Philip Oldfield

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Associate Professor and Director of Architecture Program | Sydney, Australia


Philip Oldfield is an Associate Professor and Director of the Architecture Program at UNSW Sydney.

Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. During this time he was the co-creator and Director of the Masters in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught at institutions in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.

Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall building design, sustainability, liveability and embodied carbon. 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. He has written peer reviewed papers in the Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Journal of Architecture, Architectural…

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

Tall Building Academic & Teaching Committee, Member (2018 – Present)

Working Group: Passivhaus, Chair (2017 – Present)

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

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

Annual Conference, Session Chair (Shanghai 2014)


20 February 2015


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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...


25 April 2019


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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...


30 October 2017


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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...