Prof. Craig Lee Martin

Professor of Architecture

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Harris Building, HB118

+44 (0) 1772 89 3956

Subject Areas: Architecture

Professor Craig Lee Martin began his passion for urban sustainability at Manchester School of Architecture. As Head of Technology at Manchester his primary aim was to increase the School’s architectural awareness of climate change at all scales of design enquiry. As an international specialist in urban bioclimatic design, Craig later joined the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft. Working jointly at TU Delft and the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture Craig is now eager to share his networks and knowledge of co-creative stakeholder initiatives to forge wider European partnerships and commitments to zero energy cities.


Full Profile

Professor Craig Martin’s research and educational interests have primarily focussed on the advancement and synthesis of urban design, technology and sustainability at all scales. For approaching two decades Craig has continued to demonstrate these capabilities with innovation and a holistic overview in the field. Craig has taught at all levels of architectural academia. Subsequent publications have contributed to sustainable cities and public realm environmental interventions.

City-zen ‘Roadshow’ (FP7 Funded Project – EC Example of ‘Best Practice’)

Craig leads the City-zen ‘Roadshow’, a highly impactful urban component that collaborates with 10 cities on smart design ‘Live Lab’ solutions. Recently described by the European Policy Commission as “Remarkable” for its method and societal contribution. Craig was an early contributor to the bid proposal in 2012 being a member of the European Network for Sustainable Regions (ENSR) Network. ENSR is an academic group comprising Professors/sustainability experts from TU Delft, Queens University Belfast, University of Siena and Belgium (VITO). The overall City-Zen bid was awarded around 20 million EUR over a 5-year period to promote smart solutions across Europe.

PhD & 173rd Dies Natalis (2015) - Prestigious and Honorary event (TU Delft)

In 2006 Craig was the first to be awarded a Doctoral qualification at Manchester School of Architecture (MSA). The PhD focused on the development and generation of sustainable communities within post-industrial cities. A thesis that moved toward a creative and spatially efficient self-perpetuating city development methodology. This advancement on sustainable urbanistic thinking became greatly received by both the scientific and architectural design community, contributing to Craig’s international reputation and authority in sustainable urbanism. This on-going work was selected by the Die Natalis organisation committee to be presented at the highly prestigious 173rd Dies Natalis 2015 (TUD foundation day celebrations), to an audience of globally respected pioneers of ‘smart city’ thinking including Anthony Townsend, author of ‘Smart Cities’.

Education Innovation - Sustainable Workshops Architecture & Technology (SWAT)

Craig’s leadership skills in the field of sustainable urban education have continued to gain international strength and networks. Having developed techniques and methodologies for research linked ‘intensive’ educational urban design workshops for over 17 years, more recently in the development of TU Delft’ SWAT Studio. Craig’s urban creativity in ‘on-site’ sustainable design studio solutions has become a point of departure for research. Craig’s initiative to integrate this student programme into the FP7 City-zen ‘Roadshow’, created a highly mutually beneficial partnership in collaborative education and research. The unique character of the studio methodology is in its manner of engagement with institutions and city stakeholders. SWAT ‘intensive’ workshops have been successfully completed over the last 3-years in Florence, Sarajevo, Amsterdam, Hanoi, Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik, Menorca and Sevilla, and soon to be Roeselare (Belgium) and Klaipeda (Lithuania). All of which have strategically widened academic network and that of the hosting cities. Recognition of SWAT studios research linked innovation and success has led to Craig’s involvement with the Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS – Amsterdam) Institute educational advisory committee.

The Solar Decathlon (2014) – TU Delft

Organizational, communication and motivational skills have all been developed and tested to a high level on the world stage throughout Craig’s leadership of TU Delft’s successful 2-year campaign to build an award winning entry in the Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is the largest student competition in the world, where 20 selected institutions from all corners of the globe construct a sustainable house in 10 days to compete against each other in 10 contests over a 2-week period. TUD’s entry, ‘Home-with-a-Skin’, was to revolutionize the competition by being the first to submit a holistic retrofit design within an existing urban context. The project was to win 5 awards, winning outright the coveted ‘Sustainability Contest Award’ and the ‘Communication & Social Awareness Award’.

The ‘Home-with-a-Skin’ broke bravely with convention and tradition. Under Craig’s guidance TUD students would propose and construct an implementable and economically attainable solution with post-competition societal impact. All without any compromise on innovation, creativity and efficiency. A strategy that allowed engagement with a wider audience, not only the 250,000 people who visited the event in Versailles Paris, but also the 1.4 million Dutch householders who live in the same row house typology. The Dutch government concurred and selected the ‘Home-with-a-Skin’ as exemplar project in their ‘Energie Sprong’ (Energy Leap) initiative to investigate and promote energy solutions without energy bills for homes. The impact of the ‘Home-with-a-skin’ is still globally felt with over 400 publications, articles and coach tours visiting the house that has now been reconstructed on the TUD Green Village campus.

Research Summary:

  • World-class papers delivered at high-ranking sustainability, architecture and technology conferences.
  • Shortlisted for Best Paper at PLEA Singapore 2007.
  • Demonstrated societal ‘impact’ with City-zen ‘Roadshow’ (FP7 Funded project) onsite intensive event model to co-create with citizens a ‘City Vision’. The Roadshow now a European Commission example of ‘Best Practice’.
  • Significant external income from FP7, member of City-zen proposal team (20 million EUR +)
  • Conference Speaker at Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) ‘Empowering smart solutions for better cities 2017’ Conference, Budapest.
  • Invited speaker at the Prestigious 173rd Dies Natalis 2015 (TUD foundation day celebrations).
  • European Union Sustainability Energy Week (EUSEW) Invited Conference panellist and speaker.
  • Invited speaker at Bout TU Delft – INTL Conference 2017.
  • Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (SASBE) Evaluation committee (2009 +).

Innovation & Enterprise (Summary):

  • Acquired financial support during TU Delfts Solar Decathlon entry into the Solar Decathlon 2014 (Total Budget: 750,000 EUR +).
  • Contributing member of the successful bidding team for the 20 million EUR funded City-zen project (EC FP7).
  • Significantly contributed to economic, social, community development and stakeholder engagement projects in Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik and Menorca.
  • Leadership contribution to the success of the ‘Home-with-a-skin’ project at the 2014 Solar Decathlon competition, whose innovative concept was to renovate a typical row house, has made significant impact in The Netherlands. Its economically viable, community orientated concept being disseminated globally.


  • Awarded ‘The Bradshaw Gass Trust’ Academic PhD Scholarship in association with the Manchester Society of Architects (2001).
  • Solar Decathlon Awards (2014). Winner of 5 awards, winning outright the ‘Sustainability Contest’ and the Communication & Social Awareness’ award.
  • Awarded The City of Dubrovnik & DURA (Dubrovnik Development Agency) ‘Contribution Award’ (2017). An award given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the sustainable development of the City.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Hons), The University of Manchester (1995)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Manchester School of Architecture (1998)
  • M.A. (Urbanism + Architecture) by Research (2000)
  • Ph.D. Manchester School of Architecture - Funded by The Bradshaw Trust Scholarship (1998)


2016 Dobbelsteen, A.v.d. & Martin, C.L. ‘Smart & Bioclimatic Design for Energy Renovations of Buildings – The case of the Prêt-à-Loger house’ In the ‘Green Building Handbook’ Vol 10.

2017 Martin, C.L., Dobbelsteen, A.v.d. and Keeffe, G., ‘The Societal Impact Methodology – Connecting Citizens, Sustainability Awareness, Technological Interventions & Co-creative City Visions’. International Conference on Passive and Low Energy 03-05 July, PLEA Edinburgh. Vol II, pp.2791-2798 (ISBN 978-0-9928957-5-4)

2017 Dobbelsteen, A.v.d., Martin, C.L., and Keeffe, G. ‘Zero-Energy Me – The Struggle for Individual Energy Neutrality’. International Conference on Passive and Low Energy 03-05 July, PLEA Edinburgh.

2017 Dobbelsteen, Martin, C.L., Keeffe, G., A.v.d., Vandevyvere, H. and Pulselli, R. ‘From Problems to Potentials - The Urban Energy Transition of Gruž, Dubrovnik’ The 12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Conference, to be held in in 04-08 Oct, Dubrovnik.