Welsh School of Architecture staff

Oriel Prizeman

Senior Lecturer
Oriel Prizeman
Research Group Design and Practice Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
Cardiff
CF10 3NB
Email PrizemanO@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 5967
Fax 029 2087 4623

Publications AHTG projects

Responsibilities

I joined WSA as a Senior Lecturer in May 2012. I am an RIBA accredited conservation architect with a PhD in the environmental history of architecture. I have worked as a sole practitioner for over 16 years specialising in the repair and adaptation of listed houses. I have recently been Director of Studies for Architecture at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and have also taught in design studios at the University of East London, the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Art.

Research Interests

The genesis of global environmental standards in architecture c.1850-1950. The relationship between public space (libraries) and the increase of the democratic franchise. The influence of globalisation on fractured legacies of vernacular construction. Challenges between interests of building conservation and energy conservation. The impacts of philanthropic and public procurement routes upon the notion of "improvement".

My book, Philanthropy and Light; Carnegie Libraries and the advent of transatlantic standards for public space, was published by Ashgate in May 2012. www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409427988. Since then I have been a regular contributor to the Architectural Review on Library Architecture more broadly. My research used techniques of environmental modelling to evaluate the artificial and daylight illumination of library buildings against broader social and historical considerations.

Current Work

I am engaged as an expert advisor to the Heritage Lottery Fund Grants For Places of Worship scheme.

I am a member of the steering group for an Arts Council of Wales Capital project for Rubicon Dance, Cardiff.

I am working on a new book commissioned by RIBA Publications; Sustainable Building Conservation: Responsive Design in the Heritage Environment ISBN: 9781859465424 to be published in 2015