Chris Butters

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Academic interests

  • Sustainable design
  • Architecture and cities
  • Ecology
  • Energy
  • Development
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Life Cycle Analysis


  • B.A. in Literature (Stellenbosch)
  • Masters in Architecture DPLG (Montpellier)
  • Diploma in Energy Planning (Oslo)

Chris Butters has worked with architecture, energy, ecology and sustainable planning for 35 years, as practising architect, author, lecturer and international consultant. He is the author or co-author of ten books. Formerly director of Norwegian Architects for Sustainable Development and senior consultant at the Ideas Bank Foundation, more recently Chris has been researcher at Warwick University, UK. He has been guest professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and at St. Johns University, Minnesota, USA. He leads a postgraduate program on Energy and Sustainable Development at the Centre for Development and the Environment,  University of Oslo. Chris worked for 10 years in Bhutan as architect and project coordinator for schools and a hospital, as well as doing Tibetological research. He has worked in countries including France, Norway, UK and Bhutan and is a co-founder of the GAIA group in Norway (1982) and GAIA International (1992), a pioneering network for sustainable building and “deep green” solutions. He is also the creator of the widely used evaluation tool, the Sustainability Value Map.



2017      Cheshmehzangi, A and Chris Butters (eds.): Designing Cooler Cities: Energy, Cooling and Urban Form: The Asian Perspective. (Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies)

2012       M. Grupp, M. Balmer, C. Butters, J. Cieslok, A. Fainsilber, G. Schröder. Time to Shine: Practical Applications of Solar Energy Technology. Synopsis Institute, Lodeve, France. Wiley, New York.

2012      Chris Butters (ed.) NORDIC - Success Stories in Sustainability. Ideas Bank Foundation, Oslo.

2012      Butters C. and Bente Nuth Leland: Fra passivhus til sunne hus. Arkitektur, miljø og helhet. GAIA Agenda Forlag, Oslo.

2011      C. Butters, M. Nakkerud, O. Slåtten (eds.) : Signals: Local action – Success Stories in Sustainability. Stiftelsen Idebanken (The Ideas Bank Foundation), Oslo.


2016      Butters, C. and Cheshmehzangi, A. Chinese Urban Residential Blocks Towards Improved Environmental and Living Qualities , Urban Development International.

2016      Butters, C.  District Cooling. Solutions for Energy, Emissions and Urban Heat Island in Hot Climate Cities. ELITH Research Program, Warwick University School of Engineering, UK,

2016      Butters, C. and Thomas, T.H. Comparing the Carbon Footprint of Individual Buildings to That of the Site Works. ELITH Research Program, Warwick University School of Engineering, UK,

2015     Cheshmehzangi A, Butters C. Urban Green Infrastructures (brochure versions in English, Chinese and Thai), UNNC / ELITH program, Ningbo, China..

2015      Cheshmehzangi A, and Butters, C. Sustainable Living and Urban Density: the Choices are Wide Open. Low-carbon Cities and Urban Energy systems, Applied Energy, CUE2015, Fuzhou, China, Energy Procedia 88 (2016) 63 – 70. Elsevier/Science Direct.



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