Dr Oriel Prizeman MA (Cantab) AADip RIBA CA PhD (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 5967
3.22, Bute Building
Research group:
Architectural History and Theory Group


  • Course Leader: MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
  • Module leader for 6 modules MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
  • MArch dissertation supervision
  • MSc Dissertation supervision
  • MPhil Supervision
  • PhD supervision
  • Chair of the Board of Studies
  • Chair ARCHI Athena SWAN Committee
  • Director of Equality and Diversity
  • Member of School Board, School Executive Committee, Education Committee, Extenuating Circumstances Committee, Architecture History and Theory Group, Design and Practice Research Group

External activities

Oriel is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Preservation Technology International.

Oriel is engaged as an expert advisor to the Heritage Lottery Fund Grants For Places of Worship (Wales) scheme.

She is series editor for the new University of Wales Press series: Architecture of Wales.

She is external examiner for MA in Conservation Studies, MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) and the MA in the Archaeology of Buildings delivered by the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and also for the MA/PgDip Conservation of the Historic Environment at Birmingham City University.

She is a member of CIPA, ICOMOS, SPAB, SAHA and APT.

Other information

Oriel’s new edited book: “Sustainable Building Conservation: Theory and Practice of Responsive Design in the Heritage Environment” through RIBA publications is available now; http://www.ribabookshops.com/item/sustainable-building-conservation-theory-and-practice-of-responsive-design-in-the-heritage-environment/82398/

Research interests

Research interests include:
The potential for principles of building conservation and energy conservation to negotiate shared ground. The use of 3d modelling of existing sites using structure from motion and laser scanning to contribute to more informed and resourceful design decisions regarding the use and repair of existing buildings.

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”.

A monograph based on her PhD thesis, “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 she has been a regular contributor to the Architectural Review on Library Architecture more broadly.

Research projects

Research supervisor

Main expertise

Historic buildings and environments; Conservation; Libraries.

Supervision experience

Currently supervising 7 PhD.

Additional supervision interests

Happy to consider all heritage related investigations also particularly interested in digital modelling of historic environments.

Teaching profile

The MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation was set up in 2013 to help extend questions arising from practice to cater for the professional development of a wide range of candidates. A new research area is growing around the culture of the course with a number of related PhDs and it is hoped that the research itself will in turn feed directly into the teaching. Oriel is happy to supervise PhDs which broaden her own subject area and seek to apply questions concerning conservation and sustainability to a global range of built environment contexts.

Oriel joined WSA as a Senior Lecturer in May 2012 she studied for her undergraduate degree and PhD at Cambridge and did her diploma at the Architectural Association. She is an RIBA accredited conservation architect with a doctorate in the environmental history of architecture. She ran her own practice, Oriel Prizeman Ltd in Cambridge for over 16 years specialising in the repair and adaptation of listed houses www.orielprizeman.co.uk. She has taught design studios at the University of East London, the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Art.