Dr. Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW, where he coordinates the high performance technology stream in the Master of Architecture program. Prior to joining UNSW, he was the creator of the masters course in sustainable tall buildings at the University of Nottingham, UK – the world’s only qualification dedicated to the design and research of highrise architecture. Oldfield has taught at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.
Philip Oldfield sets Alec Tzannes’ legacy of sustainable architecture, including the “remarkable achievement” of International House Sydney, against the backdrop of the challenges of climate change looming in the coming decades.
Combining a kinetic timber facade and a typology more often associated with slick glass, FJMT has created this “sublime” office tower that is tuned to the history of its harbour-side site and is “intrinsically Sydney.”
With three projects in development in Sydney, UK practice Make has opened an Australian office. Philip Oldfield speaks to founder Ken Shuttleworth about supertall towers and Sydney’s design excellence competitions.