Stuart completed his Degree, Masters and PhD at the Liverpool School of Architecture. He has worked for over 25 years in housing for social housing providers and as a director in the commercial construction sector offering development services across the UK. He retains a consultant role as an environmental advisor for John McCall architects and undertakes private new build and refurbishment projects. Since 2011, Stuart has worked as a part time tutor in the LSA teaching across all years providing lectures on sustainable design and technology and construction detailing. He is currently providing environmental design tutorials in 3rd year studio and gives tutorials using case studies on environmental design, prefabrication and lean construction techniques to post-graduates.
His academic research has focused on developing methods for achieving affordable eco-housing using prefabrication and lean process. The research has provided opportunities to explore materials, the integration of both passive and active technologies within closed panel components and the assembly techniques and skills required to realise solutions. Starting with a £1.4m of funding to develop a 14 unit eco-housing scheme and subsequently a 21 unit development his early research was relatively unique, an example of which was the inclusion of the first UK use of photovoltaic roof tiles.
The early closed panel research was developed into a joint venture company offering low energy homes in single and multi-storey configuration up to five storeys high and built approximately 800 units.
Latterly, funding from the Centre for Global Eco Innovation, kick-started his PhD where the prefabrication techniques developed in the earlier research have been further developed into a small autonomous mobile factory unit capable of quickly producing open and closed panels on site, locally or in other parts of the world.
Currently, he is investigating other mobile platforms related to on-site fabrication and working with other partners with interests in sustainable technology and processes.