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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Dr Tim Forman is a Senior Teaching Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge, where he serves as a Course Director and Director of Studies of the ‘Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment’ Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate programme.


Tim’s teaching and research interests relate to professional practice and the rapid transition to sustainability and resilience priorities. Tim has a multi-disciplinary background in the built environment sector, with experience in architecture, construction and engineering contexts.

Tim holds a PhD in Architecture and an MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design from Cardiff University. He completed postdoctoral research at the Centre for Sustainable Development in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge, which he joined in 2015, before moving to CISL, where he was previously a Senior Research Associate.

Tim is particularly interested in challenges associated with existing buildings and infrastructure and with designing, constructing and operating built environments to meet changing climate and environmental conditions and social needs. He has led and supported university teaching across numerous degree programs related to sustainability for architecture, engineering and built environment practitioners. Outside of his work at Cambridge, Tim is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Resilience and Security at Norwich University (USA), he works in sustainability impact investment and in industry consultancy, and he supports various industry advisory panels and practitioner-led initiatives.

Tim Forman
Senior Teaching Associate and Course Director