The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Samuel Stamp

Dr Samuel Stamp

Lecturer (Teaching)

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2012

Research summary

Sam’s research centres around measuring and monitoring the real-world performance of buildings. This includes developing state-of-the-art measurement methods, analysis techniques, gaining a robust understanding of uncertainties and the application of the latest sensing technologies. Sam’s work covers areas of energy, thermal comfort, occupant behaviour and a focus on both heat loss measurements and indoor air quality. This research aims to improve our understanding of how building perform, addressing the existing under performance of buildings and supporting the transition to comfortable, healthy and zero carbon future. 

Current projects include:

  • Post Occupancy Evaluation for the London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Indoor air quality in London's Nurseries, ESPRC IAA with Greater London Authority
  • The role of ventilation design and operation on the ingress of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter in city centre offices. CIBSE
  • Expert member of the CEN Technical Committee 89 WG - Thermal performance of buildings - In-situ testing of completed buildings

 Previous Projects include:

  • QUASIMODO - Quality of Indoor Air on urban Sites Matched with Outdoorair quality Datasets to improve health outcomes, EIT Digital
  • The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on households' environmental control behaviour, indoor air quality and energy use. UCL KEI
  • Minimising Building Envelope Heat Losses through Functional Gradation, Bartlett Research Grants Scheme
  • Total Performance of Low Carbon Buildings in China and the UK, EPSRC
  • BRE 100 Homes Building Performance Evaluation, Crest-Nicolson.
  • NHBC Co-heating Field Trials
  • Derwenthorpe Post-construction testing, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Teaching summary

Sam is part of the teaching team for a recently established undergraduate (MEng EAD) a multidisciplinary collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture and Civil and Geomatic Engineering. The innovative course aims to combine architectural knowledge and vision with a robust understanding of engineering for the built environment. Currently Sam is the Head of Year 1 and sits on the Delivery Team as the theme lead for BuildingService Engineering across the programme.

Additionally, Sam acts as module leader for:

  • Building Physics and Environment – A year 1 module, here the aim is to develop student understanding of key building physicsprincipals underlying natural ventilation, thermal comfort, building acousticsand daylighting.
  • Sense, Sensing and Controls – A year 3 module, this module covers technical and human factors in building controlsystems as well as the use of sensing technologies within the builtenvironment.

Sam has previously led modules on a Sustainable Building Design minorprogramme, leading modules of the Energy Context and Building Engineering Physics to a range of engineering students. He supervises undergraduate and post-graduate dissertations across various programmes in the Bartlett. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, along with being a UCL assessor and is the external examiner for the MEng/BEng programme in Architectural Engineering at Ulster University. 


University College London
Doctorate, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy | 2017
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2015
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2011
University of Bristol
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2008


Dr Samuel Stamp is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Building Performance at theInstitute of Environmental Design and Engineering, which sits within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He is a building physicist with a particular interest in testing, monitoring and measuring the performance ofbuildings. This extends to areas such as the performance gap, building heat loss, indoor environmental quality, occupant behaviour and indoor air quality. Previously, Sam trained as a physicist before working in off-grid pico-hydropower in South-East Asia. Sam then completed a PhD in Energy and Buildings at UCL, examining the uncertainties in whole building heat loss (or co-heating) tests. 

Sam is also the Building Physics Monitoring Lead at IEDE, managing measurement and monitoring equipment. Most recently this includes the addition of reference grade air quality instruments for particulates andNO2/NOx. A data base of research equipment held within IEDE can be found here.Any enquiries for equipment or collaboration on monitoring projects can be made through IEDE_research.equipment@ucl.ac.uk.