Background and activities

Aoife Houlihan Wiberg is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture & Technology. She recently completed a sabbatical research year at The Center for the Built Environment (CBE), Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley and at The Energy Technologies Area at The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) from 2017 to 2018. At the Research Centre for Zero Emission Buildings (2010-2016), she has spent the past six years developing concepts & strategies for zero emission buildings, in addition to developing a method to calculate embodied emissions from materials in buildings culminating in the creation of The ZEB Tool.She is currently leading research to develop a citizen centred architectural and urban ZEN toolbox for use in the new The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN).

She completed her Ph.D. degree in 2010 at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Nick V. Baker. She also graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1998 with the M.Phil. Degree in Environmental Design. She completed her architectural training with Professor Dean Hawkes at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and graduated with the B.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Arch. Degrees in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

Her Ph.D. was entitled research examined the effectiveness of selected certification schemes at reducing the environmental impact of hotels and proposes a simple, accurate method of CO2 emissions calculation (operational energy) which can be adopted universally. He post doctoral research position involved developing concepts & strategies for Zero Emission Design and the development of robust and reliable method for CO2 Emissions Accounting for materials.

She was elected Chartered Member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2001 and has over six years experience working in practice in Malaysia (Dr. Ken Yeang of T.R.Hamzah & Yeang); London,UK (Aukett Europe Plc.); Dublin, Ireland (Murray O’Laoire Architects) and a short research placement at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with Dr. John Burnett and Professor Phil Jones (WSA). This professional experience formed the basis for her research interest in sustainable development during six years spent in The Bahamas.


  • M.Sc. Sustainable Architecture [Responsible for Emissions as Design Drivers: Design & Theory (AAR4817 + AAR4546 2nd semester) and Masters theses (AAR4993 4th semester)]
  • PhD supervision
  • Masters in Architecture Teaching + supervision
  • Bachelor Architecture Teaching + studio guidance (AAR 4331 ARK 3 Studies in Tectonic Culture and AAR4623 Topology & Tectonics)
  • Experts in Team School of the Future: Heimdal Vidargående Skole (AAR 4911)



  • ZEN WP1 Development of a citizen centred architectural and urban toolbox for ZEN using visualisation tools + emerging technologies for improved stakeholder participation.
  •  IEA International Energy Agency IEA Annex 72 "Assessing Life Cycle Related Environmental Impacts Caused by Buildings”  (


  • ZEB WP5 Concepts & Strategies for zero emissions buildings
    • Publication sensitivity analysis ZEB residential concept
    • Further development CO2 emissons calculation for ZEB pilot projects
  •  IEA International Energy Agency IEA Annex 57 "Evaluation of Embodied Energy and CO2 Emissions for Building Construction” (
    • Case Studies- Data Collection and Analysis
    • Subtask 4 Technical Report
    • Development of Guidelines for Education
  •  Nordic Build Sted "Sustainable Transformation and Environmental Design”   (DTU, KADK, NTNU, Chalmers, VTT) with (Vam Kunst, Helen & Hard, White, OOPEA, Studio Granda). Book available for download at:{2194C3E8-FFB5-427C-8C94-7E4DF4B902FD}
  • Standard Norge NS 3720- Development of a Norwegian Standard for the calculation of Embodied Emission for Materials NS 3720

Other Activities

  • Reviewer for Energy and Buildings, Buildings Research and Infromation (BRI), Energy and Environment.
  • IEA Annex 57 Subtask 4 Joint Leader
  • SB19 , ZEN Conference 2019, SB13 Graz, CESB16 Prague – Scientific Committee
  • Invited International Guest Speaker, Korea, Japan, Singapore, San Francisco

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications