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Professor Alan Short MA Ph.D.(Cantab) Dipl'Arch RIBA FRSA

Professor Alan Short, MA Ph.D.(Cantab) Dipl'Arch RIBA FRSA

The Professor of Architecture (1977)

Clare Hall (Professorial Fellow)

Office Phone: 01223 332958/764155


Winner of the first RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research 2007, RIBA President’s Commendation for Outstanding University-located Research 2009; The George Collins Fellow 2014 of the US Society of Architectural Historians; Geddes Visiting Fellow 2014 at Edinburgh University. Prof. Short's EPSRC, DH and NIHR funded research group's broadcast quality film 'Robust Hospitals in a Changing Climate' has won the 2013 tv/e Global Sustainability Film Award at BAFTA. You can see it at:

Short’s research group develops passive and hybrid low-energy design strategies for non-domestic buildings in different climates, new-build and rebuild, projecting their future performance against current climate change predictions. As such, the focus is on cooling.

Recent projects include the Reporting to Ministers of the awards, progress and outcomes of the £50 million Department of Health NHS Energy Efficiency Fund 2013-14; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council major project in the Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Call (£1.15 million) Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate 2009-2012; National Institute of Health Research funded (£285K) Design Strategy for the Low-energy Ventilation and Cooling of Health Buildings (2005-08), NHS funded (£180K) Low Energy Public Sector Comparator 2008-present (NIHR funded from late 2009); Arts and Humanities Research Council major project (£350K) DeDEPA 2004-08. Short et al authored the Arts Council of England/UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment guidance for Capital Arts Projects ‘Building Excellence for the Arts’ 2009.

Short and his research collaborators also design and build innovative low energy buildings through Short and Associates Architects. The practice invents innovative, low energy building design strategies for education, research, industry and commerce across the world’s populated climate regions. It is heavily engaged in cutting edge research with the BP Institute, Cambridge University; The Martin Centre, Dept. of Architecture University of Cambridge; Loughborough University Dept of Civil Engineering; The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, Leicester; University of Cardiff and many other specialists in fire and smoke simulation and acoustic design.

• Significant low energy naturally ventilated passively/hybrid cooled built projects include Farson’s Brewery Process Building Malta, Queens Building Leicester, Contact Theatre Manchester, Coventry University Lanchester Library, Garrick Theatre Lichfield, Poole Arts Centre, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Judson College Academic Center Chicago,  see

• The practice has won the first 'High Architecture, Low Energy Award' (Architecture Today) 1995; 'Green Building of the Year' (The Independent Newspaper/RIBA/CIBSE/HVAC) 1995; H.J. Dyos Award 1996, 'Building of the Year Award' (Building Magazine) 2000, Society of College, National and University Librarians (SCONUL)  'Best Academic Library Award' 1998-2003 and also in 2008; CIBSE 'Project of the Year' 2003 & 2004; RIBA Awards 1996, 2000. 2003, 2007, Brick Development Association Public Building of the Year 2007, BDA Best Landscape 2009, USA Pre-Cast Industries Association Commendation 2009.

Professor Short's CV

Research Interests

Short’s research group investigates and develops passive and hybrid resilient, low-energy design strategies for new-build and perhaps more importantly for interventions in non-domestic buildings in different climates, projecting their future performance against current climate change predictions. More recently the work has concentrated on hospital buildings, the group has assessed the resilience of the entire NHS Estate, its adaptation potential and the likely cost, reported to Ministers. Short is appointed to administer and report on the UK Dept of Health's NHS Energy Efficiency Fund 2013-14.

Key Publications

- C. Alan Short, Catherine J. Noakes, Carl A. Gilkeson (2014): Functional recovery of a resilient hospital type, Building Research & Information, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2014.926605

- R. Giridharana, K.J. Lomas, C.A. Short, A.J. Fair (2013) Performance of hospital spaces in summer: A case study of a ‘Nucleus’-type hospital in the UK Midlands, Energy and Buildings 66 (2013) 315–328

- C.Alan Short, YAO Runming, LUO Guozhi, Li Baizhan (2013) ‘Hybrid Environmental Design as an Alternative to Full Air-Conditioning in the Continental Climate:A Case Study in Beijing’, Ecocity & Green Building, Beijing

- Short C.A., Yao R., Luo G. ,Li B (2012) ‘Exploiting a Hybrid Environmental Design Strategy in the Continental Climate of Beijing’, International Journal of Ventilation ISSN 1473-3315 Volume 11 No 2, pp.105-130

-  Short, C.A., Lomas, K.J., Renganathan, G., Fair,A. (2012) ‘Building resilience to overheating into 1960's UK hospital buildings within the constraint of the national carbon reduction target: adaptive strategies’. Building and Environment, doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2012.02.031, pp.1-23

- Lomas, K.J., Giridharan, R., Short, C.A., Fair,A.J. (2012) ‘Resilience of ‘Nightingale’ hospital wards in a changing climate’, Building Serv. Eng. Res. Technol. 33,1, pp. 81–103

- Short, C. Alan , Cook, Malcolm , Cropper, Paul C. and Al-Maiyah, Sura  (2010) 'Low energy refurbishment strategies for health buildings', Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 3: 3, 197-216, First published on: 17 February 2010 (iFirst), DOI: 10.1080/19401490903318218

 -  Short C.A., Cook M., Lomas K.J. (2009) ‘Delivery and performance of a low-energy ventilation and cooling strategy’, Building Research and Information, 37 (1), January – February, pp. 1-30.

-  Short C.A., Al-Maiyah S. (2009) ‘Design Strategy for low energy ventilation and cooling of hospitals’, Building Research and Information, (2009) 37(3), pp.1–29.doi: 10.1080/09613210902885156

 -  Short, C.A., Cook, M.J., Woods, A. (2009) ‘Low energy ventilation and cooling within an urban heat island’, Renewable Energy, Renewable E: doi: 101016/j.renene.2009.02.013

  Lomas, K.J., Cook, M.J., and Short,C.A. (2009) ‘Commissioning hybrid advanced naturally ventilated buildings: a US case study’, Energy and Buildings

-  Yao R., Li B., Steemers K., Short A., (2009) ‘Assessing the natural ventilation cooling potential of office buildings in different climate zones in China,’ Renewable Energy, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2009.05.015

-  Lomas K.J., Cook M.J, & Short C.A., (2008) ‘Commissioning hybrid advanced naturally ventilated buildings: a US case study’, NCEUB 2008 Proceedings

-  Short C.A. (2008) ‘What is Architectural Design Research?’  Building Research and Information Vol 36, Issue 2, March 2008, p195-199

-  Short C.A. (2008) ‘Geometry and Atmosphere: the conundrum of Building for the Arts’ in the series ‘The importance of Arts & Humanities to life in the UK’, essay commissioned by the Chief Executive of the AHRC

-  Short, C.A., Barrett, P., Dye A., Sutrisna, M., (2007) ‘Impacts of value engineering on five capital arts projects’, Building Research and Information, 35(3), pp. 287–315.

-  Short, C.A., Lomas, K., (2007) ‘Exploiting a hybrid environmental design strategy in a US continental climate’, Building Research and Information, 35 (2), pp. 119-143

-  Short, C.A., Whittle, G., Owarish, M., (2006) ‘Fire and Smoke control in naturally ventilated buildings’, Building Research & Information, 34 (1), pp. 21-54

-  Cook, M.J. and Short, C.A., (2005) ‘Natural Ventilation and Low Energy Cooling of Large, Non-domestic buildings – four case studies’, The International Journal of Ventilation, 3 (4), March, pp. 283-.

-  Short, C.A. and Cook, M.J., (2005) ‘Design guidance for naturally ventilated theatres’, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Hodder Arnold, 26 (3), September, pp. 259-270

-  Short, C.A., (2004) 'A typology of design strategies for low energy, efficient, deep plan public buildings in various climates’, World Architecture, in: L. Hao ed. Tsinghua, Beijing

-  Short, C.A., Lomas K.J., Woods, A., (2004) Design strategy for low energy ventilation and cooling within an urban heat island’, Building Research and Information, 32 (3)May - June, pp. 187-206