Expanded expertise for Sustainable Architecture team

ĴThe Sheffield School of Architecture has announced that in the new year we will be welcoming Sofie Pelsmakers as a new part of the academic team. Sofie will join us in October 2015 and she will also lead the MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies.

Sofie Pelsmakers is a chartered architect and environmental designer with more than a decade of hands-on experience designing, building and teaching sustainable architecture, including at the University of East London where she lead a masters programme in sustainable design. Sofie is currently finishing her doctoral research at the Bartlett, UCL’s faculty of the Built Environment, where she also leads a low energy housing retrofit module.

Sofie is co-founder of Architecture for Change, a not-for-profit environmental building organisation and author of The Environmental Design Pocketbook (Riba Publishing), which was commended by the RIBA for ‘Outstanding Practice-located Research’(2012) and was ‘Highly Commended’ for the UKGBC/PRP ‘Rising Star award’ 2013.

You can follow Sofie on twitter @SofiePelsmakers and she blogs at www.sofiepelsmakers.com

Sofie says: “I am delighted to be joining an outstanding and influential team of architects, lecturers and researchers at SSoA and I look forward to working with students and colleagues at a school which has a tradition of creative exploration underpinned by a strong social and environmental ethos.”

“I anticipate to develop my current doctoral research on heat-loss and retrofit of ground floors in Victorian houses. Together with contributing to the school’s research and teaching aims, I look forward to supporting students’ explorations of environmental context as a generator of architectural design.“

Professor Fionn Stevenson explains “I have known about Sofie’s ground-breaking work in relation to environmental design for a number of years and am delighted that she has decided to bring her exceptional talent to our School. Sofie’s values are well aligned with the ethos of the School in relation to social engagement and sustainability. Her research will add an invaluable dimension to our work in the ‘Home‘ research group on how to maximise the design and quality performance of housing. I have no doubt her inspirational teaching approach will greatly enhance our MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies programme which she will be leading.”