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Expert in Architectural Design, Architectural Construction and Detailing

Expert ID: 728155 United Kingdom

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Expert has 20 years of architectural experience working on a wide range of building types. These include art projects, underground railways, masterplanning of large scale retail and hotel projects through to bespoke residential projects, refurbishment and fit-out works in the UK, Europe the Middle East and China.

His method of working is dependent on the careful analysis of his brief resulting in a thorough appreciation of the potential of any given site and project. This methodology allows the development of a strategic approach to design often resulting in innovative, original, yet practical design solutions. Of course imagination plays an important role here. Achieving elegant aesthetic and technical beauty in architecture is a strong motivating factor in his work. He has led renowned consultant teams on high profile projects and has enjoyed success as a participant in international architectural design competitions.

Currently Expert runs his own architectural practice working on a range of building types. The practice specialises in leisure and hotel and interior design, and has developed considerable expertise in the intervention of contemporary architecture in heritage situations. The practice has a long-running dedication to the exploration of experimental architecture and construction technology.

Expert has taught and lectured about Architecture at a number of leading universities in the UK and Australia. This experience has given him the ability to assess a design or construction problem from a global perspective, quickly progressing to an incisive interrogation of the key issues. He does this with the view of helping to move the project forward or otherwise resolving the matter at hand.

The application of this methodology enabled the development of the flatpack school house - an earthquake-safe, efficient yet inexpensive building for developing rural communities that can be built virtually anywhere within the tropics. He used the same process to analyse a pipework replacement proposals for a large London residential building. That analysis became the foundation for legal proceedings in the subsequent dispute between the landlord and residents.

The application of Expert's analytical and design skills is equally valid from the masterplan to the smallest construction detail. It is for this reason that his practice is consulted by larger architectural firms that do not have the necessary expertise, as well as international manufacturers, that require incisive analysis, and a creative flair to help move their project forward.

In 2014 he was commissioned by Laufen, a Swiss manufacturer of sanitaryware, to analyse and compare building regulations in Australia, the UK and USA, pertaining to accessible washroom design. This paper went on to form the backbone of Laufen's technical brochure. A further commission resulted in developing a number of model washroom designs that set new aesthetic standards taking accessible washroom design beyond simple compliance with regulations. This work now forms the basis of Laufen's Continuing professional Development (CPD) technical seminar for the UK. The model washrooms will be built in various countries as a showcase for Laufen's products.As a consultant to the Dorset House Tenants Association (DHTA) he advised on the strategic preparation of their case at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT where several million dollars in service charges were being disputed. He advised the DHTA on planning and development control issues, listed building consent processes and issues relating to the installation of pipework, electrical work and external refurbishment work to a listed building. He gave evidence at the LVT in relation to the case in April 2010.His company was retained by a large UK firm of Architects as specialist hotel concept and masterplan designers for a multi billion dollar development on Cape Verde off the west coast of Africa. The brief included simultaneously running a design team within the executive architect's office, and a team in his own practice Linedota Architects. The teams developed separate scheme proposals which were presented to the client in direct competition with each other. Expert was responsible for the design team within his own office who won the competition. The proposals were worked-up by the executive architect with input from Expert's team. The proposals won government development approval in Cape Verde in late 2007 Expert was consulted by a German chemical company in 2014 to advise them on current and emerging technical and design trends in glazing products and systems. This work also encompassed some assessment of current and emerging regulation that might impact upon the subject of interest.

The consultation formed a basis to better understand potential opportunities for the creation of products out of the company's blue sky research programme.Working with various charities he conceived and designed a flatpack schoolhouse for use in rural areas anywhere within the tropics. The building is earthquake safe and carbon negative as well as being fully recyclable. It will take around ten percent of the time to build, and will cost less than a traditional school building in rural Africa. The building can accommodates up to 60 children and is designed to be manufactured and built by local people using locally available materials. Expert has been leading the research team for two years and this process is still ongoing. This has resulted in the construction of full scale structural prototypes at the University of Nottingham. It is hoped that once trials are concluded three hundred of the flatpack school houses will be built in Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa within two years.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2001 Degree: Professional Qualification Subject: Architecture. RIBA Part 3 Institution: Architectural Association
Year: 1995 Degree: DipArch Subject: Architecture. RIBA Part 2 Institution: Bartlett School of Architecture. University College London.
Year: 1992 Degree: BA Hons Subject: Architecture. RIBA Part 1 Institution: Southbank University London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: Expert co-founded this practice to develop experimental architecture as well as work on arts, residential, office and and leisure projects.

His duties include responsibility for: design and technical research, planning (zoning) negotiations, Listed building and conservation area negotiations, technical design, and contract administration.
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: University of Nottingham, Nottingham Title: Studio master (3rd year undergraduate) Department: Department of Architecture and Built Environment Responsibilities: As the design studio master, his responsibilities included:
Writing the brief and planning the years design teaching,
Planning the studio timetable,
Preparing and delivering special lectures,
Arranging specialist guest lecturers,
General design tutoring,
Examination and moderation duties.

This was a part time position.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: University of Greenwich, London. Title: Atelier Master (2nd and 3rd year undergraduate) Department: School of Architecture and Construction Responsibilities: As the Architecture Studio Master, his responsibilities included:
writing the brief and planning the years design teaching,
planning the studio timetable,
preparing and delivering special lectures,
arranging specialist guest lecturers,
general design tutoring,
examination and moderation duties.
He also developed a technical and construction design module taught to 2nd and 3rd years.

This was a part time position.
Years: 1996 to 2000 Employer: Ian Ritchie Architects Title: Project Architect Department: Responsibilities: This was his first professional position after graduating. At the time of leaving he had become the project Architect on the Crystal Palace Development (approx £55M). His responsibilities included: panning negotiations, concept and detail design, and coordinating a team of some 20 consultants. He was personally responsible for designing innovative glazing and cladding packages including the preparation of full written specifications.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1998 to 2000 Agency: London Underground Ltd Role: Architectural design Description: Wood Lane Underground Station and White City transport interchange, London: Concept design of the rebuilding of the station to meet the requirements of the Westfield development.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Agency: Transport Authority, Singapore Role: Architectural design and project team coordinator Description: Singapore Marina Line, Singapore: Led the architecture and civils team in an international competition for Ian Ritchie Architects. Developed outline designs for five new underground stations.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Agency: JLE (Jubilee Line extention delivery agency) Role: Architectural design and on site inspection coordination Description: Bermondsey Underground Station, London: He worked on the detail design of the civils / architectural interfaces, public area fit-out station furniture and equipment items and back of house plant rooms including detail design of architectural fire and safety systems.
Years: 1996 to 1997 Agency: London Borough of Bromley Role: Architectural Design Description: Crystal Palace Park, London: He worked on the concept, research and detail design of an innovative open-air concert platform made from Cor-ten steel that using ship-building technology.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2012 to 2013 Country / Region: Germany and worldwide. Summary: Expert edited the English language blog for Detail, an international architecture, arts and design magazine. The blog quickly grew to around 60,000 followers world wide, and developed an enviable reputation for its well written, incisive critique as well as its insightful observations on directions in architecture, design and the arts.
Years: 2007 to Present Country / Region: Uganda, Africa Summary: He is leading the project to develop a universal earthquake-safe flatpack school house design. The project is currently in trials in the UK, but when it is completed it is hoped the schoolhouse will be locally mass produced for use in rural areas in any developing country within the tropics. The project is in association with several American and UK universities, NGOs and UK charities.
Years: 2007 to 2008 Country / Region: Cape Verde, Africa Summary: Consulting for a large firm of architects his led a team within his practice on the development of a multi billion dollar masterplan for a resort, hotels, spa, housing and infrastructure planning on the island of Cape Verde.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Country / Region: Hong Kong S.A.R. and China Summary: He has led the development of a small number of retail design concepts in Hong Kong and China. The designs perfume boutiques and female clothing have subsequently been rolled-out across the Pearl Delta Region and beyond.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Country / Region: Queensland, Australia Summary: Expert was invited as a visiting Fellow to Bond University On the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.
The university had recently established a school of architecture, he was invited to teach one of its first graduating classes to ensure it understood, and was working to the highest international standards. H also gave a public lecture and a series of course lectures on Architecture design, and building technology. The final task was to perform some staff training duties, and to assist in identifying new staff to teach architecture at the university.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects: (RIBA).

Licenses / Certifications
Registered with the Architects Registration Board.
Professional Appointments
He is an assessor to The Civic Trust Award, and for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). He sits on the Property and Construction Committee, and the LCCI Economic Panel for The Bank of England.

Publications and Patents Summary
He is a regular contributor to the international architecture magazine DETAIL reviewing architecture, books and exhibitions, and has co-authored papers presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 2009 on architectural prototype development and the American Society For Engineering Education Annual meeting 2009. (ASEE) USA on Photo-realistic rendering to support a community development project.

He organised and co-curated the Yoshiwara Constructs of Place architecture exhibition in 2005.

Whilst at Ian Ritchie Architects his work was featured in the
Architecture Foundation's Living In the City: exhibition and book in 2000, and the Living Bridges exhibition and book produced and held at the Royal Academy of Arts London, 1996.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He appeared as a witness for the Dorset House Tenants Association (DHTA) at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) in London. The hearing between Bellnorth Limited and members of the DHTA largely revolved around his evidence given during earlier statutory consultations. However as a resident within the building that was being discussed he could not be called as an Expert Witness despite his evidence being of a highly technical nature. The hearing, one of the largest of its kind at the LVT, disputed service charges in the region of GBP £3.5 - £4M. Matters considered primarily related to the setting, planning and execution of pipework replacement works to a listed building, and statutory consultation procedures within the national and local planning policy context. Around £1.2m of service charges have so far been recovered or conceded by the landlord. The case is awaiting a formal judgement on the remaining amounts. A decision is expected in late summer 2010.
Training / Seminars
As a teacher of architecture he has developed and delivered a wide range of lectures and seminars on the subject of architectural design, construction technology and fabrication techniques. He has also organised and co-curated a joint exhibition of student and tutor work exploring urban design, hotel design and sociological aspects of architecture. He is a regular guest critic at the University of Nottingham School of Architecture.
Vendor Selection
Expert has wide experience in preparing and organising tenders for construction projects small and large. His experience includes evaluating tender returns and administering construction contracts. He has prepared and tendered many contracts such as the supply and installation of glazing and cladding systems and other discrete work packages to full construction projects of varying scales including hotel and other refurbishment projects. He also regularly advises clients on the appointment of other technical consultants and specialist sub-contractors.
Marketing Experience
He has prepared articles published by the London Chamber of Commerce International on environmental and sustainable construction and property matters aimed at company directors and the broader membership. He has also written pieces for several architectural publications on environmental awareness and sustainability in architecture, building construction and product manufacture.
Other Relevant Experience
He has considerable experience of the UK planning and development control process, including the appeals procedure. Often this has involved contemporary design in heritage contexts. He is also an experienced architectural innovator in design, including the use of emerging 3D software technologies, and of construction and technical detailing, particularly where that involves the use of contemporary or innovative construction methods.

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