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Peter Rutherford

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Peter Rutherford studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde, completing his studies with a PhD that crossed the domains of architectural acoustics and psychoacoustics. Having completed his studies he became an applications engineer for Sound Alert in Leeds, developing auditory warning and evacuation devices for emergency situations. A 3 year EPSRC funded postdoctoral research position working with the auditory neurophysiology group at Leeds led to the further development of the emergency evacuation beacons for buildings and other environments. In 2002 he moved to the University of Nottingham's Department of Architecture and Built Environment lecturing in areas including building / architectural science, design studio and environmental psychology. His research at Nottingham has looked at virtual acoustics, the relationship between performers and performance spaces, acoustics within mental health facilities and the impact of acoustics on native and non-native listeners within HE lecture facilities. He is currently head of the Environment, People and Design (ePad) research group.

Peter Rutherford is the head of the Environment, People and Design (ePaD) Research Group.

Expertise Summary

His expertise lies mainly in the domains of architectural acoustics and psychoacoustics. He has worked extensively on areas including auditory localization, room acoustics simulation and auralization, speech transmission and intelligibility and noise and soundscapes-related research.

He is also conversant with most aspects of building performance including envelope heat transfer, ventilation, building simulation and human comfort (thermal, auditory and visual).

Teaching Summary

Peter Rutherford is primarily responsible for the delivery of Environmental Science in Year 2 of the BArch programme. This module provides students with an indepth knowledge of building thermal… read more

Research Summary

Peter Rutherford's current research interests include:

Soundscapes within institutional environments (e.g. prisons, mental healthcare facilities etc),

Speech intelligibility and speech transmission for native and non-native listeners and talkers,

Room acoustics prediciton and auralization,

Home energy use and energy policy initiatives,

Responsive glazing systems and energy conservation.

Selected Publications

Peter Rutherford is primarily responsible for the delivery of Environmental Science in Year 2 of the BArch programme. This module provides students with an indepth knowledge of building thermal performance including envelope heat transfer, ventilation heat transfer, internal and external (solar) gains and so on.

He also teaches across numerous modules in the department to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These include contributions to Year 1 People, Building and Landscapes, Year 5 Environment and Technology , Year 5 Professional Studies, and undergraduate and postgrduate Design Studio. He also supervises several Masters Dissertations.

Past Research

Peter Rutherford's previous research projects include:

3-D auditory displays and real-time acoustic rendering and auralisation of buildings

Cross-modal interaction, real-time auralization and their application in enhancing musician performance within virtual auditory environments

Wayfinding and disability issues within real and virtual environments

Photogrammetry and 3-D audio reconstruction of virtual spaces

  • KAITLIN ALLEN, KAREN CONNELLY, PETER RUTHERFORD AND YUPENG WU, 2017. Smart Windows—Dynamic Control of Building Energy Performance Energy and Buildings. (In Press.)
  • ALLEN, K., CONNELLY, K., RUTHERFORD, P. and WU, Y., 2017. Smart windows—Dynamic control of building energy performance: Energy and Buildings Energy and Buildings. 139, 535-546
  • YANYI SUN, RUNQI LIANG, YUPENG WU, ROBIN WILSON, PETER RUTHERFORD, 2017. Development of a comprehensive method to analyse glazing systems with Parallel Slat Transparent Insulation material (PS-TIM) Applied Energy. 205, 951–963
  • ALTOMONTE, S., LOGAN, B., FEISST, M., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2016. Interactive and situated learning in education for sustainability International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 17(3), 417-443
  • YAN, F., WILSON, R., RUTHERFORD, P. and CRAIK, R. J. M., 2016. The use of damping to reduce the contribution of flanking paths to sound transmission in buildings: Noise Control Engineering Journal Noise Control Engineering Journal. 64(1), 64-74
  • ALTOMONTE, S., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2014. Mapping the Way Forward: Education for Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Design: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. 21(3), 143-154
  • ALTOMONTE, S., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2014. Human factors in the design of sustainable built environments: Intelligent Buildings International Intelligent Buildings International.
  • PATERSON-STEPHENS, I., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2014. Speech intelligibility in higher education teaching facilities: Acoustics Bulletin Acoustics Bulletin. 39(2), 42-48
  • ALTOMONTE, S., REIMER, H., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2013. Towards Education for Sustainability in University Curricula and in the Practice of Design In: PLEA 2013 - Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future.
  • ELSHARKAWY, H. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2013. Energy Consumption Behaviour and Home Performance: Community Energy Saving Programme in Aspley, Nottingham In: Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Technische Universitat Munchen, Munich, Germany, 10-12 September.
  • PATERSON-STEPHENS, I., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2013. Speech Intelligibility in Higher Education Teaching Facilities: Catering for the [L1] and [L2] Population In: Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics Annual Spring Conference. 35.
  • RUTHERFORD, P., 2013. The Soundscapes of Bethlem Art in the Asylum: Creativity and the Evolution of Psychiatry, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 09/07/2013 00:00:00
  • RUTHERFORD, P, WILSON, R, YAN, F and CRAIK, R.J.M, 2013. The use of damping to reduce the contribution of flanking paths to sound transmission in buildings In: 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering. 2. 1179-1188
  • VILALOBOS, R, RUTHERFORD, P and ALTOMONTE, S, 2012. Place Attachment and Place Identity as Sources of Resilience to Natural Disasters In: Designing Place: International Urban Design Conference. (In Press.)
  • RUTHERFORD, P., WILSON, R., ALTOMONTE, S. and DOWNING, C., 2012. Place, perceptual congruence and musical performance In: Designing Place: International Urban Design Conference. 1-20
  • ALTOMONTE, S., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2012. Mapping the way forward: Education for sustainability in architecture and the built environment. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. (In Press.)
  • ELSHARKAWY, H., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2012. Targeting peoples' behaviour for effective policy delivery: Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) in Aspley, Nottingham In: International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) 22nd Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 24-29 June 2012.. 175
  • SARHAN, A. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2011. Environmental design etutor: utilizing games technology for environmental design education In: Proceedings of the 29th eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) Conference. n/a
  • ELSHARKAWY, H., RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2011. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: The code for sustainable homes as a viable driver towards a zero carbon future in the UK In: PLEA 2011 - 27th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 13-15 July 2011. 313-318
  • GIBSON, A., ALTOMONTE, S. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2011. Designing for sustainability: Pedagogical challenges and opportunities In: PLEA 2011 - 27th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 13-15 July 2011. 83-88
  • ELSHARKAWY, H, RUTHERFORD, P and WILSON, R, 2010. Will the Code for Sustainable Homes Deliver UK Zero Carbon Homes Target? In: Behaviour, Energy and Climate Change (BECC).
  • SARHAN, A. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2009. EDVis-game: Utilizing Game Engine’s Reporting Agents for Environmental Design Education and Visualisation In: 5th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ASCAAD 2009, Manama, Bahrain.
  • SARHAN, A. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2009. Embodied Game Agents in Environmental Design Education In: 27th eCAADe Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 16th - 19th September 2009.
  • HEATH, T.P. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2008. Sustainability in an Education and Training Environment Green - Directory of Sustainability. (In Press.)
  • MARTINEZ, R. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2008. Changing the Notion of Space for the Notion of Medium in Architectural Teaching In: Oxford Conference 2008: 50 Years On - Resetting the Agenda for Architectural Education. Oxford, UK..
  • BROWN, B. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2008. Soundscapes in Mental Health In: Managed Innovation Conference, Nottingham.
  • MARTINEZ, R, RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2008. The Notion of Medium in Architectural Teaching: How Could we Teach Architecture if Air was Water? In: 25th PLEA (Passive Low Energy in Architecture) Conference, Dublin..
  • WILSON, R. and RUTHERFORD P., 2008. Designing Energy Efficiency into Commercial Buildings: Now and in the Future.......Beyond Technology In: 100% Detail, Earls Court, London..
  • DOWNING, C, RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON R., 2008. Virtual Acoustic Reconstruction and the Role of Auditory and Visual Cues for Enabling Musical Performance In: Virtual Audio and Past Environments - Acoustics and Audio in Heritage Applications, National Centre for Early Music, York. UK..
  • RUTHERFORD, P., WILSON, R. and ESSERT, R., 2007. Educating Acoustic Awareness: Integration within a Sustainable Architectural Syllabus In: Institute of Acoustics - Spring Conference 2007. (In Press.)
  • RUTHERFORD, P. and WILSON, R., 2006. Educating environmental awareness: creativity in integrated environmental design teaching. In: SHANNON, S., SOEBARTO, V. and WILLIAMSON, T., eds., Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA Adelaide: School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, University of Adelaide. 261-269
  • RUTHERFORD, P., WILSON, R. and HICKMAN, V., 2006. Speech intelligibility in higher education institute lecture theatres. In: INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS, ed., Intelligible measurements: how accurate are speech intelligibility measures in practice? 26 September 2006, London St Albans: Institute of Acoustics. 65-72
  • RUTHERFORD, P., WILSON, R. and BRIDGES, A.H., 2006. Ancient echoes: rediscovering performance through virtual acoustic reconstruction. In: INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS, ed., Reproduced sound 22: raising the standards St. Albans: Institute of Acoustics. 179-185
  • WILSON, R., RUTHERFORD, P., BRIDGES, A.H. and BRANKI, C., 2006. An intelligent multi-agent system for building performance evaluation: a position paper In: International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Australasia 2006. 110-117
  • MUNDO-HERNANDEZ, J, FORD, B, RUTHERFORD, P and AND CHILTON, J.C., 2006. Daylighting prediction in sports buildings with membrane structures: Physical and computer modeling In: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS). (In Press.)
  • CHILTON, J.C., BLUM, R., DEVULDER, T. and RUTHERFORD, P., 2004. Internal environment. In: FORSTER, B. and MOLLAERT, M., eds., European design guide for tensile surface structures Brussels : Tensinet. 97-146
  • MUNDO-HERNANDEZ, J., FORD, B., RUTHERFORD, P. and CHILTON, J.C., 2004. Architectural Applications of Fabric Membranes Used as Daylighting Passive Systems In: 4rd International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies.
  • MUNDO-HERNANDEZ, J., RUTHERFORD, P. and CHILTON, J.C., 2004. Lighting Performance of Fabric Membrane Structures: Behaviour and Effects on Visual Perception In: Shell and Spatial Structures: from Model to Realization.
  • RUTHERFORD, P., 2002. The Effect of Signal Type and Room Type on Auditory Localization within Synthetic Rooms In: British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meetings on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness. 16-17
  • RUTHERFORD, P. and WITHINGTON, D.J., 2001. The Application of Virtual Acoustic Techniques for the Development of an Auditory Navigation Beacon Used in Building Emergency Egress In: (ICAD) 2001....the 7th International Conference on Auditory Displays. 144 - 149
  • RUTHERFORD, P., 2001. The Development of an Auditory Navigation Beacon for Building Emergency Egress In: INCLUDE 2001...an International Conference on Inclusive Design and Communications.
  • RUTHERFORD, P., FERNANDO, T.P. and WITHINGTON, D.J., 1999. Real Time Virtual Auditory Displays with Real-World Applications In: 1999 United Kingdom Virtual Reality Specialist Interest Group.
  • RUTHERFORD, P., 1998. Sound Beacons for Aiding Emergency Egress In: First International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire.
  • RUTHERFORD, P. and WITHINGTON, D., 1998. Sound versus sight for emergency egress: Recent research findings on the role of sound in safe evacuation Access by Design. ISSUE 75, 11-12
  • RUTHERFORD, P. and WITHINGTON, D., 1998. Sound location for aiding emergency egress Fire Safety Engineering. VOL 5(NUMBER 5), 14-21
  • CHARITOS, D., BRIDGES, A.H. and RUTHERFORD, P., 1997. Wayfinding, Spatial Elements and Spatial Support Systems in Virtual Environments. In: CAAD, Towards New Design Conventions Uniwersytet w Bialymstoku, Bialymstoku, Poland. 75 - 104
  • RUTHERFORD, P., 1997. Auditory Navigation and the Escape from Smoke Filled Buildings In: CAAD Futures.
  • CHARITOS, D. and RUTHERFORD, P., 1997. Ways of Aiding Navigation within VRML Worlds In: Design and the Net...the Proceedings of the 6th International EuropIA Conference. 119 - 132
  • RUTHERFORD, P., 1997. Virtual Acoustic Technology: Its Role in the Development of an Auditory Navigation Beacon for Building Evacuation In: 1997 United Kingdom Virtual Reality Special Interest Group. 1 - 10
  • CHARITOS, D. and RUTHERFORD, P., 1996. Guidelines for the Design of Virtual Environments In: 1996 United Kingdom Virtual Reality Special Interest Group. 93 - 111

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