My work has addressed the major movements in Western architecture of the last 25 years and led me to challenge publicly the shibboleths surrounding both urbanism and modern architecture in its globalized form. Early experience in high-rise corporate office buildings in the United States with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and large scale urban regeneration and redevelopment programmes with O.M.Ungers in Europe led to competition wins which facilitated the establishment of my independent consultancies. I have retained a firm belief in and commitment to affirming, a close relationship between practice and academia.
I have practiced as an architect since 1982 and took my first teaching job at University College London in 1983. I have established a number of influential and iconoclast design groups including Fashion Architecture and Taste (FAT), 'Alphaville', 'Big Open Box' and most recently 'Field Ltd’ which explicitly perused this relationship. I am a champion of studio based design research specifically aligned to post–graduate studio production and to a strong REF research base, in order to offer an alternative to traditional academic categories of research, most particularly in theMArch part 2 and MSc in Urban Design. Studio research undertaken at the Architectural Association, London, allying brand analysis, demography and contemporary urban practice, facilitated the development of new urban models which I applied to a number of large-scale, commercially driven, master planning projects in Europe and the Middle East.
Publications funded through research at the University of Westminster, the Royal College of Art and The University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury, established my reputation for urban, anthropological and market analysis. I continue to provide urban, demographic and branding consultancy to a number of major companies in the UK, the EU, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, working within, and building on, their commercial objectives. I have held committee positions at the RIBA and the ARB and senior management posts in education (Academic Lead UCLan) and in commercial practice (Design Directorship ECHO International).
I am an enthusiastic member of SCHOSA and current member of the RIBA North West education group. I have represented the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Know How Fund as adviser to the Technical University Bratislava on its application for R.I.B.A. professional recognition and was a member of the RIBA’s Education Committee and Competition committee as well as external examiner (part 1 exemption) for the Architects Registration Board.
Willing to travel: 50 miles
30 years experience at university level in the UK and abroad.