School of Architecture
Senior University Teacher
I joined Sheffield School of Architecture in 2012 and I am currently Director of the Undergraduate Programme and Head of Year 3.
Since achieving the RIBA Part 3 qualification in 2000, I have been continuously involved in both architectural practice and education. I have a wide variety of experience in practice, in Scotland and in London, at Foster + Partners, Mark Guard Architects and Michael Laird Architects.
I was Head of Year 2 at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow for 5 years, and have taught part-time at Strathclyde University and the University of Nottingham.
Additionally, I have contributed to both undergraduate and masters programmes at The Bartlett UCL, Brighton University, Sheffield Hallam University, the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing and the University of Illinois in Chicago.
- Teaching activities
I have responsibilities for an overview of the Undergraduate Course in Architecture, Architecture and Landscape and Architecture and Engineering. I also run the Year 3 Studio Course.
The Third Year Studio Course is comprised of two main projects designed to provoke and to challenge, whilst steadily raising the level of complexity. The studio is structured to engender investment in the design process and consequentially a greater confidence in decision making.
The primary driver for this is an extended experimentation with drawing methods and a heightened emphasis on the exploration of design ideas through rigorous testing in drawing and model making. This objective is supported through the critical analysis of design proposals in a Digital Review format, intended to cultivate a relaxed group discussion of ideas within the studio.
In 2013 I began the SSoA Summer School Programme ‘Making Cities’ with Year 2 Director Cith Skelcher. The programme featured workshops, tours, events and a series of high profile guest contributors.
I have mentored Live Projects with groups of MArch and PGT students. Live LGBT was the first project of its kind to incorporate Sheffield’s LGBT community. The Pavilion of Protest project achieved national press recognition and culminated in an exhibition at the RIBA’s Floral Hall at Portland Place.
I also run a representational skills module in Year 2 which explores complex forms of drawing and model making in addition to a focus on the use of websites within the architectural profession to present design ideas.
- Professional activities
I am a trustee of Sheffield Civic Trust, Vice Chair of Sheffield Society of Architects and a founder member of the Yorkshire branch of the 20th Century Society.
I was involved in the relaunch of The New Glasgow Society - an urban design pressure group set up in 1965 to contest the large scale replanning of the city and to champion good modern architecture. I was chairman of the Society 2008-09.