Paul Stoller is an environmental designer and architectural educator who has worked in the UK, US and Australia.
His research activities include resilient design, the sharing economy and collaborative urbanism, and living algae building systems.
At UTS, he is a senior lecturer teaching environmental design, systems integration, and studio and elective subjects that always incorporate integrated design and sustainability thinking.
In his professional practice, he has contributed sustainability planning and design consulting to environmentally ambitious buildings, precincts, and campuses. His areas of expertise include high-performance facades, advanced HVAC and energy systems, and sustainable master planning.
His professional projects include the South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute (high performance facade design), Barangaroo South (Green Star Communities strategy), the adaptive reuse of the Main Assembly Building at Tonsley Park, SA (daylighting, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency consulting), and original environmental concepts for Federation Square in Melbourne.
Paul is a visiting lecturer and environmental design consultant for the Rural Studio at Auburn University in Alabama in the US. His work in the US and Europe includes multiple net-zero energy, LEED Platinum, and highly sustainable buildings, campuses, and urban projects. The US Green Building Council named him a LEED Fellow in 2013.
Integrating living systems into buildings
Resilience and climate change adaptation
Advanced HVAC and energy systems
Parker, N, Bannister, P, Jackson, Q & Stoller, PD 2017, 'Optimising environmental performance using building performance simulation', Environment Design Guide, no. 91, pp. 1-16.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Computer simulation of a building's environmental performance has been available as a technology for over 30 years, during which time the accuracy, depth and speed of simulation have all significantly improved. However, it is arguable that industry's use of computer simulation has not kept up with the potential contribution this technology can make to the design and construction of buildings.
This article provides an outline of how dynamic thermal simulation (energy modelling) and daylight simulation methods can be optimally applied to the design and construction process for new buildings, with an exploration of how Atelier Ten applied this to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
Wilkinson, SJ, Stoller, P, Ralph, P, Hamdorf, B, Navarro Catana, L & Santana Kuzava, G 2017, 'Exploring the feasibility of algae building technology in NSW', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 1121-1130.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
For some time, Biochemists have been exploring the potential to produce biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuel energy. Biofuels can be derived from crops such as corn, soybean and sugarcane however these crops can contribute to water scarcity and deforestation. Furthermore, large areas of land are used that could otherwise be used for food production. Another possibility is to use microalgae, which does not have the disadvantages associated with crop-based biofuels. Depending on conditions, microalgae can produce bio compounds that are converted into biofuels.
The built environment is responsible for around 40 to 50% of total greenhouse gas emissions through fossil fuel consumption. Not only is it necessary to design and to retrofit our built environment to be more energy efficient, but it is also necessary to consider alternative fuel sources. To date, this has mostly focused on solar, wind and geothermal sources, however one residential building in Hamburg Germany has adopted algae building technology in the form of façade panels which act as a source of energy for heating the apartments and for hot water. The climate in northern Germany is very different to Australia, and the question arises; what is the feasibility to adopt algae building technology in New South Wales? There are issues around the physical and technical aspects of the technology, the social and environmental aspects, the regulatory and planning aspects, as well as the economic considerations. This paper reports on a study with key stakeholders in New South Wales to explore barriers and drivers associated with the adoption of algae building technology.
Stoller, PD 2015, 'Low Carbon' in Fell, C, Hartman, H & Bellew, P (eds), Invisible Architecture, Atelier Ten 25 Years of Atelier Ten, Laurence King Publishing, London, pp. 26-33.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This book gives a detailed overview of the practice through a series of highly illustrated, thematic essays and covers all their major works since their foundation. It will appeal to engineers and architects alike.
Wilkinson, SJ & Stoller, P 2018, 'Algae building technology energy efficient retrofit potential in Sydney housing', Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2018 Proceedings of the 10th International Conference in Sustainability on Energy and Buildings (SEB’18) (Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies), International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings 2018, Springer, Australia, pp. 311-321.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019. As we explore ways to mitigate the impact of the United Nations Panel on Climate Change conclusion of a three degree increase in global temperature by 2100, one option for the housing sector could be retrofit with innovative technologies to reduce energy use and provide onsite energy generation. We have become familiar with concepts of Passive Haus design and high thermal mass as design technologies to reduce energy demand for heating and cooling. There have been increases in standards in energy efficiency within building codes globally since the 1980s. We are familiar with on-site energy generation technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels. However overall energy consumption increases and reliance on new build innovation and improvement will not deliver sufficient reductions to make an impact. Retrofit is needed, as 87% of the stock we will have by 2050 is already here. To date, there is an innovative evolving technology that has not been considered, trialled or adopted; that may present another contribution to reducing residential energy use and environmental footprint over the building lifecycle. This technology is Algae Building Technology, which comprises biomass production on site in glazed façade panels which also provide solar thermal energy for hot water and heating. Biomass can be converted to biofuel to supply HVAC equipment. In addition to the high value uses of algae as a food source, and a feed stock for pharmaceutical, neutriceutical, agricultural and industry, it can also generate low-grade heat as an useful byproduct. To date, one residential building of 15 apartments in Hamburg has adopted the technology. This paper explores whether the technology could be suited to Sydney Australia and the feasibility for retrofit in low, medium and high density residential stock.
Kain, G 2015, 'Main Assembly Building, Tonsley Park'.
The objective of the Main Assembly Building (MAB) was to create a highly flexible, mixed use precinct under an ‘umbrella’ of the existing car factory structure. Whilst respecting the structure of the MAB in its current form, the design team -- supported by myself through my consultancy, Atelier Ten -- created a comprehensive design for the adaptive re-use celebrating the industrial heritage of the automobile factory building and creating a unique destination and contemporary public space.
The detailed design of the MAB ensures an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable response to the site. An internal layout delivers a clear yet flexible allotment plan which highlights and adequately deals with the complex issues associated with land titling under the existing structure.
The internal demonstration ‘pod’ buildings are situated under the MAB roof structure. The demonstration pods show future tenants possible building configurations that are attractive, adaptable, flexible and highly functional for a variety of uses including use by multiple tenants within one pod.
The re-clad building creates a comfortable microclimate, facilitating indoor-outdoor working across the pods. My work was to guide the design of the re-cladding of the structure to deliver the right balance of sun and shade so the microclimate had appropriate daylight and comfort conditions.
Miglis, P 2014, 'South Australia Health and Medical Institute (SAHMRI) building'.
The SAHMRI building houses laboratories, workplace, and public event spaces for an interdisciplinary research organization focused on human health and wellness.
Pegrum, A, 'Ian Potter Conservatory Design Competition and Exhibition, Australian National Botanic Gardens', Australian National Botanic Gardens.
The Ian Potter Conservatory is a new tropical greenhouse at the Australian National Botanic Garden. The design team for the project was appointed through a national design competition that attracted Australia's leading design practices. I contributed to the design of the winning entry through my design consultancy, Atelier Ten. Our entry, along with the other five schemes that were in the final round of the competition, were all displayed at the ANBG in a featured exhibition celebrating all of the schemes.
Williams, M, 'MRelay', MPavilion.
Drawing the marathon MRelay day-long discussion event to an end, Utopia explores an ideal, imaginary state in which society, politics and culture are perfect. It can often be difficult to face the reality of today’s world, where global climate change is leading to rising sea levels, unprecedented environmental destruction, a widening gap between rich and poor, and countless human rights violations. Utopia provides a way to envision a positive future for society.