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Alex is an RIBA/RIAS Chartered Architect and fellow of the RSA and the HEA. 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 to meet the Climate Emergency. 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.

Alex is External Examiner at the University of Sheffield. She has prevously held EE posts at the Universities of Liverpool, Greenwich and Edinburgh, the University of the West of England (Bristol- and includes SHAPE, Hong Kong).

Outside academia, Alex is active in the industry-wide group 'ZERO' committed to raising the industry profile of embodied carbon, in an effort to reduce industry emissions. As part of this effort 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.

Alex led the Heriot Watt University student team 'ESTEEM' in their bid to win the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME), an extraordinary project to design, fabricate and build a solar-powered mass timber house, then ship it to Dubai for World EXPO 2021. She inspired the team to achieve unparallelled community and industry engagement in their pioneering project, impacting thousands. This kind of challenge and opportunity epitomises the educational learning experience that Alex relishes sharing with students.

Research interests

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

Roles & Responsibilities

Acdemic Lead for the Solar decathlon Middle East 2020 Project
Leader of the Final-Year Collaborative Project (all UG built-enviornment disciplines)
Leader of the EGIS Year 1 Collaborative Project

(ex Heriot-Watt)

Practising Architect: Partner in Wyatt MacLaren LLP and engineroom LLP
External Examiner at University of Sheffield and the University of the West of England ( Bristol- and includes SHAPE, Hong Kong)

Director of Education for Teambuild UK
Built Environment Expert at the Design Council

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Teambuild UK

1 Aug 2009 → …


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


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