AoifeHoulihan Wiberg

  • Professor in Architecture, Director of the Architectural Research Group, Lead of Net Zero GHG Emission Research Group - The Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Ulster University

Research interests

  • Net zero GHG emission international definition framework - terms, definitions and international methodological approaches
  • Concepts strategies for net zero GHG emission buildings and neighbourhoods
  • Embodied Carbon Calculation Methodology for materials culminating in the ZEB Tool used to assess performance of the Norwegian ZEB pilot buildings
  • Visualisation and immersive technologies for ZEN for improved stakeholder engagement

UK national representative - IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (2016-2022)  - IEA Annex 72 Assessing Life Cycle Related Environmental Impacts Caused by Buildings -

Norwegian national representative - IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (2011-2016)  - IEA Annex 57 Evaluation of Embodied Energy and CO2 Equivalent Emissions for Building Construction

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Expert Reviewer for the Government and Expert Review of the Second Order Draft (SOD) of the contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and the first drafts of the Summary for Policymakers and the Technical Summary. 


Aoife Houlihan Wiberg is a Professor in Architecture at The Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment at Ulster University.  At the School she is Director of the newly launched Architectural Research Group and Lead of the new Zero GHG Emission Building and Neighbourhood Group.

She studied architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and is a member of the RIBA.  She graduated from the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge with a MPhil Degree in Environmental Design in Architecture and a PhD Degree in Architecture and is a member of Darwin College.

She has worked in practice in the UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia and The Bahamas and has recently returned to the UK after working at The Research Centre for Zero Emission Buildings and The Research Centre for Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

She spent a one year research sabbatical at The Centre for the Built Environment, Centre for Environmental Design Research (CEDR) and The Energy Technologies Area, The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), University of California Berkeley, USA (2017-8). She is an invited member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Research: Infrastructure Sustainability (ERIS) Editor in Chief Professor Arpad Horvath, University of California Berkeley, USA.