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David Nicholson-Cole

University Teacher, Institute of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

David has been at the SBE since 1975, and his role has evolved according to the demands of the era - at the present time, computers dominate the scene and he is very involved with IT issues and skills. DNC has also taught domestic building construction since 1975, keeping up with the changes over that time. Internationally, he has travelled extensively teaching GDL programming, and has organised ArchiCAD University since 1998. In recent times, he willingly inherited the mantle of Tall Building teaching in 2006 when Antony Wood left Nottingham for Chicago. He has teamed with some excellent helpers, such as Philip Oldfield and Joana Goncalves, and the course has moved irreversibly into bioclimatic and sustainable tall building design. Having run that project in successive and successful years, the teaching has evolved into a full M.Arch Masters course in Sustainable Tall Building, commencing Sept 2009. Details of this are on http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sbe/courses/pg_course_details/march_sustain_tall_buildings.php

Expertise Summary

David graduated from Liverpool School of Architecture in 1972. He has been at the SBE since 1975, teaching architecture. His role has evolved according to the demands of the era - at the present time, computers dominate the scene and he is very involved with IT issues and skills. DNC has also taught domestic building construction since 1975, keeping up with the changes over that time. He also teaches ArchiCAD. Internationally, he has travelled extensively teaching GDL programming, and has organised ArchiCAD University since 1998.

Teaching Summary

My teaching interests have varied in the years I have been at Nottingham, but at the moment, they are focused on three main interests:

Tall Building design - Course Director of the M.Arch in Sustainable Tall Buildings, running two major design projects every session. We have been winning prizes, including first three prizes in the UK stage of the Isover 2011 competition, and one of our groups coming 2nd in the world.

Heat pumps and carbon zero design. Sustainability and systems are part of our tall buildings, but at a smaller scale, I have made my house carbon zero, and the knowledge from this is passed on at every opportunity in teaching.

Tectonics (another word for structure and construction design), which I am teaching at 1st and 2nd yr level.

In the past I have focused on teaching BIM based CAD software, in particular ArchiCAD and GDL (parametric programming), but its not currently a core interest in teaching.

Research Summary

Sustainable Tall Buildings are the primary topic of my M.Arch Masters course, and there is huge amount going on around the world in the field of tall buildings.

Department of Architecture and Built Environment

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