Knowledge transfer with Oxford Brookes University leads to National Award shortlisting for Architectural Practice

2nd February 2011

A knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) between Oxford Brookes University and the Architectural practice, Architype Ltd has resulted in their being shortlisted for the 'Cut the Carbon' Award category for the 2011 Building Awards, to be announced on March 3rd 2011.

The shortlisting recognises the innovative approach that Oxford Brookes University is bringing to a leading architecture practice which will offer a template for other practices to emulate. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme enabling the forming of a partnership between a business client and an academic institution such as university, further education college or research and technology organisation.

Lisa Pasquale, KTP graduate

The primary intention is to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This particular partnership between the practice and the university, which is related to Building Performance Evaluation, commenced in October 2009.

Architype have employed Lisa Pasquale, a research associate of the Low Carbon Building Group (LCB) in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University. Lisa is undertaking a two year research programme of post occupancy monitoring of ten of Architype's buildings.

This will include monitoring of energy and water consumption, temperature, humidity and CO2 performance, and user perception feedback. The knowledge gained is then embedded in the practice to improve the design and performance of future buildings.

The lead academic for the project is is Dr Fionn Stevenson, Reader in Sustainable Design in the School of Architecture, with Mary Hancock, Senior Lecturer, as the Supervisor and Lisa Pasquale the KTP graduate who is based in Architype's office.

Despite extremely tough trading conditions a record number of award entries were received this year, making the judging process extremely difficult especially in selecting a shortlist of finalists. The complete shortlist is available online at the Building Awards website and appears in Building Magazine, Friday 4th February.

Click here for more information about KTP's with Oxford Brookes University