Dr Kate Carter is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Technology and Environment joining ESALA in 2011. Teaching in the Masters and Undergraduate Architecture programmes, she is a course leader for Architectural Technology Research and Technology and Environment Principles. She also contributes to Professional Practice courses and the integration of technology in the design studios.
An early interest in climate responsive architecture has heavily influenced her research. She has led EPSRC and Government funded research in low energy design and the understanding of sustainability. Her interests include sustainable architecture, low carbon construction, and building and energy information modelling. She is currently Co-Investigator on ‘Enhance’, an EPSRC funded project working with the City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh to explore ways that large organisations engage people with energy use in their buildings. She led a collaborative EPSRC funded project, ‘Learning Energy Systems’, involving Architecture, Informatics, Digital Design and Social Science in a project exploring innovative HCI (human computer interaction) approaches to managing energy use in school buildings.
Kate qualified as an architect while working in practice after studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She was awarded the Richard Lay Fellowship in 2001 for her PhD in sustainability and social housing at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
In 2012 Kate chaired the Review of Energy Standards for buildings on behalf of the Scottish Government and was a member of the reconvened Sullivan Panel, ‘A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland’ in 2013. She led an EPSRC funded public engagement project, ‘concrete2cookers’ to help children understand how carbon emissions are linked to their school buildings, creating an online game which is available for use in schools across the UK. This project was launched at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in 2009.