Co-Director of Housing & Urbanism Programme; Member of PhD Committee and Graduate Management Committee.

An architect with over 30 years of practice experience. A founder member of a co-operative practice in the UK in 1976 which has worked on projects of housing, community buildings and urban development strategy. Has also worked as a consultant to many projects in Europe, Australia and the USA. Has taught and lectured widely in Britain and abroad, including being visiting professor and studio master at the University of Sydney Department of Architecture over several years; Chettle Fellowship in 1996; visiting studio master at the University of Edinburgh Department of Architecture in 1997-98; and visiting professor at Parsons Department of Architecture at The New School of Social Research, New York, in 1994.

Recent research has been on urban policy and design in European cities; on London’s design and planning, particularly on the cases of major redevelopment in Docklands and the East End; on waterfront redevelopment projects; and on questions of density and intensity in urban development.

Some other academic appointments

PhD examiner: as well as many internal examinations in the AA, have acted as external examiner on research degrees for University of London, University of Edinburgh, Ecole d’Architecture de Paris – La Villette, and Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa.

since 2011: External examiner for London Metropolitan University for the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design.

2004 to 2010: Member of PhD Research Review Committee, Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture, University of Delft.

2000 to 2013: Member of the Research Committee of EUROPAN, the European federation for new architecture. This is a non-governmental organisation representing 21 European countries. Since 1988 it has organised ideas competitions, leading to project implementation, which are open to young architects and students throughout Europe.

2001 to 2006: External examiner for University College London for the MSc in Development and Planning at Development Planning Unit. Also appointed an Associate of the DPU.

1992 to 1998 visiting professor and studio master at the University of Sydney Department of Architecture

Some recent research and consultancies:

2004 to 2006: External evaluator for EU international research project: ‘AGORA Cities for People’.   EU 5th Framework Programme. Comparative research on urban public space by University of the Arts, Central St Martins College, London; Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, Barcelona; Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Visual Art and Design, Utrecht; City Planning Office, Malmo; Lund University Department of Architecture.

2003 to 2005: Awarded the 2003 Built Environment Research Fellowship by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 for joint research with Dominic Papa and Larry Barth on intensity and density in housing design.

2002 to 2005: Consultant member of international research group – ‘Urban Transformation: urban form, gentrification and immigration’, in the Department of Urbanism, University of Oslo School of Architecture.

Some recent publications:

Housing as Urbanism (2014) co-edited with Jorge Fiori (AA H&U), Jose Brandao, Luis Amorim (Federal University of Pernambuco, MDU). Published with support of the National Housing Secretariat of the Ministry of Cities, Brazil.

The results of international design workshop in Recife, Brazil, in July 2013, with an introduction essay. This work focused on the place of design and spatial reasoning in addressing the challenges faced by the Brazilian national housing programme, entitled “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life).

Transforming Tainan: the spatial challenge of the knowledge economy. (2013) co-edited with Horng-Chang Hsieh of National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Published by College of Planning and Design, NCKU. The third volume of the results of the annual intensive design workshops in Taiwan.

Productive Urban Fabric – challenges for the European city. (2013) Keynote paper to conference and exhibition: Thessaloniki 100+. Architecture and city. To be published by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

What is the value of spatial thinking and design? (2012) Thematic introduction to the publication Europan 11 in the Netherlands. Sun, Amsterdam.

Rethinking spaces and networks for working and living. (2010). Critical review of Europan 10 winning submissions. Published by Europan, Paris, 2010.

Supporting excellence in architecture and urban design. Some reflections from the UK. (2008).
Research paper for the Architecture & Urban Research Institute of Korea. AURI. Seoul.

London – some implications of large scale waterfront development (2008). Paper in La Ciudad Hacia el Agua. Conference proceedings. University of Santiago de Compostella, Spain.

Gentrification and change in London’s ‘City Fringe’. (2006) with D Chen and J Fiori, as part of collaborative research programme – Urban Transformation: urban form, gentrification and immigration – with Department of Urbanism, Oslo School of Architecture.

IntensCity – research into housing in the 21st century (2005) joint research report with L Barth and D Papa for Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 – ‘Built Environment Research Fellowship’.


Collaborations and exchanges with professional groups, teaching programmes and city governments involved in issues of urban change and development are a key part of the Housing & Urbanism Programme. We organise intensive design workshops with universities and organisations in cities which are developing new approaches to challenging urban conditions. Recent collaborations include:

2014: Graduate Urban Programme MDU at Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE, Recife, Brazil. Social Housing and Urban Mobility. Intensive design workshop on housing and urban development in central Recife, Brazil.
2013: Graduate Urban Programme MDU at Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE, Recife, Brazil. Housing as Urbanism. Intensive design workshop on housing and urban development in central Recife, Brazil.
2010-12: Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Two annual intensive design workshops on the redevelopment of Tainan.
2012: Amsterdam Zuidas intensive design workshop. 9 day International Winter School with AA Housing & Urbanism,Yale Graduate School and TU Delft. Presented in exhibition at Rotterdam Biennale in April 2012. Funded by Deltametropool – a development authority of The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.
2010: Faculty of Urban Planning, Hafen City Universitat, Hamburg. An exchange workshop to compare strategies and design initiatives for waterfront re-development.
2010: Graduate Institute of Architecture, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Intensive graduate design workshop: The Architecture of Innovation – design, governance, and infrastructure for Knowledge Cities.
2010: International Urban Development Association (INTA) Training seminars for Taiwan programme: Innovative Regions and Creative Cities.
2008-09: Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning, Hanoi University of Civil Engineering. Vietnam.   Programme of two annual intensive graduate design workshops: Urbanisation of Innovation Environments.
2005-07: College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji Univesity, Shanghai. China. Programme of three annual intensive graduate design workshops: Fenglin district – redevelopment – the potential of urbanising innovation.