. MAFFEI, R.H. LUCHSINGER and J. CHILTON, 2015. Ducati Superbike Pavilion: Design and Manufacturing of a Tensairity® Roof. In: E. OÑATE, K-U BLETZINGER and B KRÖPLIN, eds., Structural Membranes 2015: VII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures CIMNE, Barcelona. 115-125
  • BENJAMIN A J MARTIN, BENSON LAU, PAOLO BECCARELLI, JOHN CHILTON and YUPENG WU, 2015. Modular Transparent ETFE Panels for Building Envelopes: Thermal Transmittance Assessment and Evaluation In: Future Visions - International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium 2015. 9
  • JOHN CHILTON, 2015. Solid Timber in Carbon Neutral Construction in the UK In: Future Visions - International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium 2015. 8
  • PAOLO BECCARELLI, BENJAMIN MARTIN, BENSON LAU, JOHN CHILTON, STEFANO BONARDI and ROBERTO MAFFEI, 2015. Single-board microcontrollers applied to biaxial tests for architectural membranes In: Future Visions - International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Symposium 2015. 9
  • BENJAMIN A J MARTIN, DAWA MASIH, BENSON LAU, PAOLO BECCARELLI and JOHN CHILTON, 2015. An Evaluation of Thermal and Lighting Performance within an ETFE Structure In: SEEDS 2015.
  • BENJAMIN A J MARTIN, BENSON LAU, DAWA MASIH and JOHN CHILTON, 2015. A Study into the Internal Environment of an ETFE Structure: Evaluation of Thermal Lighting Performance In: PLEA 2015.
  • SABRINA AFRIN, JOHN CHILTON and BENSON LAU, 2015. Thermal environment of an atrium enclosed with an ETFE foil cushion envelope In: 14th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies.
  • SABRINA AFRIN, JOHN CHILTON and BENSON LAU, 2014. Thermal Environment of an atrium enclosed by an ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene (ETFE) foil cushion roof In: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures Footprints, IASS-SLTE 2014, Brasilia. 8
  • CHILTON, J., PEZESHKZADEH, S.A. and AFRIN, S., 2013. Embodied energy in ETFE foil construction In: Tensinet Ssymposium 2013 - [RE]THINKING lightweight structures, 8-10 May 2013, Mimar Sinan Fina-Art University, Istanbul. 457-466
  • TANG G., CHILTON J. and BECCARELLI P., 2013. Progressive Development of Timber Gridshell Design, Analysis and Construction: Paper 1387 In: Proceedings of International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013, 23-27 September, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, J.B. Obrębski and R. Tarczewski (eds.). 6
  • BECCARELLI P. and CHILTON J., 2013. Advantages of lightweight tensioned coated fabrics and foils façades for the building sector In: Structural Membranes 2013 VI International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures 9-11 October 2013, Munich, Germany..
  • MARKUS BALZ, MATTHEW BIRCHALL, RAINER BLUM, HEIDRUN BÖGNER-BALZ, JOHN CHILTON, JAN CREMERS, HELMUT FRISCH, CEDRIC GALLIOT, KLAUS GIPPERICH, ROGIER HOUTMANN (ED.), JOCHEN KÖHNLEIN, KARSTEN MORITZ, BERND STIMPFLE and JAMES WARD, 2013. Design Recommendations for ETFE Foil Structures: Annex 5 TensiNet European Design Guide for Tensile Structures TensiNet Association, Brussels.
  • JOHN CHILTON and SEYED ASAD PEZESHKZADEH, 2013. Effect of Cushion Geometry and Configuration on the Embodied Energy of ETFE foil Construction In: Proceedings of Structural Membranes 2013, VI International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, K.-U.Bletzinger, B. Kröplin and E. Oñate (Eds). 332-339
  • JOHN CHILTON, 2013. Lightweight envelopes: ethylene tetra-fluoro-ethylene foil in architecture Proceedings of the ICE - Construction Materials. 166(CM6), 343 –357
  • JIA CUI, STEVE GOODHEW and JOHN CHILTON, 2012. The Monitoring and Assessment of Indoor Environment and Domestic Electricity Use in a Preliminary Post-occupancy Case Study. In: NACER M’SIRDI, AZIZ NAMAANE, ROBERT J. HOWLETT and LAKHMI C. JAIN, eds., Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB’11) 12. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 331-340
  • CHILTON, J., 2011. Heinz Isler: shells for two churches Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. 52(3), 173-183
  • JIA CUI, STEVE GOODHEW, ALAN FEWKES and JOHN CHILTON, 2011. A discussion on the occupancy-related indoor environment and electricity use in a UK residential building. In: V. SOEBARTO, H. BENNETTS, P. BANNISTER, P.C. THOMAS and D. LEACH, eds., Proceedings of Building Simulation 2011: 12th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Sydney, 14-16 November IBPSA Australasia and AIRAH. 2170-2177
  • CHILTON, J, 2000. Heinz Isler London : Thomas Telford.
  • CHILTON, J, 2000. Space grid structures Oxford : Architectural Press.
  • CHILTON, J. C., COWLEY G., WESTMUCKETT J. and GILROY-SCOTT B., Reciprocal frame timber roof at Hill Holt Wood - a case study. In: CHILTON, J.C. and MUNGAN I., eds., Timber Structures: From Antiquity to the Present: International Symposium, Istanbul, 25-27 June 2009 T.C. Halíç Üníversítesí Ístanbul. 383-394

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