Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent and AHRC Leadership Fellow. Since June 2016, he has been seconded to the Houses of Parliament to lead the AHRC-funded research project ‘Between Heritage and Sustainability – Restoring the Palace of Westminster’s nineteenth-century ventilation system’. He trained as an architect and during his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge he specialised in the history of environmental design.
He has led several initiatives in developing innovative approaches to teaching, including the introduction of four new modules. In 2016 he was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Teaching Prize for his commitment to teaching innovation.
Impact of work
The primary aim of his initiatives were to introduce students to new practices of sustainable design, establish a research culture within the largely design-led education of architecture, and to improve the pedagogical understanding of architects. The latter involved the introduction of a taught module in architectural education that combines a formal program of lectures and seminars with research projects and teaching practice. The initiatives were underpinned by research projects, which includes HEA-funded research investigating how sustainability affects the working practices of architects and its implication for architectural education. Moreover, he convened a project exploring how collaborative research can be used to bridge the gap between academic research, industry practice and university-based teaching. This project, entitled Interrogating the technical, economic and cultural challenges of delivering the PassivHaus standard in the UK, brought together practitioners, academics and students to investigate the changes required to deliver energy efficient buildings. He has also taken a leading role in the design of the MSc Architecture and Sustainable Environment, introducing a focus on the environment technologies of historic buildings.
Plans for the future
Recognising his contribution to architectural education, he has been invited to give talks at various universities, conferences and professional organisations and his work has featured in articles published in CIBSE Journal, RIBA Journal and Architects Journal. Over the next two years he will be conducting research underpinning the development of a joint module for the MSc in Architecture and Sustainable Environment and MSc in Architectural Conservation.
Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture and AHRC Leadership Fellow
University of Kent