Background and activities

Aoife Houlihan Wiberg is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture & Technology. In 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.She is currently leading research to develop an user centred architectural and urban toolbox for use in the new The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN) in 2017.

Aoífe Houlihan Wiberg 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.

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.

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.


  • M.Sc. Sustainable Architecture [Responsible for Emissions as Design Drivers: Design & Theory (AAR4817 + AAR4546 2nd semester) and Masters theses (AAR4993 4th semester)]
  • PhD co-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)


  • 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)
  • Standard Norge- Development of a Norwegian Standard for the calculation of Embodied Emission for Materials

Other Activities

  • IEA Annex 57 Subtask 4 Joint Leader
  • SB13 Graz, CESB16 Prague – Scientific Committee

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


Part of book/report

  • moncaster, alice; Birgisdottir, Harpa; Malmqvist, Tove; Nygaard Rasmussen, Freja; Houlihan Wiberg, Aoife Anne Marie; Soulti, Eleni. (2018) Embodied Carbon Measurement, Mitigation and Management Within Europe, Drawing on a Cross-Case Analysis of 60 Building Case Studies. Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management, and Mitigation.
  • Wiik, Marianne Rose Kjendseth; Houlihan Wiberg, Aoife Anne Marie. (2017) Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Material Use in the Living Laboratory. Proceedings of World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017 Hong Kong. Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action. WSBE17.
  • Finocchiaro, Luca; Houlihan Wiberg, Aoife Anne Marie; Wyckmans, Annemie. (2016) The MSc programme in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU. SMART ENERGY REGIONS - Skills, Knowledge, training and supply chains..