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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Paul Michael Pelken is an experienced registered architect, academic, and innovator with a consistent 20 year track record of award winning and patented developments in design, architecture, and engineering.


He has extensive experience working on projects ranging from industrial design to large scale architectural structures, and has practiced in Germany, Italy, the UK, USA and China. His work has been widely published and exhibited. He is driving change at the interfaces of academic and industry led developments, incl. EPSRC funded work at UCL, research supervision at the University of Cambridge, and Visiting Professorships at Nanjing University and Southeast University.

Most recently he secured significant Innovate UK "KTP" and "Transforming Construction Challenge" grant funding in his industry role, and is co-inventor of 5 pending industry patents. Prior to assuming leadership roles to manage Research & Development portfolios in the construction industry, he was a tenured Research Professor at Syracuse University, Research Fellow at the New York State - Center of Excellence for Energy and Environmental Systems, and Director of SU's London Architecture Program. He has published over 30 papers, and has lectured and contributed to over 40 conferences internationally including several invited keynotes in the UK, USA, Germany, Finland and Colombia.

Michael is founding partner of London based P+ Studio and Consulting, and Innovation Director for Keltbray Group. In 2017 he joined the faculty at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and was made Senior Associate in 2018. In 2019 he was appointed as Honorary Visiting Professor at City, University of London, followed by appointment as Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in 2021.

Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership