BiographyI am currently Professor of Sustainability in Architectural Heritage at the University of Kent and I am also a National Teaching Fellow. In my role as an architectural educator I have a strong interest in embedding sustainable practices of design into the education of professional architects. Before coming to Kent I trained as an architect in the UK and Austria. I studied at the Princes Foundation in London, University of Portsmouth and at the technical university in Vienna (TU Wien). I specialised in environmental design with an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. The subject of my PhD, which I completed in 2011, was on the history of glass architecture from an environmental perspective. It was during my studies in Cambridge I developed an interest in the environmental history of architecture.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My main research interest is in the history of environmental design in architecture, with a particular focus on 19th and 20th century. In addition to making a contribution to academic scholarship within the field of architectural history, I have a strong interest in the application of this research in the context of architectural practice and my current project at the Houses of Parliament explores ways of bridging architectural practice and academic research to address issues of sustainability in architectural conservations. Since 2016 he has been seconded to the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme in London to lead a large research project investigating the original 19th-century principles of ventilation and climate control in the Houses of Parliament. This project ‘Between Sustainability and Heritage’ has provided new insights into the design, performance and history of these technologies and has informed the restoration. His research has been published, amongst others, in Architectural History, Building Research & Information, Antiquaries Journal and Building & Cities.
Published: Jun 01, 2020 by Buildings and Cities, 1(1), pages 141–163.
Authors: Henrik Schoenefeldt
The chamber of the House of Commons was rebuilt and completed in 1950. It has acted as a learning laboratory for 70 years for occupant satisfaction. Although experiments were undertaken to assess and refine its design empirically, under real-life conditions it did not perform as the designer envisaged. Its history between 1950 and 2019 illustrates that its performance was scrutinised by users, became the subject of scientific investigations, and underwent changes.
Published: Dec 01, 2019 by Building Research & Information, 47:6, 635-665
Authors: Henrik Schoenefeldt
Subjects: History, Environment and Sustainability, Research Methods
Building scientists have retraced the origins of modern post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) to the 1960s, but this paper shows that the use of POEs and their integration into the process of improving building performance has been a more longstanding practice. Focusing on the post-occupancy history of the House of Commons from 1854 until 1941 as a case study, this paper examines the nature and functions of these earlier precursors of modern POEs.
Published: Dec 11, 2019
This the recording of the documentary film launch held at the Royal Institute of British Architecture in December 2019. The documentary is about my research into the environmental heritage of the Houses of Parliament. The launch included panel debate about the subject of the film, with panel guests from industry, Parliament and academia. The debates itself begins at 34 minutes.
Published: Jan 20, 2021
A short film about my research project at the Houses of Parliament and how it is informing the restoration and renewal programme. It was first broadcasted in December 2019