Adam Clemens

Senior Lecturer in Construction

Department of Property and Construction

Adam Clemens

Please describe yourself and your role in a few sentences?

Hi my name is Adam, I have worked as a senior lecturer for three years now following a 20-year career in construction. My experience allows me to explain what a job in the construction industry really means to students and the wide range of jobs on offer.

What is your area of academic interest?

I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  As the course leader for construction management, I teach a range of subjects, focusing on how to successfully manage construction projects.  My principal interest is design management, which is the key ingredient of a successful project and requires focus at the start of a project.

Please tell us a bit about the teaching that you are involved in?

I teach Construction Site Practice which gives students the awareness and skills to understand the principal issues that need to be resolved to run a construction project site.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a site engineer. I learned to read and interpret drawings accurately and work with the project team to deliver the project.

Where did you work before coming to Westminster?

I spent 20 years working in industry as a project manager. I have been involved with a number of great projects including the British Museum, Glaxo Smithcline’s World Headquarters and the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?

Being the lead Design Project Manager for the new Terminal at Heathrow during the scheme design stage. This was a very prestigious appointment.

Part of a multi-billion pound investment, the terminal is the start of a significant development at Heathrow to ensure the airport has a future for many years. Working for Mace, I managed the design process; supporting the design team to make decisions and meet the strategic programme goals. The basement construction was a major challenge as the Piccadilly tube line tunnels run diagonally across the footprint of the terminal. So a design solution had to be developed with London Underground.

The terminal employs the latest technology to meet strict sustainability criteria. The wave shaped roof has north light windows maximising natural light but minimising solar gain, reducing the use of the lights and building cooling system.

What advice would you give students during their studies and after graduation?

Pursue what interests you as you will get the most from this; construction is great fun as there is a tangible result at the end. Pursue professional accreditation after completing your degree – remember you never stop learning!

What advice would you give students considering studying this subject?

Come to the University of Westminster – we deliver a very relevant and current course.

What are your interests/leisure activities?

I have two young children so a lot of time is taken looking after their needs.  However as they get older they can start to do the things I like which are cycling and hill walking.  I am also a scout leader which means I get the opportunity to teach outdoor skills and have the fun of camping.

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