About me

I am an architect and with a specific research interest in learning environments, I also have an interest in professional practice in architecture. My personal blog site is Re-imagining Spaces for Learning.

I am Course Leader for Professional Practice Architecture, the RIBA Part post-graduate programme.

Before joining the University of Westminster in June 2016, I was an analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in the Directorate for Education and Skills where my work focused on policy advice for governments on the design, procurement and evaluation of learning environments. I also was also the Education directorate lead on the OECD cross-directorate project on the OECD Green Growth Strategy. With a particular interest in higher education policy, I was chair of Education Outlook on Higher Education in Australia: 2009. 

At the OECD I was responsible for several international surveys and policy reviews including:

An OECD survey on learning environments resulting in the publication “Designing for Education: Compendium of exemplary Educational Facilities 2011” which draws examples from 28 countries including Australasia, Latin America, US, Canada and Europe. 

Country policy reviews in Portugal and Mexico on the effectiveness of school building modernisation and renovation programmes

An OECD project on Higher Education Spaces and Places: for learning, innovation and knowledge exchange;

OECD report on “Capital Funding in Educational Facilities: The role of public-private partnerships”. 

Seconded as an analyst to the International Energy Agency (2011), I managed a survey of IEA member and BRICS countries on policies, regulations, and economic incentives on energy efficiency in buildings. My team won the Euro Mediterranean Energy Efficiency Forum innovator award for a database on building energy efficiency policies. 

Earlier career and immediately before joining the OECD, I was a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster (2003 to 2007) where I was teaching on the Professional Practice programme and being the course leader for Architectural Technology; and module leader for Masters the in Design Management.

After architectural practice, I was an assistant editor on the Architects Journal and Managing Editor of Directories at Maxwell Business communications.

Teaching

Since joining the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster as a Senior Lecturer and researcher, I have been co-course leader of the RIBA Part 3 Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, a postgraduate course leading to professional registration, and I also teach on the RIBA Part 2 Graduate Diploma in Architecture.

From 2003 to 2007 I was as Senior Lecturer in both the Department of Property and Construction and the Department of Architecture. I was module leader on Construction Law and Design Management for the MSc Courses on Project Management and Design Management. I was also module leader for the Law module of the Part 3 course.

Research

I have a research interest in learning environments. A key theme of my work is how the physical environment supports the needs of learning, and does this effectively. His work covers all levels of education and includes advising designers, policy makers and educators on how to create physical learning environments to support the needs of education.

I am currently working with the OECD as an external expert on the Learning Environments Evaluation programme where we are developing instruments for evaluating the use of school buildings.

I am also developing a further research programme on the impact of the learning environment and engaging teachers in the use of spaces in schools and universities.

To support the professional practice programme, I am developing a survey of architectural practice to collect data on the changing nature of practice.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.