John’s professional experience in the field of architecture spans both practice and academia. He is an Architect by training and also considers himself an urbanist and educator.
As practitioner, John holds RIBA Charter Membership and is a UK-Registered Architect (ARB). He has over fifteen years of full-time experience, gained while working for practices in London, Los Angeles and Toronto. At Allies and Morrison (2000-07), he was Associate responsible for leading a number of mixed-use projects situated in complex urban contexts. That position also provided exposure to the rigorous demands of all work stages, from planning negotiations and scheme design through to construction.
During that time, he developed an interest in making an authentic urban architecture. That led to his studying urbanism under Professor Robert Tavernor on the LSE’s renowned Cities programme. John completed his dissertation on the practicalities of implementing spatial policies for London’s Thames Gateway and graduated with MSc in Cities Design and Social Science (2007).
John then entered academia via a fixed-term tutoring contract for a Diploma-level studio at the Swiss university EPFL, Lausanne. He then joined the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, where he transitioned towards tenured Lecturer. His responsibilities there included teaching studio and technical courses for the ARB/ RIBA-accredited Part 2 Diploma course and convening GSA’s Friday Lecture Series.
John is currently at the University of Nottingham (2011- ), where he is Assistant Professor in Architecture, and latterly, Course Director of its Part 2 Architecture course. In addition to leading a ‘vertical’ studio unit of students from both year cohorts, he is responsible for leading the MArch Architecture (ARB/ RIBA Part 2) course. This role includes developing strategy, curriculum design and ensuring compliance with both the university’s quality assurance standards and the prescription of education requirements set by the profession’s regulating bodies, ARB and RIBA.
Annual Register of Interests 2018
Membership of Formal Groups:
Charter Member of RIBA
Business, Professional or Social Relationships:
RIBA East Midlands Education committee; Nottingham City Council Heritage Action Zone Committee.
Companies or Associations which you or members of your family are officers or employees or in which you or they have beneficial interests:
University of Nottingham – Assistant Professor
Involvement in Partnerships, Joint Ventures or Consortia:
Professional Relationships with individuals, organisations or businesses that might have relationships with ARB:
University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture and Built Environment