Oriel Prizeman

MA Cantab AA dipl Ph.D Cantab

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Sustainable Building Conservation:

Theory and Practice of Responsive Design in the Heritage Environment

© 2015 – RIBA publishing

“This book illustrates the dilemma between ‘do nothing’ and ‘do everything possible’, with telling lessons in how great architecture from the past was designed to work with rather than fight the environment, and how well-informed sensitivity can both protect and enhance our most precious built heritage.”
Robert Franklin, RIBA SCA

“A compendium of top notch theoretical and practical expertise on the inherent sustainability of existing buildings, and an ideal companion to British Standard 7913 on historic building conservation. This is an impressive and important rallying call for architects to take pride in their role as guardians of our built heritage.”
Dr Sean O’Reilly, Director, The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

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Philanthropy and Light:

Carnegie Libraries and the Advent of Transatlantic Standards for Public Space

© 2012 — Routledge

‘Prizeman’s examination of environmental performance as a way to analyse the social and political meaning and function of this new building typology lends new insight into the significance of Carnegie’s program and his buildings and will serve as a model for future studies of this type’
Kenneth Breisch University of Southern California 3.6.13 The American Historical Review (2013) 118 (3): 821. DOI:10.1093/ahr/118.3.821

‘This book was a genuine inspiration for some recent work, a history which can be read as a contemporary critique and prompt.’
Liza Fior, muf architecture/art LLP, UK

‘Philanthropy and Light is an excellent piece of scholarship which offers instruction and insight to a number of disciplines of which library history is but one. This work provides much of interest to the cultural historian, the sociologist, the industrial historian and, of course, to the architect. Prizeman is to be congratulated for an excellent and distinctive addition to the corpus of literature on Carnegie and for bringing to the attention of the library world an area that is possibly not fully understood or appreciated by those working the sector.’
Peter Reid, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Library & Information History, Vol. 30 No. 2, May 2014, 129–42

‘Oriel Prizeman’s scholarship is impressive. Research libraries will want to acquire this work. Economic Historians, Sociologists and Librarians will all profit from the novel and fruitful insights in Philanthropy and Light’
R.L Cope NSW Parliamentary Librarian, 1962–1991. Visiting associate in the School of Information, Library and Archives Studies, University of New South Wales Australian Library Journal V.62, Issue 3, 2013 DOI:10.1080/00049670.2013.811776

‘Philanthropy and Light endeavors something no other study of turn-of-the century library architecture has attempted: to relate lighting (the topic of so many dry technological tomes of the period) to the complicated social dynamics of this important building type and to do so by examining Carnegie libraries in both the United States and England. … In the end, Prizeman challenges long-held assumptions about Carnegie libraries by arguing that their environmental performance was more significant than their function as libraries.’
Abigail A. Van Slyck, Author of Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and American Culture, 1890-1920. Dayton Professor of Art History, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Connecticut College, USA

‘Philanthropy and Light combines architectural, social and cultural history and the analytical tools of building science to offer unique insights into the part played by Carnegie’s philanthropy in bringing enlightenment and significant works of architecture to the urban populations of Britain and America.’
Dean Hawkes, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, UK