Dr Prue Chiles

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Solar Energy in Future Societies
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Research Interests:

  • The design of learning environments
  • Inclusive and community-led design
  • New and sustainable futures

At the base of all Prue’s work is an understanding that placing people in the centre of architectural design and developing a strategic view of sustainability in its widest sense, is critical in any creative project. After qualifying as an architect, Prue spent 2 years on a Rome Scholarship, studying the Early Renaissance. The next 5 years were spent in architectural practices in London, (Richard Reid and Rivington Street Studio), the US (KRJDA Roche Dinkaloo) and New Zealand (Lane Priest).

Prue joined Sheffield as a lecturer in 1992 committing myself to the university , the city and the region.

In 2002, Prue set up Bureau-design+research (Bdr), a unique research based consultancy/project office, designed to raise the profile of architectural design in the building process. The team mission is to reach out with ideas and processes that are relevant to people. Aligned with this, Prue started a small, now award winning architectural practice, Prue Chiles Architects (1999-) to pursue research through design. In both, they have formed partnerships and collaborations and risen to the challenge of remaining innovative as a small enterprise; taking the lead from their clients and their projects as one of the sites for Prue’s research.