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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. 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 → …


  • 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 2018

Educational equivalence: Ensuring students are prepared for a global marketplace requires international accreditation of degree programmes

MacLaren, A., Jun 2018, RICS Construction Journal, 2018, Jun/July, p. 14-16 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Open Access

Mutual Benefit: Investigating how DEC delivery in schools can be supported by industry and higher/further education partners

MacLaren, A., Holden, M., Watson, A., Kelly, D., Nicolson, E., Winston, M. & Stone, L., 6 Sep 2018, 44 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
further education
Open Access
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


Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Recipient), 1 Aug 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Social sciences

Prize for the Most effective delivery of material

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Recipient), 4 Apr 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2019

Solar Decathlon Middle East Competition 2020

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Organiser)
1 Mar 201930 Apr 2021

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

UAE Trade Delegation to the UK

Michael Gormley (Chair), Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Organiser), Olisanwendu Ogwuda (Organiser)
18 Mar 201921 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventHosting a visiting group

Discovery Day at AMRC

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Invited speaker)
30 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Solar Decathlon (Middle East) Competition 2018

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Participant), Shameel Muhammed (Organiser)
3 Nov 201814 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition

UK Construction Week

Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Participant)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference