Job title: Professor Emeritus, Architecture and Landscape Architecture


Brian Edwards is an architect by training and served on the RIBA Energy and Environment Committee for many years. With an MSc from Heriot Watt University and a PhD from Glasgow University he has focused as an academic and practitioner on sustainability in building design. The author or co-author of 20 books, he has published monographs and building type studies for Routledge, Architectural Press, RIBA Publications, Wiley-Academy and Phaidon.

His various teaching and research positions include Senior Lecturer at Strathclyde University (1987-1993), Professor of Architecture at Huddersfield University (1993-2000), Heriot Watt Professor of Architecture (2000-2005), Professor of Architecture at ECA (2005-2008) and Associate Professor of Sustainability at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2008-2011). In 2008 he was made Emeritus Professor of Architecture at ECA.

His principal publications include the co-authored book ‘Green Buildings Pay’ (2000 and 2013) which evaluates the performance of a number of green buildings in Europe and North America; ‘Rough Guide to Sustainability’ (2001, 2006, 2009 and 2014) which gives an overview of sustainable design aimed at practitioners and students; ‘Sustainable Architecture’ (1997 and 2000) and ‘Sustainable Housing’ (2001) which won the CIOB Gold Medal. In addition, he has undertaken typological studies of key building types including libraries, airports and courtyard housing which have resulted in a number of key publications and book chapters. His book ‘Understanding Architecture through Drawing’ (2000 and 2008) examines the changing nature of freehand drawing, its inter-action with CAD and its pedagogic power. This and a selection of other books have been translated into Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.

In addition, Professor Edwards has authored many professional and research journal articles from the Architects’ Journal (AJ) and Architecture Research Quarterly (ARQ) to the International Journal Sustainable Development.

He has practiced as an architect with RMJM in Edinburgh, George Trew Dunn and Hubbard Ford in London and Wade Stockdill in Vancouver. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Sustainia100, a research assessor for DECC and InnovateUK.