Paul F. Downton
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Academic and professional background
Downton is a graduate from the University of Wales and his doctorate is in environmental studies from the University of Adelaide. His academic background includes over 25 years teaching architecture in the UK, US, Jordan and Australia.
He has been Principal Architect and Director of Ecopolis Architects in Adelaide since 1990, specialising exclusively in ecological architecture and bio-urban design.
Community and NGO work
Downton was the founder of the first Australian community organisation focussed on climate change in 1989, the now-defunct Greenhouse Association of SA.
In 1991, he became the founding convener of Urban Ecology Australia, a not-for-profit group advocating the rapid development of ecological cities as an essential part of fighting accelerated climate change and ecological collapse.
He is on the Board of Advisors of Ecocity Builders, an NGO founded by Richard Register based in Berkeley.
In 2008, Dr Downton was a South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year for his years of commitment to the advocacy of sustainable urban ecological development in the non-profit sector.
Awards Dr Downton has received for his work include:
- National Winner, Christie Walk Ecocity Project – Inner-city sustainable housing development, ENERGY GLOBE Award 2008, ENERGY GLOBE Award
- Silver Prize, Christie Walk EcoCity Project, Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards for promotion and practical demonstration of socially-equitable and sustainable city living. Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development, Japan.
- Finalist, Christie Walk EcoCity Project, World Habitat Award 2005, Building & Social Housing Foundation/UN-HABITAT, UK.