Chris Twinn is a specialist focusing on where sustainability in built environment goes next. Taking a ‘Total Design’ systemic approach, integrating engineering with building physics, passive and energy design, economics, architecture, planning and policy, he is an acknowledged world leader in his field. Much of his recent work has focused on how sustainability and zero carbon should cost less than business-as-usual, harnessing smaller and simpler solutions on the back of continually questioning technical and institutional norms.
Chris is principal of his practice Twinn Sustainability Innovation - established some five years ago, after 28 years at Arup, latterly as Arup Fellow and director.
He has contributed to many leading edge projects worldwide, including BedZED - London first zero carbon design development back in the 1990s. Various of his current London projects are aiming for 70% better than current building regulations as well as being zero carbon ready, for both commercial and residential building types. He continues to his involvement on projects abroad, among them an urban extension masterplan seeking zero carbon, water autonomy and 10% car usage for 150,000 people in Kigali. He holds positions in various think tanks, thought leadership and design review organisations and has an enthusiasm for supporting younger professionals build their own knowledge of practical sustainability solutions.