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Bill Dunster



MA Hons Edin RIBA qual 1984

Following years of research and development into high-density zero fossil fuel urban regeneration, working with a local environmental business charity, the BioRegional Development Group - the BedZED scheme was presented to the Peabody Trust.  In early 1999 the disused water treatment site was purchased from the local authority and both the BedZED project and Bill Dunster architects began. The practice transformed itself into the ‘ZEDfactory’ – synthesising low environmental impact product development, architecture, masterplanning and financial appraisals.


Prior to forming BDa, Bill worked for Michael Hopkins and Partners for over 14 years specialising in low energy and sustainable development. Nottingham University New Campus was the final project Bill completed as a senior associate for MHP.  As project architect in charge, he took the scheme from the initial competition bid through to completion. Opened in December 1999 by the Queen the campus has since been awarded the RIBA Stirling Sustainability Award 2001.  Before Nottingham, Bill developed the environmental strategy and detailed façade design for Portcullis House collaborating with the leading environmental consultants in Europe, including Arups. Bill has also taught at the Architectural Association and Kingston University and spoken at many seminars and conferences worldwide.


In 1995 Bill Dunster built his own house, Hope House with his wife Sue, which is a prototype low energy live/work unit in which he and his family live, and from where the office operated before moving to BedZED. BedZed has won a range of awards ranging from the Austrian Energy Globe Award presented by Mikhail Gorbachev, the German Eurosolar Award through to an RIBA Housing Design Award and was shortlisted for the RIBA’s Stirling Prize for architecture in 2003, where it won the Sustainability Award.


Bill spends much of his time launching the concept of ZEDquarters – an urban regeneration concept for both new and existing communities interested in leading a one planet life and work style.


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