Personal profile

Biography

Alex is an RIBA/RIAS Chartered Architect and fellow of the RSA and the HEA, based in Edinburgh. She is Senior Director of Studies (SDOS) for Multi-campus Architectural Engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She splits her time between professional practice at Wyatt MacLaren LLP and Associate Professor in Architecture at Heriot-Watt University. Her research interests are in built-environment cross-disciplinary collaboration, and training the future industry. The position between practice and academia means Alex is ideally placed to trial pedagogic initiatives which aim to bridge the recognised gap between construction education and training, and industry practice.

Outside Heriot-Watt, Alex is Director of Education at the construction training charity ‘TEAMBUILD’. As part of this role she is pioneering programmes for higher education syllabi across the UK, working between construction subjects and with professionals outside of the university. She believes that smart education and training for students, honing trans-disciplinary communication and social skills, is essential to effectively implement the technical evolution of the construction industry, and inspire future generations.

Research interests

Collaborative Pedagogy, links between Industry and Academia, student-led curricula, live projects, community engagement, interdisciplinary practice in the construction industry.

Roles & Responsibilities

(ex Heriot-Watt)

Director of Education for Teambuild UK
dotBuiltEnvironment
Communications Officer and Education Lead
(ex CIC BIM2050 Group Member)
Built Environment Expert at the Design Council
Practising Architect: Partner in Wyatt MacLaren LLP and engineroom LLP
Design Studio Lead at University of Edinburgh, External Examiner at University of Greenwich
Examiner for the ARB (Architects Registration Board)

 

External positions

Director of Education, Teambuild UK

1 Aug 2009 → …

Keywords

  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • collaboration
  • interdisciplinary
  • NA Architecture
  • interdisciplinary
  • interprofessional
  • professional
  • education
  • TH Building construction
  • interdisciplinary
  • collaboration
  • professional
  • education

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Research Output 2013 2017

institution
higher education
teaching
student
learning

Practising Collaborative Practice

MacLaren, A. J. W. & Chrisp, T. M. 19 Apr 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

education
practice
Education
taxonomy
case study

‘Portfolio Professionals’ in the digitised Built Environment = Education + Skills + Commercial Environment + Communications Network

MacLaren, A. & Thompson, N. Apr 2017 Conference Proceedings: Professional Practices in the Built Environment, 27-28 April 2017. University of Reading, p. 80-92 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

education
Education
criterion
network
career

Civic Fabrication: Social Responsibility in the Architecture Studio

MacLaren, A. J. W. 1 Mar 2016 In : Charrette. 3, 1, p. 29-44 16 p., 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social responsibility
architecture
project
learning
student
career
cooperation
learning
education
measurement method

Prizes

Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Recipient), 1 Aug 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Prize for the Most effective delivery of material

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Recipient), 4 Apr 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2017

VISION 2017

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Invited speaker)
6 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Higher Education Authority (HEA) Annual Conference 2017

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Invited speaker), Jack, L. B. (Participant)
6 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Global Grand Challenges Summit

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Participant)
18 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Member of programme committee)
Jun 2017Apr 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

CLIC-Construct

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Invited speaker), Jenkins, D. P. (Member of programme committee), Menzies, G. F. (Member of programme committee), Gul, M. S. (Member of programme committee), Topriska, E. V. (Member of programme committee), Kennedy, C. J. (Member of programme committee)
27 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in conference