Dr Matthew Fox

Dr Matthew Fox

Lecturer CobBauge

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Matthew is a lecturer and researcher in sustainable architecture at the University of Plymouth. Joining in 2012 to undertake a PhD, Matthew has developed a wealth of expertise in cob construction, thermal imaging and transient in-situ thermal analysis.

Some of Matthew’s research projects have included participating in the eViz project, undertaking thermal imaging inspections of over 300 homes in the south west to understand how residents could be motivated to undertake home improvements, monitoring the effects of hospital ward temperatures on patient health and recovery, and more recently Matthew has been working to develop a new, more thermally efficient form of cob (earth) construction through the European Interreg funded CobBauge project. 

Alongside his academic work, Matthew also works as a practicing architect. Specialising in sustainable architecture using natural building materials. A recent project is the completion of the UK's first CobBauge building on the campus of the University of Plymouth. This building has put into practice the research developed during the Interreg CobBauge project and paves the way for future CobBauge buildings. 


BA (Hons), Dip Arch, MSc, PhD

Professional membership

ARB, the Architects Registration Board

BINDT the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing - Category 2 Thermographer

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Teaching interests

Building Performance Evaluation (BPE). In particular thermal imaging and in-situ methods of thermal measurement.

Natural Building materials. Especially timber and earth construction.

Low energy sustainable architecture.



Research interests

Thermography, Architecture, Building Performance Evaluation, Environmental building design, CobBauge project.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


Goodhew, S., Carfrae, J., Hood-Cree, K., Fox, M., Boutouil, M., & Streiff, F. (2019). Building with earth: How we are working to revive an ancient, sustainable building technique. Construction Research and Innovation, 10(4), pp. 105-108. doi:10.1080/20450249.2019.1700077 Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/20450249.2019.1700077

Lunt PH, Fuller K, Fox M, Goodhew S & Murphy TR (2022) 'Comparing the thermal conductivity of three artificial soils under differing moisture and density conditions for use in green infrastructure' Soil Use and Management , DOI Open access
Fox M & Murphy T (2022) 'Understanding the thermal benefits of retrofitting ‘living walls’ to existing buildings' Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering 175, (2) 53-53 , DOI
Fox M, Morewood J, Murphy T, Lunt P & Goodhew S (2021) 'Living wall systems for improved thermal performance of existing buildings' Building and Environment 207, , DOI Open access
Goodhew J, Pahl S, King K, Sanders M, Elliott P, Fox M, Boomsma C & Goodhew S (2021) 'Engaging People with Energy Efficiency: A Randomised Controlled Trial Testing the Effects of Thermal Imaging Visuals in a Letter Communication' Sustainability 13, (6) 3543-3543 , DOI Open access
Goodhew S, Boutouil M, Streiff F, Le Guern M, Carfrae J & Fox M (2021) 'Improving the thermal performance of earthen walls to satisfy current building regulations' Energy and Buildings 240, , DOI Open access
Goodhew S, Carfrae J, Hood-Cree K, Fox M, Boutouil M & Streiff F (2019) 'Building with earth: How we are working to revive an ancient, sustainable building technique' Construction Research and Innovation 10, (4) 105-108 , DOI Open access
Goodhew S, Duthie J, Shirreff H, Riddlestone P, Metcalfe J, Latour J & Fox M (2019) 'Hospital Ward Temperatures Related to Hypothermic Risk in Orthopaedic Patients' Building Research and Information: the international journal of research, development and demonstration , DOI Open access
Fox M, Goodhew S & De Wilde P (2016) 'Building defect detection: External versus internal thermography' Building and Environment 105, 317-331 , DOI Open access
Fox M, Coley D, Goodhew S & De Wilde P (2015) 'Time-lapse thermography for building defect detection' Energy and Buildings 92, 95-106 , DOI Open access
Fox M, Coley D, Goodhew S & de Wilde P (2014) 'Thermography methodologies for detecting energy related building defects' Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 40, 296-310 , DOI Open access
Conference Papers

Goodhew, S., Carfrae, J., Strieff, F., Boutouil, M., Owen, K., & Fox, M. (2019) The development of an insulating structural cob composite wall. . Paper presented at the Earth USA 2019. The 10th International Conference on Earthen Architecture & Construction, Santa Fe, New mexico, USA.

Fox M, Le Guern M, Carfrae J, Touati K, Strieff F, Boutouil M & Goodhew S (2022) 'An investigation into the potential use of TDR measurement systems to accurately assess the moisture content at the centre of completed earth walls' Terra 2022 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage 6-/-0/20226-/-0/2022Open access
Goodhew S, Carfrae J & Fox M (2020) 'CobBauge -A hybrid walling technique combining mechanical and thermal performance' LEHM 2020 0-/-1/20201-/-1/2020Open access
Garmston H, Fox M, Pan W & De Wilde P (2013) 'Multi-storey building retrofit with a focus on the Façade selection process: A UK commercial office case study' 81-90
Fox M, Coley D, De Wilde P & Goodhew SMR (2012) 'COMPARING TRANSIENT SIMULATION WITH THERMOGRAPHY TIME SERIES' First Building Simulation and Optimization Conference Loughborough 9-/-0/2012Open access
Presentations and posters
Fox M, Goodhew J, Boomsma C, Goodhew S & Pahl S Fox M, Goodhew J, Boomsma C, Goodhew S & Pahl S 'Lessons on visual feedback from the eViz Project: The evidence for using thermal images as a visual intervention' Open access