UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

Dr Scott Orr

Dr Scott Orr


Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Mar 2016

Research summary

Scott’s research within heritage science uses data-driven methods to further understanding, improve management, and widen participation within the heritage sector. He primarily works on assessing climate impacts on buildings, the use of non-destructive tools, and incorporating value and perception into scientific evaluations.

He is currently the UK Coordinator for the KNOWMORE Network – a two-year initiative funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office to encourage scientific collaboration between researchers in UK and Belgium working on stone-built heritage.

He was the Organising Committee Chair for the 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology held in Oxford in 2016.  

Teaching summary

Scott is a Lecturer in Heritage Data Science and Assistant Course Director on the MSc in Data Science for Cultural Heritage. This programme pioneers a new way of teaching data science through application in a cross-disciplinary context.

He leads on several modules within, including an Introduction to Heritage Science, Here Data Mapping and Visualisation, Heritage Building Information Modelling, and Heritage Data Management.


University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2018
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2015
University of Toronto
First Degree, Bachelor of Applied Science | 2014


Scott was appointed Lecturer in Heritage Data Science at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage in 2019. An engineer with broad interests, he has a research masters and doctorate in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology under the supervision of Professor Heather Viles from UCL and the University of Oxford, respectively. This work emphasised collaboration with heritage organisations in the public and private sector. From 2018-19, he was a Researcher at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment and College Lecturer in Physical Geography at St Catherine’s College, during which time he worked with Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland to develop guidance for building professionals on moisture measurement in the historic environment.