Philip Oldfield

City Committee Member, Sydney

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Head of School, Built Environment | Sydney, Australia


Philip Oldfield is Head of School of the Built Environment at UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture.

Prior to joining UNSW, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham where he co-led the Masters in Sustainable Tall Buildings, the world's only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture at the time.

Philip's research interests are focused primarily on tall building sustainability, embodied and lifecycle carbon performance and liveability. He is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Chief Investigator on research projects with total funding in the order of $1million AUD.

Philip is a 2015 British Science Association Media Fellow, and has spent time working at The Guardian, writing for the Science and Environment teams. He has also written for Architecture Australia, The Architects'…

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CTBUH Designated Expert


City Committee, Sydney, Board Member (2018 – Present)

Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, Member (2016 – Present)

Expert Peer Review Committee, Member (2014 – Present)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Dubai 2008; Mumbai 2010; Shanghai 2012)

Working Group: Research Academic and Postgraduate, Co-Chair (2010 – 2014)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2014)


20 February 2015

Rethinking the Tall Building: Opportunities in the 21st Century Metropolis

Philip Oldfield, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Nottingham University, presents at a joint CTBUH/IIT Cloud Talk in Crown Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology...


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25 April 2019

Offset Cores: Trends, Drivers and Frequency in Tall Buildings

Dr. Philip Oldfield, UNSW Sydney; Bronte Doherty, BVN Architecture

This research explores the trends, drivers and frequency of offset cores in the world’s tallest buildings. It charts the history of tall building layouts, exploring...


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30 October 2017

The Role of Design Competitions In Shaping Sydney’s Public Realm

Helen Lochhead & Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales

Since 2000, through the City of Sydney’s Competitive Design Policy (CDP), the quality of major projects in the city has been improved significantly, mediating the...


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