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

Dr Oriel Prizeman

MA (Cantab) AADip RIBA SCA PhD (Cantab)


+44 (0)29 2087 5967
Room 1.39, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



I am the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and course director for the MSc Sustainable Building Conservation. I am the Principal Investigator for the AHRC funded project: Shelf Life: Re-imagining the Future of Carnegie Public Libraries and Co-Investigator for Professor Adam Hardy’s AHRC funded project: Tamil Temple Towns; Conservation and Contestation.

External activities

Through the MSc I have set up long term collaborations with the Conservation Masters programmes at Roma Tre University and the National Technical University of Athens. I am a member of SPAB, ICOMOS, SAHA and the North America based Association for Preservation Technology.

Other information

My monograph: Philanthropy and Light: "Carnegie Libraries and the Advent of Transatlantic Standards for Public Space" is now available as an e-book: My edited book: “Sustainable Building Conservation: Theory and Practice of Responsive Design in the Heritage Environment” is available through RIBA publications. 


I am an RIBA accredited Specialist Conservation Architect with a doctorate in the environmental history of architecture. I lead the MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation, which I started at WSA in 2013 having joined in 2012 and am Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.

I took my first degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge and my Diploma and RIBA part 3 at the Architectural Association. I ran my own practice, in Cambridge for over 16 years specialising in the repair and adaptation of listed houses. I have taught design studios at the University of East London, the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Art intermittently since 1996.















Teaching profile

My research focuses on environmental histories and the development of digital tools for conservation which is informed by my own experience as a Specialist Conservation Architect in practice. I am currently Principal Investigator for a 40 month AHRC funded project: Shelf-Life: Re-imagining the future of Carnegie Public Libraries. I am also Co-Investigator on Professor Adam Hardy’s AHRC funded project: Tamil Temple Towns Conservation and Contestation

I have published two books: Prizeman, O. E. C. ed. 2015. Sustainable building conservation: theory and practice of responsive design in the heritage environment RIBA Publishing and Philanthropy and light: Carnegie Libraries and the advent of transatlantic standards for public space Ashgate.

Research projects


  • Historic Buildings and their Environments
  • Building Conservation
  • Library Buildings and Public Spaces
  • Digital Tools for Conservation
  • Digital Modelling of Historic Environments

Current supervision

Ahmed Taher

Ahmed Taher

Research student

Hilary Wyatt

Hilary Wyatt

Research student

Baraah Muqaddam

Research student

Lui Tam

Lui Tam

Research student

Past projects

Successful completed theses as first supervisor:

2015 Dr Samuel Woodford: Preconception to participation: young people's experience of public library architecture

2018 Dr Christopher Whitman: The Distribution of Historic Timber-Framed Buildings in the UK and Their Low Energy Retrofit

2018 Dr Lama Bilal Abahussan: Screen Architecture: A Phenomenology of Dread Atmospheres in Thriller Films