I am a registered architect and hold the Roscoe Chair of Architecture at the Liverpool School of Architecture. After qualifying as an architect I worked for ten years in large and small practices before taking my first lecturing post at the University of Manchester. I received my Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Manchester and my doctorate from the CNAA. I was head of school between 2004-09 and director of research from 2010-18. I teach studio design, masters dissertations, and supervise PhDs. My research focuses on the history of innovative design and its impact on human experience, identifying how environments, locales, and objects can profoundly influence how people understand and feel about their place in the world. These investigations are cross-disciplinary, co-relating different aspects of creativity, technology transfer and cultural history. My personal interests in music, film and aviation feed into my research activity and I believe there should be no boundaries between design and creative disciplines.
Prizes or Honours
- Appointment to the Roscoe Chair of Architecture (University of Liverpool, 2010)
- Peer College Review Panel Member (Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2010)
- Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (British Academy/Leverhulme, 2012)
- Leverhulme Travelling Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2001)
- St. John College Oxford Research Fellowship (St Johns College Oxford, 1998)
- Fulbright Fellowship (US Fulbright Commission, 1994)