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Edward Barsley

Edward Barsley

Lead researcher on the EPSRC funded 'Retrofitting Resilience' Study.

Director of The Environmental Design Studio Ltd.

Creative Director of Small Acts of Kindness - Charitable Trust.

Special Advisor on Flood Risk in the South East to Greg Clark MP.


Ed Barsley is a specialist in environmental design in Architecture with a particular interest on developing strategies to reduce flood risk and increase resilience in the built environment. Throughout his work, Ed is driven and inspired by the challenges of designing for climatic extremes in; Heat, Light, Sound, Water & Air. 

He has lived and worked in Copenhagen, Shanghai, and Colombo as well as throughout the UK. Ed received his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Sheffield and a Masters in Environmental Design in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. He then went on to work for Baca Architects in London, helping to run the TSB funded Climate Adaptive Neighbourhoods Research project which won the 2014 RIBA Presidents Medal for Research in Practice. During this time he was also involved in writing the future cities chapter of the book 'Aquatecture', released in February 2016.

His current work involves the development a methodology for assessing the flood resilience of existing communities as part of a PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. In 2013 he became the special advisor on flood risk in the South East to Greg Clark MP. 

To share the findings from his latest research on community flood resilience, Ed will be releasing a book through RIBA Publishing entitled 'Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building and Community Design'. Due for release in 2018.


Research Interests

Flood Risk and Resilience

Strategies for adaptation to Climate Change 

Environmental Design 


Key Publications