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Dr Sebastian Macmillan PhD RIBA, Senior Associate

Dr Sebastian Macmillan, PhD RIBA, Senior Associate

Dr Sebastian Macmillan trained and practised as an architect, and went on to found an independent Cambridge-based research consultancy undertaking commissions for a variety of public sector organisations. Joining the University of Cambridge in 1996, he won research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and went on manage their construction research portfolio. Later he was appointed as Consortium Manager for the EPSRC-funded £3m 4-year project Carbon Reduction in Buildings.


Sebastian has published extensively in the areas of environmental management of buildings, low and zero carbon building design, interdisciplinary design and integration, leadership and effective teamwork, and the added value of good design. His books include Interdisciplinary Design in Practice (Thomas Telford, 2001), Designing Better Buildings (Spon Press, 2004), and The Value Handbook (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, 2006). He has also published a number of academic papers, good practice guides and industry publications often in support of UK government initiatives in architecture and the built environment. He chaired the Research & Innovation Committee of the Royal Institute of British Architects between 2007 and 2012. 

Sebastian has been engaged internationally as an academic advisor, external examiner and research assessor for a number of universities, and has lectured extensively abroad. He helped establish master’s courses in urban design in five universities in Ukraine with EU funding, and in 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Dnipro, Ukraine. He recently completed an appointment as Visiting Professor at Turin Polytechnic. He was IDBE Course Director 2006-2017.

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