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Biography

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. 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 the West of England ( Bristol- and includes SHAPE, Hong Kong) , and the University of Liverpool. She has also examined at the Universities of Greenwich and Edinburgh.

Outside academia, Alex is active in the industry-wide group 'dotBuiltEnvironment', and 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

Acdemic Lead for teh 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)

Director of Education for Teambuild UK
Built Environment Expert at the Design Council
Practising Architect: Partner in Wyatt MacLaren LLP and engineroom LLP
External Examiner at University of Liverpool, and teh University of the West of England (including SHAPE, Hong Kong)
 

External positions

Teambuild UK

1 Aug 2009 → …

Keywords

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  • collaboration
  • interdisciplinary
  • NA Architecture
  • interdisciplinary
  • interprofessional
  • professional
  • education
  • TH Building construction
  • interdisciplinary
  • collaboration
  • professional
  • education

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