Kirsty Sutherland lectures in architecture with a background in structural engineering consultancy.
Her work examines materials and forms, particularly materials and technologies that promote sustainable future building and the educational opportunities around sustainability in architecture.
Kirsty Sutherland lectures in architecture. She worked in structural engineering consultancy for twelve years before joining the University of Brighton in 2006.
Her design experience covers diverse sectors. While training in the early 90s she worked on projects such as the Tate Gallery in St Ives as well as commercial office developments and historic buildings in the City of London. In the late 90’s working for structural engineers Techniker then Atelier One, she was design engineer for the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, the Central Show for the Millennium Dome in London and the refurbishment of Augustus Pugin’s Highland Tollbooth in Edinburgh.
Interested in testing emerging ideas about alternative materials and technologies, she took time out to work and live at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and later worked on prototype wind energy systems.
Through a field study to Germany and Australia funded by the Institution of Structural Engineers, Sutherland carried out research into rammed earth and other earth building techniques.
Becoming a member of the IStructE’s Sustainable Construction Panel when it was set up in 2001, she helped to promote the Institution’s guidance book Building for a sustainable future: Construction without depletion. She went on to serve as a council member between 2001 and 2004.
Having been involved in promotion and communication of environmental technologies since 1995, she is currently using that experience to help integrate sustainable design teaching into the architecture school curriculum. By teaching design through validation, she helps her students to develop feasible design options bringing sustainable solutions to the fore.
Always learning, she has intentionally crossed from high tech to low technology design approaches in her career. Working on widely varied projects for clients ranging from Evans and Shalev, Future Systems, Gollifer Associates, Eva Jiricna, Rick Mather, ORMS and Fielden Clegg she remains interested in all things built. She likes to present a balance between innovation and pragmatism when dealing with new ideas and technologies and will continue her research of materials and forms within the university.