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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


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  • 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.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - AHRC

Research Output 1983 2019

A survey on electrical appliance use and energy consumption in Vietnamese households: Case study of Tuy Hoa city

Le, V. & Pitts, A., 15 Aug 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 197, p. 229-241 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Energy utilization
Energy policy
Liquefied petroleum gas

Improving the Sustainability of Traditional Dwellings in Yunnan, China: Seismic Resistance Testing of Wood-frame and Earth-Built Wall Dwellings

Bai, Y., Gao, J., Pitts, A., Gao, Y., Bai, W. & Tao, Z., 14 Feb 2019, In : Sustainability. 11, 4, 19 p., 977.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
residential building
Sustainable development
Earth (planet)

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
regional identity

Sustainable Building Practice and Guidance for Dai Villages, Southwest China

Gao, Y. & Pitts, A., Dec 2018, Proceedings PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Conference 2018: Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit. Hong Kong, p. 1103-1104 2 p.

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

Open Access
rural development
ethnic minority
research method

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

Dang, H. T. & Pitts, A., 2018, Proceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort. Brotas, L., Roaf, S., Nicol, F. & Humphreys, M. (eds.). NCEUB , p. 518-532 15 p.

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

Open Access
Data recording
Atmospheric humidity
Hot Temperature

Activities 2004 2019

Comfort, ventilation and health issues in dwellings of Ho Chi Minh City

Adrian Pitts (Speaker), Thanh Dang (Speaker), Emma Ransom-Jones (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Extreme Design: Lessons from Antarctica

Susan Roaf (Speaker), Joao Pinelo Silva (Speaker), Manuel Correia Guedes (Speaker), Adrian Pitts (Speaker), Martin Oughton (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Shop-House in Vietnam

Adrian Pitts (Speaker), Thanh Dang (Speaker)
8 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

5th Symposium of Sustainable and Creative Villages Research Network - SW China

Adrian Pitts (Organiser), Yun Gao (Organiser), Lili Dong (Organiser), Quan Wen (Organiser)
22 Mar 201924 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Field test of the performance of a double skinned ORV8 Tent Envelope

Susan Roaf (Speaker), Adrian Pitts (Speaker), Tony Codd (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation