William Fawcett

William Fawcett

William Fawcett is an architect with experience in practice, consultancy, research and teaching. His architectural training was at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture, where he continued with PhD research on the topic ‘A Mathematical Approach to Adaptability in Buildings’.

He then worked for four years in a conventional architectural practice and held a lectureship at Hong Kong University Department of Architecture for four years, before joining Cambridge Architectural Research when it was founded in 1987.

At CAR he has worked with colleagues on a wide range of projects, from UN consultancy missions to North Korea to the conservation of historic buildings in Britain. A major interest is in functional issues – how well buildings work and how their users perceive them. Design for long-term flexibility is a particular interest. A study of sustainable refurbishment led to a new approach to whole-life costing for construction, described in New Generation Whole-life Costing (2006). In addition, he has worked on conservation plans for many historic buildings.

He was the Chadwick Fellow in Architecture at Pembroke College, Cambridge, from 2005 to 2010, developing ways of applying mathematical analysis to building use. These studies are published in the book Activity-Space Research (2016).

William Fawcett became the Chair of CAR in 2016.