Nick Baker,

Course Tutor, , AA Graduate School

Professional qualifications

BSc, PhD, MA

Research Interest

My current interest has focused on human behaviour in relation to buildings and the surroundings. I am working on a book with Koen Steemers on health and well-being in housing. I am contributing a chapter on "Designing for access to Nature" as well as chapters on heating, ventilation, lighting and acoustics with particular reference to health.


Nick Baker originally studied physics and after a brief period in medical physics, has spent most of his professional life working in architecture and building. His interests have included, energy modelling, daylight design, natural ventilation and thermal comfort, as well as the broader field of sustainable design. He has written and contributed to several books on these topics, including a book on Sustainable Refurbishment partly based on material from a recent EU funded demonstration project, where he served on the expert panel. More recently he has become interested in the way occupants interact with buildings and their surroundings, and in particular, the way their behaviour influences energy use. For much of his career he was a lecturer at Cambridge University Department of Architecture. He is now retired but is still involved as a visiting lecturer and external examiner at several universities.


2009, Nick V Baker, The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment, Earthscan
A technical handbook drawing on material from the EU REVIVAL Sustainable Refurbishment demonstration project, applied to non-domestic buildings. Part 1, Principles and strategies, Part 2 Technical practice, and Part 3, Case Studies and monitoring.

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