Welsh School of Architecture staff

Tom Bassett

Research Assistant (Building Physicist)
Tom Bassett
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email bassettta@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 0463
Fax 029 2087 4623



Tom is a building physicist with a Masters degree in the Environmental Design of Buildings (Cardiff University). Initially a sociologist, Tom gained valuable professional experience with architectural firms in both the US and the UK as a technologist and an environmental analyst. His work prior to joining the University included urban infrastructure renovations and hospital retrofits with DPK&A in Philadelphia and masterplan design work combined with extensive daylight and shading analyses of houses, hotels, and offices with Powell Dobson Architects in Swansea.


Tom is a researcher under the Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE) theme within the LCRI. His research focuses primarily on urban scale energy supply and demand with an eye to minimise both. Working closely with colleagues Diana Waldron and Simon Lannon, his current research includes embodied energy values and calculation methods, urban and regional solar access values, water consumption and generated waste volumes, and low carbon methods of urban energy generation and distribution. Recent projects have included work in both Wales and China.

Research Interests

Tom's main research interests lie in the intelligent generation and consumption of energy. Embodied (or displaced) energy and its methods of calculation are areas of extreme interest, especially on large scales. His interests are also piqued by local, low carbon heat generation and distribution networks, as well as symbiotic ecological systems whereby local conurbations share their energy surpluses and deficits altruistically. His dissertation work for his Masters degree looked into ways of eliminating the use of CFD at an urban scale through the combined use of digital 3D models and shading masks.