I am a chartered architect, having completed my RIBA part 3 qualification in 1987. I started my career in private practise with Fairhursts in Manchester between 1986 and 1989 as a junior architect.
A move to the city of Bradford MDC enabled me to take on considerably more responsibility, taking sole responsibility for multi-million pound contracts. I spent some time as quality assurance manager, drafting and consulting on our office procedures, auditing to ensure compliance etc, and saw the office successfully through the certification visit at our first attempt.
In 1996, I was promoted to group leader architect, managing a team of eight architects and architectural technologists. In 1998, I was responsible for planning and managing the process, within a ten week period, of producing 135 feasibility studies relating to the reorganisation of Bradford’s schools.
I took up the post of head of faculty projects at the University of Southampton in 2002, managing the team involved in smaller capital works for the faculties, liaising with the maintenance team and managing the delivery of approximately £5 million of works per year.
I came into education in 2005, specialising in sustainability, which has been a passion for most of my career, and the practicalities of construction technology and construction detailing to UK building standards and regulations. My published outputs are primarily related to the student experience and learning and teaching issues, rather than construction.