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Biography

Professor Adrian Pitts joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 where he is Professor of Sustainable Architecture. He leads the Sustainable Environments and Practice research group within CUDAS (the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability) in the Department of Architecture and 3D Design. He has taught environmental and energy efficient design, supervised numerous research projects and research students, and published widely over a period exceeding 25 years in three different Universities. Cross-disciplinary initiatives have characterised his academic career and he has been involved with many teaching and research activities spanning the fields of: architecture, engineering, planning, environment and landscape, policy and urban development.

His undergraduate studies were energy engineering focused and led to the award of a BSc Tech from the University of Sheffield. He followed this with a PhD in the area of building environmental design involving an industrial collaborator and sponsor. This doctoral level research concerned air movement and energy flows in a complex industrial building with a view to optimisation of air conditioning systems and efficient environmental design. The knowledge and skills gained in the manipulation of environmental monitoring software and hardware led to subsequent employment within the energy group of a computer systems company.

He returned to the University of Sheffield to take up a lectureship in Building Science and later moved to the School of Architecture where his lecturing and teaching duties focused on energy efficiency, environmental design, and building services. He was Course Director for a group of masters’ level degrees substantially increasing student numbers from the UK and around the world. His research and teaching interests grew over this period from being initially focused on buildings and building components to encompass the much larger scale of urban issues and planning. During this period he led and coordinated a number of multi-institutional projects funded by the European Union (EU) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

In 2007 he transferred to Sheffield Hallam University where he was awarded the title of Professor of Sustainable Architecture and played a leading management role alongside staff of other disciplines including geography and housing. He held a number of posts including Departmental Research and Scholarship Leader and was Course Leader for the MSc Technical Architecture. He was involved in a number of research projects including into energy consumption in dwellings and barriers to energy efficiency and take up of renewable energy technologies by social housing tenants. He also played a significant role in the cross-university sustainability group with involvement from all faculties and subject areas.

Adrian was appointed to the Head of Department of Architecture and 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield in 2012; his role changed in 2015 with an expansion of research duties in the environmental design and sustainability field and involvement in other areas including co-chairing the University’s Education for Sustainable Development Forum for 3 years. 

One of the main thrusts of his current research concerns sustainability in China and specifically in rural and village areas. This research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Project title: Sustainable and Creative Villages Network; total value £60k, AHRC contribution £48k) and the Vernacular Architecture Group (Project title: Dwellings of Dai Ethnic Minority Villages, China; total value £8.5k). He is also involved with projects concerned with thermal comfort in warm climates and low energy design.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sustainability of rural development in China 
  • Comfort and energy use in buildings
  • Energy efficient design and use of renewable energy in buildings/built environment
  • Integrated planning and design strategies to promote and encourage sustainability

 

Research Degree Supervision

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Keywords

  • Design of Buildings
  • How People Use Buildings
  • Sustainability
  • Environment Sustainability
  • Design Quality

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Projects 2018 2020

Sustainable and Creative Village Research Network - South West China

Pitts, A. & Gao, Y.

1/01/181/01/20

Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2014 2018

  • 11 Conference contribution
  • 3 Article

Self-built housing in Hanoi: The study of socio-cultural values and its influence on housing design

Ngo, K., Gao, Y. & Pitts, A. 26 Mar 2018 AMPS Proceedings Series 10: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?. Tracada, E. & Cairns, G. (eds.). AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society), p. 366-377 12 p. 35. (AMPS Proceedings)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Vietnam
housing
Values
regional identity
community

Thermal Environments and Comfort Perception in Shophouse Dwellings of Ho Chi Minh City

Dang, T. & Pitts, A. 5 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort. 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Air
Data recording
Temperature
Atmospheric humidity
Hot Temperature

Analysis of Sustainable Collective Housing in Jijel, Algeria: Evaluation of Resident Satisfaction

Mehibel, M. & Pitts, A. 3 Jul 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference Proceedings: Design to Thrive. Brotas, L., Roaf, S. & Nicol, F. (eds.). Vol. III, p. 4180-4187 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Thermal comfort
Developing countries
Ecodesign

Building Environment Assessment Methods and Social Studies of Rural Villages in Yunnan and Urban Development in Chongqing City, Southwest China

Gao, Y., Pitts, A., Dong, L. & Chen, G. 1 Sep 2017 Proceedings of the 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive. Brotas, L., Roaf, S. & Nicol, F. (eds.). NCEUB - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, Vol. 3, p. 5022-5029 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
assessment method
urban development
village
sustainable development
architectural design

Influences of Building and Urban Typologies on the Study of Thermal Comfort in 'Shophouse' Dwellings in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dang, T. & Pitts, A. 3 Jul 2017 PLEA 2017 Conference Proceedings: Design to Thrive. Brotas, L., Roaf, S. & Nicol, F. (eds.). Vol. I, p. 1037-1044 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Thermal comfort
Climate change
Ventilation
Energy efficiency
Hot Temperature

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

From Tobacco to Tourism -New Traditions in Shilin County

Pitts, A. (Speaker)
30 Jun 2016

Activity: Oral presentation