School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Neil Burford

Reader in Architecture



Neil Burford was appointed as Reader in Architecture to the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University in July 2017.  He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee and has held various practice positions as a project architect in James F. Stephen Architects, Glamis, RMJM Architects, Edinburgh. and practice director in Design intension Architects and 56 North Architects which he co-founded.

During the early part of his career he developed and led an interdisciplinary research group in Lightweight Structures in collaboration with industry, practice and academia. The Lightweight Structures Unit developed a number of innovative award winning building prototypes that received international awards and patents.

Neil's current work focuses on the design of sustainable communities and low-energy housing. His research develops new concepts in sustainable housing and the relationship between housing energy efficiency, regional climate and low embodied energy construction. His research is both practical and academic: as consultant, he was a finalist on the British Homes Awards, 2010 and the 100 Mile House, 2012. He has recently completed a major study for Scottish Government Assessing the effectiveness of Greenhouse Gas emission policies in Scottish Local Development Plans.

Over the past five years he has been leading a interdisciplinary consortia of academics and industry to design and build the UK’s first Zero-Emission Building Laboratory at the University Botanic Gardens, Dundee. This project addresses future EU regulatory changes towards 2030 (LC-nZEB’s), with energy balancing concepts centred around renewable energy generation, energy storage and intelligent building controls.


BSc Architecture, BArch Honours (1st Class), Ph.D, ARB, RIBA

Previous Academic Positions

Architecture and Planning, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee


Architects Registration Board

Royal Institute of British Architects

Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland