Christopher Whitman B.Arch (Hons), Dip.Arch

Christopher Whitman

B.Arch (Hons), Dip.Arch


+44 (0)29 2087 5893
2.03, 2 North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
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I am a qualified architect with over 17 years’ experience in both practice and academia.

Since 2007 my research has focused on the comfort and energy use in indigenous, vernacular, traditional and contemporary dwellings, utilizing in situ monitoring, digital simulation and the construction and monitoring of physical test cells.

At the same time my experience in architectural practice has included work on a wide range of award winning projects. As such my experience provides a balance of architectural science, building design and construction, and architectural history and theory.

Currently I am the Deputy Course Leader of the MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation, and Module Leader for “Energy use in historic Building”.

My current postgraduate research focuses on the energy use and retrofitting of historic timber-framed buildings in the UK.

Honours and awards

  • 1996Silver Medal. Edinburgh Architectural Association.
  • 1998University Medal for Architecture. Heriot-Watt University.
  • 1997Student Winner, Faculty of Building, National Student challenge. Hostel for Young Homeless People.
  • 1994&1995Architectural Bursaries. Edinburgh College of Art.
  • 2006Landscape Industry Association of Singapore, Gold Award. Singapore Management University, Edward Cullinan Architects.
  • 2007Hertfordshire Association of Architects, 1st Prize. New Music Centre, Purcell School, Edward Cullinan Architects.
  • 2007Brick Awards. Highly Commended. New Music Centre, Purcell School, Edward Cullinan Architects.
  • 2008Brick Awards: Best Private Housing Development. Barge Arm Development, Gloucester with Edward Cullinan Architects.
  • 2008Gloucester Civic Awards - Commendation for Best Climate Friendly Scheme: Barge Arm Development, Gloucester, with Edward Cullinan Architects.
  • 2008British Homes apartment of the year, Honourable Mention. Barge Arm Development, Gloucester with Edward Cullinan Architects.
  • 2015Martin Weaver Scholarship. Association for Preservation Technology International.
  • 2016Student Presentation Award, Energy Institute, South Western and South Wales Chapter.

Academic positions

  • Deputy Course Leader, MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
  • Module Leader, Energy Use in Historic Buildings









I am currently Deputy Course Leader of the MSc Sustainable Building Conservation and Module Leader of the module “Energy Use in Historic Buildings”.

My experience includes teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in both Chile and UK. Previous courses have included undergraduate and postgraduate design studio, sustainable and bioclimatic design, and renewable energy for industrial designers.

Research interests

  • Energy use in historic buildings
  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Retrofit
  • Bioclimatic Architecture
  • Non-conventional materials
  • Environmental comfort

Research projects

  • Correlating maintenance, energy efficiency and fuel poverty for traditional buildings in the UK

Areas of expertise

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