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Sue Roaf

Board Member


After degrees at Manchester University (B.A.Hons., 1975), The Architectural Association (A.A.Dipl., 1978), RIBA Part 3 (1978), Oxford Brookes University (PhD, 1989) Sue took up teaching at Oxford Brookes University (1990 – 2007) and then a position as Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University (2007 – 2016).  She is an award winning author, architect, solar energy pioneer and was an Oxford City Councillor for seven years (2001 – 2008). She lectures widely on many subjects (eg: ).

Her research has covered work on the windcatchers and nomadic architecture of Iran, Mesopotamian archaeology and technologies, photovoltaics, low carbon, and resilient and sustainable design. She is best known for her pioneering work on the Oxford Ecohouse, built in 1995 with the first PV roof in Britain and Ecohouse: A Design Guide. She has written 20 books, most recently focusing on Thermal Comfort. She has organized numerous conferences ( and ).

She is on the Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute in New York ( ) and is a Director of AES Solar Ltd. ( ) and Ecohouse Initiative Ltd. She has recently worked with the Scottish Government in their Adaptation team in Edinburgh and is the long term Chair of ICARB, the Initiative for Carbon Accounting (, a think tank group who have explored issues around community carbon accounting.

2013 – In top 6 for the UK First Women Awards in the Built Environment Section ( )

2013 – In the Top 10 Women in Architecture Awards, Architect’s Journal, London

2010 – Building Design 50 most influential people in Britain in Sustainable Design Awards


Membership of Formal Groups

Business, Professional or Social Relationships

Companies or Associations which you or members of your family are officers or employees or in which you or they have beneficial interests
I am Director of Ecohouse Initiative Ltd. And also AES Solar Ltd.

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Professional Relationships with individuals, organisations or businesses that might have relationships with ARB
I am an Honorary Fellow of the RIAS


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