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Professor Tom Woolley, Architectural Consultant for Cauldron Community

The Cauldron Community are absolutely thrilled to have one of the world’s most distinguished and experienced Architects specialising in Community Eco Building as part of our core team. Tom has already been extremely helpful with advice and support for the project as a ‘Holistic, Environmental Building and Architectural Consultant.’

We are further delighted to announce that he will be travelling down to our meeting in Westport Family and Community Resource Centre on Saturday 25th July 2-5pm giving a special presentation on ‘Eco Villages, Eco Building and Land Reform’ to Aspiring Residents of the Cauldron Community and any other interested parties who wish to come along.

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Tom Woolley B.Arch, PhD is an architect and environmental researcher living in County Down Northern Ireland. He moved to Northern Ireland from England in 1991.

He was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991 to 2007 but now works as a freelance educator and environmental consultant for Rachel Bevan Architects. He has been Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology Graduate School of the Environment in Wales and at University of Central Lancashire, and also Professor of Sustainable Rural Architecture at the Countryside and Communities Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire. He has been chairman of the Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee and a member of the NI Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture. He is on the board of the Chartered Institute of Housing NI.

Tom’s political activity has included a lifelong commitment to the trade union movement with membership of NALGO, ASTMS and now the Universities and Colleges Union. He established the Association of Community Technical Aid Centres which provided professional advice to working class community groups and law centres and has been an active campaigner on housing conditions and fuel poverty, working with the Co-operative movement.

Tom Woolley has published widely on community participation, housing and green architecture. He has been a speaker at numerous international conferences and has run workshops on sustainable construction in over 12 countries.

He was editor of the Green Building Handbook and author of Natural Building (Crowood Press) and Hemp and Lime Construction (BRE/IHS Press). He is one of the founder members of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, UK, EASCA and the Living Building Institute in Ireland. His latest 226-page book, Low Impact Building, was published by Wiley Blackwell in February 2013. He is working on a new book about Healthy Buildings to be published by Routledge.

Tom has been active in innovative research work on sustainable and renewable bio-based construction materials including strawbale and hemp lime construction. Research projects have been funded under EU programmes, the Technology Strategy Board, Energy Saving Trust, the Irish EPA and Carbon Trust. Tom is a European Board member director of Natureplus, the leading certification system for sustainable materials. He has organized workshops on hemp lime construction in some 15 countries around Europe and in South Africa and Canada. This includes work with Fordhall Community owned farm, the Ecological Land Co-operative and Cae Mabon retreat centre.

Tom lives in County Down. He was a founder member of Cedar Integrated Primary School. Tom is a board member of Ballynahinch Credit Union.

He is a keen gardener and a member of his local Grow it Yourself Group and looks after some ancient hardwood woodland. He also plays the violin in the Studio Symphony Orchestra and a string quartet.


John-Paul Patton
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