Personal profile


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
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 → …


  • 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

higher education

Next Generation: It is essential to stimulate and engage students to retain their talent in the built environment sector, argues Alex MacLaren

MacLaren, A. 23 Oct 2017 RICS Construction Journal, Nov-Dec 2017, p. 14-16 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Open Access

Practising Collaborative Practice

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

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
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

Open Access

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

Open Access
social responsibility


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

The Portfolio Professional

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Speaker)
18 Oct 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Passive Low Energy Architecture 2017

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Member of programme committee)
3 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Session Two | Evidence, Guidance and Support

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Speaker)
6 Dec 2017

Activity: Invited talk

CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018

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

Activity: Participation in conference