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Expert in Architecture, Engineering, Surveying,Construction Technology, Building Design, Professional Practice

Expert ID: 728153 United Kingdom

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Expert Evans is a registered and chartered architect with unusually wide and diverse experience gained during over three decades of architectural practice. In addition to core architectural skills, Expert has developed related expertise in the roles of: construction defects consultant, project-manager, development-controller, technical-auditor, planning-supervisor, party-wall-surveyor, building-surveyor, expert-witness, lecturer and author.

Prior to taking up his present position he worked with leading practices and as principal in his own practice. He has experience of traditional and computer based drawing office procedures, being involved in the introduction of computer aided design systems to three practices and in the implementation of quality control procedures.
He has headed multi-disciplinary teams involved in a wide range of projects, for clients in the private and public sectors. This has included all aspects of development work from inception to hand over of the completed construction covering variously: feasibility studies; negotiating: development agreements, funding and permissions; drafting contracts and managing design and construction. He has also been engaged in the renovation of historic buildings and work in conservation areas involving detailed negotiations for listed building and planning consents.
He is responsible for the development of forensic architecture and construction technology services combining architectural and engineering practice with specialist services in building technology. The work extends to various parts of Europe and Africa. In this role he has directed over 200 technical and forensic investigations gaining a reputation for giving authoritative, reliable advice and the preparation of dependable, compelling evidence.

A related aspect of this work is to assist in the preparation of construction projects and to audit and monitor work during design and construction. Here, familiarity with the predominant causes of failure and dispute is applied to ensuring best practice where it most matters and to lessening the risk of failure by identifying errors as they arise and acting before they become major problems.

Practice Areas include:
Full architectural, engineering and building surveying services from project management and planning to detailed design and contract administration. In addition Expert has formed technical and forensic teams to research and assess compliance with regulations, standards and contracts and to investigate the performance of building components for which he has developed non-invasive and laboratory techniques and procedures. This has been done both in litigation support and to assist building owners and project teams solve problems, correct faults and resolve disputes. The examination of the causes of building failure and design audits to reduce the likelihood of failure in proposed construction, including the computer analysis of the performance of buildings and the identification in advance of risk.
The restoration of historic structures.
Providing guidance and training on construction regulations and standards.
Expert is responsible for the development of construction technology services combining architectural and engineering practice with specialist services in building technology with work extending to various parts of Europe and Africa. In this role he has directed over 300 technical and forensic investigations, the preparation of expert evidence in connection with approaching 200 cases and has personally prepared and presented evidence in connection with over 80 disputes all of which were successfully settled in his clients' favor.


Over cladding to existing tower blocks: Expert devised and implimented the investigation of deterioration of over cladding and reporting on cause and responsibilities therefore. Expert then submitted reports to negotiate local government agreement to the remedies he devised and to obtain insurance payments for the costs involved.New build residential development: Expert investigated and reported on behalf of insurers to help establish liability, in respect of a personal injury claim associated with work practice and scaffold design during construction.Broadgate: Expert advised on the cause of and responsibility for the failure of bespoke illuminated pavings.Renovation of street of Georgian and Victorian terraced dwellings: Expert investigated and reported on performance of project team and advising on recoverability of overspend and on the quality of the work.City Centre warehouse building converted into multi-occupancy residential use: Expert organised and lead a team in the study of deficiencies in acoustic separation and fire compartmentation, the design and implementation of a remedial scheme and preparation of expert evidence for arbitration and mediation on behalf of building owner and employer under the building contract.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: Diploma in Architecture Subject: Architecture Institution: The Architectural Association School of Architecture, Bedford Square, London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Forensic Architecture Construction Technology Surveying Responsibilities: Director of Forensic Architecture Construction Technology Surveying.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: FACTS Title: Managing Director Department: Forensic Architecture Construction Technology Surveying Responsibilities: Director of Forensic Architecture Construction Technology Surveying.
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Hill International Ltd (Knowles Ltd) Title: Executive director of FACT Department: FACT Responsibilities: Director of Forensic Architecture Construction Technology.
Years: 1991 to 2007 Employer: J R Knowles Ltd. Title: Managing Director Department: Knowles Construction Technology Ltd Responsibilities: Managing Director of Knowles Construction Technology Ltd and Executive Director of J R Knowles Ltd.
Years: 1986 to 1991 Employer: Chapman Taylor Partners Title: Project Architect Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1989 to 1990 Employer: Sir Frederick Gibberd Coombes & Ptnrs Title: Senior Project Architect Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1987 to 1989 Employer: Bickerdike Allen Partners Title: Architect and Surveyor Department: Responsibilities: Forensic and technical investigation. Full architectural duties.
Years: 1974 to 1986 Employer: Milton Keynes Development Corporation Title: Development Control & Project Architect Department: Responsibilities: Development Control & Project Architect.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to 2010 Country / Region: France Summary: Expert witness appointed in relation to a €25m dispute arrising out of an alledged breach of warrany in the sale of a trading company due to breaches of environmetal laws and health and safety requirement relating to the quality of welding in the company's products.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Gibraltar Summary: Expert witness appointed in relation to a £20m+ dispute over residential building and design leader for the remedial work.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Africa Summary: Expert directed a team providing commercial direction to local design teams and international investors.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Hungary Summary: Expert was appointed as expert advisor to the contractor responsible for a major hotel development in BudaPest involving American and Hungarian specifications and regional codes and laws.
Years: to Present Country / Region: Poland Summary: Expert lead a forensic team in the investiagtion of the quality of new build commercial and retail centre in relation to French and Polish standards and prepared evidence for a €11m international arbitration.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Registered Architect 1978 with the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (now Architects Registration Board),
Elected to Corporate Membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1979, R.I.B.A.,
Elected to the British Academy of Experts 1990 M.A.E.
Publications and Patents Summary
Numerous publications for trade journals and training courses.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
25 civil litigation appointments, 2 criminal prosecution appointments, 8 arbitration appointments, 5 adjudication appointments, 6 mediation appointments, and 63 other appointments.
These have covered variously: professional negligence, faulty construction, patent infringement, copyright infringement, non-compliance with statute, breaches of contract, delay. Appointments include: single joint expert, prosecution expert and party expert with expert evidence prepared for disputes governed variously by the regulations, standards and laws of: the Channel Islands, France, Gibraltar, Holland, Hungary, Isle of Man, Poland, Scotland, Seychelles, Spain, England & Wales.
Training / Seminars
Common causes of building failure, Cracking in Buildings, How to avoid the cost of building defects, The Disability Discrimination Act, The Expert Witness, Revisions to the Building Regulations, Whose Fault is it? - Allocating the blame for construction defects, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and the 2000 and 2007 revisions - Training courses for planning supervisors and risk assessment in design, Preparing Designs & Specification : Benefit of Post Defect Investigations, Don’t loose money on defects – how to deal with defects under commonly used standard forms of contract.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert has basic skills in French and has recently used this to translate technical and legal documents.
German Expert was moderately fluent in German but is out of practice.

Fields of Expertise

architectural design, architectural engineering, architectural science, architectural service, architectural standard, building architecture, building code, building construction, building construction regulation, building design, building fabric defect, building failure, building frame, building inspection, building insulation material, building material development, building materials testing, building roof, building roof failure, building safety, building science, building technology, building thermal envelope, building wall, concrete failure analysis, construction, construction claim, construction contract, construction defect, construction deficiency, construction design deficiency, construction inspection, construction material, construction material deficiency, defect control, drafting auditing, forensic architecture, foundation failure, foundation movement, foundation settlement, National Building Code, National Fire Code, problem, residential building construction, residential housing, roof construction, environmental design, header beam, wall stud, general contractor, composite siding, roofing, cement fiber siding, exterior insulated and finish system (EIFS), hollow PVC panel, vinyl flooring, epoxy flooring, flooring adhesive, structural design, high-voltage insulation, asphalt roofing material, adhesion loss, tile flooring, stucco, paint failure, carpet, roofing metal, built-up roof, plastics finishing, in-service materials failure analysis, architectural glass troubleshooting, glazing system, construction engineering, construction plastic material, wood product engineering, corrosion-related fluid handling equipment failure, steel structure design, facility design, manufactured housing, waterflooding, water flooding damage, graphic object, failure process, defect, fluorescent lighting system, electric lighting system, energy-efficient insulation material, blowout-wall design, adhesive failure analysis, reinforced concrete structure design, masonry design, energy efficient building design, metal failure, construction material siding, wood siding, electrical wire insulation, building chimney, modular construction, building component, plumbing standard, serpentine asbestos, engineering, indoor air quality, fire safety code, electrical construction, amphibole asbestos, acoustical engineering

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