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Professor Alan Short

Professor Alan Short

Professor of Architecture

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge


Alan Short is Professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, a Professorial Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and Principal of Short and Associates Architects. His research group develops passive and hybrid low-energy design strategies for non-domestic buildings in different climates, new-build and rebuild, projecting their future performance against current climate change predictions.

He and his research collaborators also design and build innovative low-energy buildings through Short and Associates Architects. The practice, which has won a number of awards, invents innovative, low-energy building design strategies for education, research, industry and commerce across the world’s populated climate regions.

A 10 minute film outlining his work with the NHS can be found here.


  • low energy building design strategies, particularly the NHS and also for education, research, industry and commerce
  • climates
  • projecting the future performance of new and existing buildings against current climate change predictions
  • climate change and sustainability for the built and natural environments