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.

Courses taught

ISSSUM4180 - Energy, Environment and Social Change at UiO's International Summer School.

Published Oct. 11, 2017 12:58 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2018 9:25 AM