Dr Oriel Prizeman MA (Cantab) AADip RIBA SCA PhD (Cantab)


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3.22, Bute Building
Research group:
Architectural History and Theory Group


Oriel is course leader for the MSc Sustainable Building Conservation and director of the Equality and Diversity Committee. She is a member of the School Board and School Executive Committee. She line manages two teaching and two research staff.

External activities

She is an elected board member for the North America based Association for Preservation Technology International and has been a member of the scientific committee for the international CIPA digital heritage conference to be held in Ottawa 2017.

Through the MSc she has set up long term collaborations with the Conservation Masters programmes at Roma Tre University and the National Technical University of Athens. She has been an active member of the Tbilisi Heritage Group since attending a Roundtable on behalf of the British Council in 2011 ‘Identity and Spirit of Old Tbilisi’.

Other information

Oriel’s new edited book: “Sustainable Building Conservation: Theory and Practice of Responsive Design in the Heritage Environment” through RIBA publications is available now; http://www.ribabookshops.com/item/sustainable-building-conservation-theory-and-practice-of-responsive-design-in-the-heritage-environment/82398/

Research interests

Her research focuses on environmental histories and digital tools for conservation and is informed by having completed 28 built projects in her own practice as an architect. She is Principal Investigator for a 40 month AHRC funded project: “Shelf-Life: Re-imagining the future of Carnegie Public Libraries”, a £203000 award in collaboration with computer scientists and historians in the UK and the USA.

Oriel was Co-I on the AHRC ICHR Newton Baba Funded research networking project: The Historic City of Ajmer-Pushkar Mapping layers of history, use and meaning for sustainable planning and conservation led by Prof Adam Hardy and recently was invited to Delhi to participate in a consultation over the next joint India / UK research fund call for the AHRC and Newton Baba fund. In February this year she was invited to participate in a research consultation over the future of the ancient Harrappan archeological site at Rakhigarhi in Haryana by the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage Development, during this visit she gave a talk to the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi and contributed to a roundtable of the Indian Council for Art and Cultural Heritage.

In the UK Oriel was funded in 2016 as PI by Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and Cadw for a scoping report: Correlating maintenance, energy efficiency and fuel poverty for traditional buildings in the UK.

She has published two books: Prizeman, O. E. C. ed. 2015. Sustainable building conservation: theory and practice of responsive design in the heritage environment RIBA Publishing and Philanthropy and light: Carnegie Libraries and the advent of transatlantic standards for public space Ashgate. Other publications are listed here: http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/architecture/profile/oriel-prizeman/

Research supervisor

Main expertise

Historic buildings and environments; Conservation; Libraries.

Supervision experience

Currently supervising 7 PhD.

Additional supervision interests

Happy to consider all heritage related investigations also particularly interested in digital modelling of historic environments.

Teaching profile

Oriel is course leader for the MSc Sustainable Building Conservation and leads the ART 504 module “Case Studies and Regional Work”, she is a member of the Conservation Course Director’s forum and external examiner for MA in Conservation Studies, MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) and the MA in the Archaeology of Buildings delivered by the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and also for the MA/PgDip Conservation of the Historic Environment at Birmingham City University (formerly at Ironbridge).

Dr Oriel Prizeman is a reader at the Welsh School of Architecture. She is an RIBA accredited specialist conservation architect with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in the environmental history of architecture. She leads the MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation, which she started at WSA in 2013 having joined as a senior lecturer in 2012. She ran her own practice, Oriel Prizeman Ltd in Cambridge for over 16 years specialising in the repair and adaptation of listed houses www.orielprizeman.co.uk. She has taught design studios at the University of East London, the University of Cambridge and at the Royal College of Art.

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