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Innovative materials and processes, Architectural Technology, Sustainable Materials, Structures, Structure and Architecture. Form and Structure, 20 and 21st Century Structure and Architecture, Innovation in Construction, Disruptive Technology

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
A study of the behaviour of post-tensioned brickwork beams
Bachelor of Science, University of Strathclyde
A study of vibrations due to pile driving

Professional Qualifications

Member of Institution of Civil Engineers - Chartered Engineer, MICE. CEng

Area of Expertise

Research expertisestructural engineering, product design, material technology, design for manufacture


How do we make things, buildings, structures, facades, objects?, How does the process of making, the technology that we have or that may evolve influence the way that we think about and use materials? Much of my research and professional activities have been concerned with these questions. Since graduating I have found myself drawn to posts and projects where issues of materials and he design of systems have been explicit or embedded. Working with many different materials and processes in quite different contexts. From my doctorate in developing new forms of brick construction then wotking in research and development in the construction industry with pre-cast concrete, metal systems, building facades, curtain walling and other manufactured components amd systems. On joining the School of Architecture I became interested in the transfer and application of system from the the automotive industry to buildings and recieved a number of grants from the RCUK, Industry and Enterprise Agencies on the development of mechanical clinching. I then became more involved in off-site manufacture and in the development of systems for re-cladding buildings with the Steel Construction Institute.

My interest in masonry led my to the work of the Uruguayn Engineer Eladio Dieste, he created a new language of construction and architecture using traditional brick that was culturally appropriate, sustainable and techniocally sophisiticated. I have research his work extensively, through archival and field study, interview, mdelling and construction study and led to the first english langauge momograph on his work.

The use of flexible textile formworks has been a majpr interest for the last few years. We have been researching new methdos fo construction through full scale prototype construction in our specially developed Architecural research workshop. Throigh an extended series of studios we senior architectural students, many new techniques and systems have been devreloped. Working with the School of Engineering, highly efficient structures for beams, columns and shells have been developed and tested. The span of the work encompasses projects with MArch Students, Masters and PhD as well as some built works. 

Light weight building systems using steel and plywood. Working with Martec Engineering we have developed a new light weight easily assembled and disassembled structural system that uses waste plywood. Recent work has demonstrated the systems out performs existing engineered timber systems.


Research outputs

  1. The Church of San Pedro Durazno (between the rational and the mystical)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. The work of Eladio Dieste and its impact on engineering and architectural education

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Research activities & awards

  1. IASS 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Design for Well-Being – the Southside Challenge

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. The Work of Eladio Dieste and Research in Structural Masonry

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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Latest prizes

  1. CAHSS Award for External Engagement

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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