Professor joins Academy of Excellence

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

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A leading figure in sustainable architecture is amongst 13 international experts to be recognised for work on sustainability and the built environment.

Oxford Brookes’ Professor Rajat Gupta has been voted into the Building4Change 2013 Virtual Academy of Excellence and joins fellow academics and industry leads.

The International Stars of Building Science initiative was created to recognise the achievements of those promoting the very best in building science. This is with the aim of improving the quality, sustainability and resilience of the built environment with an overall goal of making people’s lives better.

As part of his nomination and votes from peers, Professor Gupta was praised as “an inspiring and passionate lecturer.” Professor Gupta is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change and Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes.

He was instrumental in developing the world’s first global common carbon metric (CCM) for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. That CCM protocol has been applied worldwide and is being developed into an ISO standard.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Gupta said: “I am delighted to be recognised with this honour. The list of inductees includes an impressive range of significant players in the built environment sector and it is a real honour to join them.

“The work I do at Oxford Brookes and as part of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development is helping to create a sustainable future through research in the built and natural environments.

“We are currently involved in a range of funded research for research councils, industry and the public sector and this accolade will hopefully provide even greater opportunities in furthering this work.”

Professor Fergus Nicol, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Oxford Brookes was also recognised in the nominee list for the Stars of Building Science initiative.

More information on Professor Guptor’s work can be found on the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment webpages .