UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Simon Hatherley

Dr Simon Hatherley

KTP Research Associate: Building Performance Net Zero Carbon

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
18th Sep 2020

Research summary

Simon is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Research Associate working with Allford Hall Monaghan and Morris (AHMM) examining routes for the design and delivery of net-zero carbon large-scale, urban, mixed use developments. With reference to case study projects Simon’s research will identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), emerging typologies and standards for the delivery of zero carbon buildings. The research will identify challenges and opportunities in the development of net-zero carbon buildings and consider the impact of net-zero carbon standards on the architectural design space. As the research develops scoping workshops with important industry bodies will be used to review the new approach’s relevance to design decision making. Design Assessment methods will be developed to review the case study information against identified net-zero carbon modelling principles which will then be developing into a preliminary Net Zero Carbon Design Tool Framework. Further integrated design assessments will be used to develop a second iteration of the Net Zero Carbon Design Tool Framework. Production of the Net Zero Carbon Design Tool and the final iteration of the tool will be developed and tested using various stakeholder groups for feedback.


De Montfort University
Masters, Sustainable Building Design |
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Doctorate, Archtecture | 2017


Simon joined the UCL Energy Institute as a KTP Researcher in September 2020. Simon is an Architect with a specialism in low energy and sustainable building design with over fifteen years post qualification experience in architectural practice in the UK. Simon is a member of the RIBA, registered with the ARB, an Associate of the Energy Institute and a Certified Passivhaus Designer. Prior to joining UCL was a Project Architect at Scott Brownrigg where he was involved in the delivery of major urban developments in London, Cardiff and Moscow. At Scott Brownrigg Simon engaged in practitioner research where he, as part of team including Cundall and Gleeds, was employed as a consultant to the Welsh Government investigating opportunities to reduce recurrent costs, energy consumptions and carbon emissions in a new generation of Welsh schools developed as part of the Mutual Investment Model (MIM) programme through an investigation of the performance of schools built under previous school development programmes.


Simon’s first degree was a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Cardiff University in 1999 which was followed by Bachelor of Architecture from the same institution in 2002. He followed up an interest in Sustainable design by completing an MSc in Sustainable Building in 2009 at De Montfort University, which he completed by distance learning. Simon began his PhD studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2010. Simon’s PhD research was undertaken as part of the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship where working with an industrial partner, Pembrokeshire Housing Association, he examined development models for low carbon housing in rural areas of Wales using semi-structured interviews, embodied energy analysis and dynamic thermal modelling. Following the completion of the research phase of his doctorate Simon returned to Architectural practice where he worked on projects for a diverse range of clients including NHS Lothian, Ministry of Defence, the House of Lords, Newham Council, Berkeley Homes and the Welsh Government (as mentioned above).