Professor Tim Sharpe B.Sc. B.Arch. Ph.D. ARB, FHEA

Job Title:

Professor in Environmental Architecture; Director, Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU)





Tim Sharpe
The Glasgow House, GHA

Tim Sharpe


Professor Tim Sharpe

Tim Sharpe is a senior academic at The Glasgow School of Art, holding several academic posts, including Professor of Environmental Architecture, Head of Architectural Technology, Senior Researcher at the MSA, Reader in Environmental Architecture and Director of the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU). The latter is a position he took over in 2008. Since that time, MEARU has undergone a transformation in activity, profile and capacity and is an acknowledged centre of excellence in its field and is one of the most successful research centres at the GSA. MEARU now has an internationally recognised profile with a very unique identity, bridging the gap between science-based research, architectural design, and building users. It has established expertise that goes beyond energy use to include design, health and wellbeing, with over £4m of funded projects. Funding has been received from a wide range of Research Council, Industry and Government sources including the EPSRC, AHRC, SFC, TSB, EU, UK and Scottish Government, Glasgow Housing Association, Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Architects

Sharpe was an expert evaluator to the Innovate UK Performance Evaluation Programme. This was a 4-year, £8m UK wide government funded programme that investigated the performance gap between design and construction and aimed to develop BPE knowledge in the UK construction industry. This led to a range of studies that have highlighted problems of performance gaps and poor environmental performance in contemporary construction. These include a range of projects (total value £750k) funded through Innovate UK; a joint AHRC and SFC funded study Sunshine, Health and Wellbeing in Housing, that investigated effects of mental well-being and anti-bacteriological effects of sunlight in homes; and work for the Building Standards Directorate on Investigation of Occupier Influence on Indoor Air Quality in Dwellings which has led to changes in building standards. Currently he is the PI for the ‘Influence of ventilation design on the prevalence of anti-microbial bacteria in homes’ (AH/R00207X/1 £200k) and a study for the Scottish Government 'Ability of dMEV to act as ‘whole-house’ ventilation systems in new-build dwellings' (30k) and is a CI on FITS-LCD: Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low-Carbon Dwellings, (EP/N021479/1 £998k) and leading on 2 current Knowledge Transfer Partnerships looking at the energy and health issues arising in both refurbishment and performance gaps and whole life costs in PRS projects.

He is currently chair of the NHBC Scotland Technical Committee and sits on the National Construction Quality Expert Panel. He is a Topic Expert on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Public Health Committee on Indoor Air Quality and is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) working group The Effects of Indoor Air on Children's Health Across the Life Course. He is also Member of the British Standards Institute (BSi) retrofit working group, Air Tightness and Ventilation and is the co-chair of the Ventilation sub-group of the Centre for Moisture in Buildings