Prof. Sandy (Sandra) Halliday BSc(Hons) MPhil CEng MCIBSE FRSA

Principal, Gaia Research

Sandy is a chartered engineer. She has worked in environmental building research, training, policy guidance and as a project advisor for local and national government and private sector clients for over 25 years. She founded Gaia Research in 1996 to develop sustainable solutions for the built environment. She is increasingly involved in assisting clients and their design teams to achieve affordable, healthy, resource efficient and benign buildings and places.

Gaia Research is part of the Gaia Group network, which also comprises Gaia Architects in Edinburgh, Gaia Planning, Gaia ALDAS and Gaia Group Norway. The collaborative working between architectural, engineering, urban design and landscape practices reflects the nature of the construction industry's requirements in responding to the challenge of sustainable construction. Gaia Research is a member of Gaia International - a federation of building and urban design practices in Europe who regularly share information on best practice.

Sandy's first degree in Engineering Design & Appropriate Technology focussed on socially and environmentally responsible engineering. From her early involvement with the built environment she identified the need for design and place making to respond to environmental criteria and to meet community needs & aspirations for sustainable development. She initially worked in building services as a research manager developing UK policy & disseminating information on passive design, resource efficient & clean technologies and benign construction processes, products & materials. Her work now extends to research, policy guidance and brief development for government and private sector clients, community consultation, inter-disciplinary education and the development of interdisciplinary tools to support design and delivery. She has developed her experience at the front line of sustainable building into a training programme and was a member of the delivery team for the CABE Urban Design Summer Schools. She has published extensively including the Green Guide to the Architect’s Job Book and Sustainable Construction.

As a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), RIBA/ARB Validation Advisory Panel and an Affiliate of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) she has been able to bridge the gap between architecture and engineering in particular in process issues, passive design and building physics. She conceived and developed an accreditation scheme for sustainable design – the first such scheme in the world – which is administered by the RIAS. She was appointed Professor of Engineering Design for Sustainable Development at Strathclyde University by the Royal Academy of Engineering to assist in embedding sustainable design in engineering education. She worked with the Departments of Architecture and of Engineering promoting interdisciplinary design. Her recommendation to develop a Professorial scheme to promote building physics was taken forward by the Academy.

Sandy is involved in ecological and environmental charities as a sponsor of Scientist for Global Responsibility(SGR), a past-Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) a Director of the Children's Parliament, a Board member of Forward Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.