Brian Ford
Architect and Environmental Design
Brian is an architect and environmental design consultant who joined the University of Nottingham in June 2003, after 25 years in architectural practice and consultancy, both as a partner and with his own practice. He has a wide range of experience in both practice and consultancy, and has specialised in the field of environmental design. His experience in the design of naturally ventilated and passively cooled buildings in different parts of the world includes acting as consultant for the Sydney Olympic Stadium, Australia; Pittsburgh Convention Center, USA; Torrent Research Laboratories, India; Duxford 'AirSpace' Museum, UK, as well as theatres, offices and University buildings. Since 1996, Brian has initiated over 3.0 million Euro of funded research projects within both EC and UK Government Research and Development Programmes. Professor Ford's research experience has concentrated on natural ventilation, passive cooling and daylighting. He is currently Co-Investigator (with Rosa Schiano-Phan) for two EC funded projects: 'Passive-On' (exploring the application of the German Passivhaus to other countries in Europe), and 'PHDC' (Passive & Hybrid Downdraught Cooling). He is co-author of the revised CIBSE Applications Manual AM10:'Natural Ventilation of Buildings', 2005.
Mario Cucinella
Born in Italy in 1960, he studied architecture at the University of Genoa graduating in 1987. Mario founded MCA in Paris in 1992 and Mario Cucinella Architects Srl. in Bologna in 1999. The practice's initially had success in international competitions, research and industrial design and has a special interest in climate responsive design and sustainability. Prior to this he worked with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop for five years in Genoa and later in Paris. He is visiting Professor at Nottingham University and lectures regularly on his work in schools of Architecture around Europe. He was honored with the 'Energy Performance + Architecture Award' in 2006 (Paris), with the 2Outstanding Architect"award by the the World Renewable Energy Congress in 2004 and in 1999 (Denver) and he received the prestigious"Forderüngs Prize"for Architecture by the Akademie der Künste of Berlin.
Rosa Schiano-Phan
Rosa is Principal Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the University of Westminster. Until September 2013, she was Senior Lecturer at the Architectural Association teaching the MSc and MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Department of Built Environment, University of Nottingham (2005-10), working on several European funded research projects. Her experience in environmental design consultancy included the role of Senior Sustainability Consultant at WSP Environmental and at Brian Ford & Associates (1998-2003). Rosa completed her postgraduate studies in Environmental Design in the UK, with a MSc in ‘Architecture, Energy and Sustainability’ from London Metropolitan University (1999). She subsequently obtained a PhD degree from the Architectural Association on the application of passive evaporative cooling using porous ceramic in residential buildings (2002-2005). In 1998 Rosa obtained a BSc and Diploma Certificate in Architecture from the University ‘Federico II’ of Naples, Italy. She is the co-author, with Brian and Elizabeth Francis, of The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling, published in 2010 and recipient of a commendation by the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in December 201
Juanan Vallejo
Juanan Vallejo is an architect graduated in Granada, Spain and completed his postgraduate studies in sustainable Environmental Design in the AA School of Architecture, London (2013). He has worked in Naturalcooling Ltd as an environmental consultant on different projects in the UK and abroad. His experience includes feasibility studies, dynamic thermal performance analysis and detailed design evaluation. He is PhD candidate at University of Nottingham and occasional lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Westminster.