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Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Alan Short was educated at Trinity College (senior scholar) and as Exchange Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He has been the Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge since 2001, Head of Dept. 2001-04. His work focuses on the design of sustainable buildings.



Short’s research group investigates and develops passive and hybrid resilient, low-energy design strategies for new-build and perhaps more importantly for interventions in non-domestic buildings in different climates, projecting their future performance against current climate change predictions. More recently the work has concentrated on hospital buildings, the group has assessed the resilience of the entire NHS Estate, its adaptation potential and the likely cost, reported to Ministers. Short is appointed to administer and report on the UK Dept of Health's NHS Energy Efficiency Fund 2013-14.

Professor Short is the PI for the EPSRC-NSFC funded project LoHCool, 'Low Carbon environmentally responsive Heating and Cooling of Cities' 2015-19, an investigation into the adaptation opportunities within the mega cities of the Hot Summer-Cold Winter zone in China with the Departments of Engineering, Geography and Mathematics at Cambridge; Reading, Chongqing and Zhejiang Universities and Imperial College London.

Professor Short is also the PI for the AHRC Antimicrobial Resistance project ExISE, Excising Infection in the Surgical Environment 2017-2020 with the BP Institute, Infectious Diseases and History of Art in Cambridge, History at Kings College London, Leeds University's Engineering Department and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Professor of Architecture
President of Clare Hall
Professor C. Alan  Short
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