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Toby Blackman

Assistant Professor in Architecture, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Toby is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Nottingham. He lectures in the field of materials and technology, and he is a passionate, committed educator. His research interests lie at the interstices of urban design, materials and technology. He supervises both Masters and PhD students in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism.

Toby is a part of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) Research Group.

Current research activities are investigating written description as a heuristic architectural tool, and notions of the continuous and the discreet in Urban Design under two working titles: The Qualities and Quantities of Architecture, and Contingent Territory: Architecture at the Interstices of Society, Ethics, and Politics.

Toby is a UK registered architect, bringing over ten years' experience of architectural practice gained within award-winning studios of international standing to teaching. He enjoyed seven years as an Architect for Allies and Morrison, following positions with RIBA Manser Medal winners Studio Bednarski and Robert Dye Associates, and taught at the University of Edinburgh in the MArch programme. His private practice, blackmanarchitecture was established in 2003.

Built Works: Key Projects

[Project/Principal Architect and/or core architectural team member]

For Allies and Morrison

Rambert Dance Company Studios, 2014

[RIBA National Award and The American Institute of Architects, UK Design for Excellence Awards Commendation]

Allies and Morrison's Farnham Place Studios, 2013

[Wood Awards Commendation]

Ash Court, Girton College, Cambridge, 2013

[RIBA Regional Award and RIBA Special Sustainability Award]

London 2012 Olympic Park: MPC Press Building and Infrastructure Projects

[New London Awards, Overall masterplan winner, RIBA Award, Civic Trust Award]

Heart of Doha, Qatar, 2010

Diwan Amiri Quarter

[public cluster including National Archive, Barracks and Administrative Building]

St Paul's Place, Sheffield, 2006

BCO Regional Award

Corporate Workplace

Mint Hotel, Leeds, 2010

[RIBA Award, and RIBA Yorkshire White Rose Awards]

For Priestman Architects

The Chapel, Kensal Rise, 2006

blackman architecture

130A Lower Richmond Road, Putney, 2006

Vesta Rowing Club, London, 2004

For Studio Bednarski

Nene Community Centre, Northamptonshire, 2004

[Architects Journal: Specification, 2005]

For Robert Dye Associates

57 South Hill Park, Hampstead Heath, 2002

[RIBA Journal, December 2003, Grand Designs Magazine, March 2004]

Expertise Summary

Toby has particular urban and building design skill, and expertise in the field of materials and technology having led Specification writing and tectonics research for the 2008 Stirling Prize nominated practice, Allies and Morrison.

Toby has partnered Kieran Timberlake and Professor Michael Stacey in research funded by World Aluminium and the IAI, publishing Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities in 2015.

Toby has previously been an advisor to the RIBA, sitting on the National Building Specification [NBS] Panel, 2010-2012, and currently sits on the RIBA Validation Panel for UK Schools of Architecture.

Teaching Summary

Toby lectures in the field of materials and technology, and he is a passionate, committed educator. He supervises both Masters and PhD students in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism. He… read more

Research Summary

Toby's research interests lie at the interstices of urban design, materials and technology. Current research activities are investigating written description as a heuristic architectural tool, and… read more

Selected Publications

  • BLACKMAN, T. FOR ALLIES AND MORRISON, 2008. Elemental Specification: Bespoke Documentation

Toby lectures in the field of materials and technology, and he is a passionate, committed educator. He supervises both Masters and PhD students in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism. He currently sits on the RIBA Validation Panel for UK Schools of Architecture.

Current Research

Toby's research interests lie at the interstices of urban design, materials and technology. Current research activities are investigating written description as a heuristic architectural tool, and notions of the continuous and the discreet in Urban Design under two working titles: The Qualities and Quantities of Architecture, and Contingent Territory: Architecture at the Interstices of Society, Ethics, and Politics.

Past Research

Materials and Durability

Toby has partnered Kieran Timberlake and Professor Michael Stacey in research funded by World Aluminium and the IAI, publishing Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities in 2015.

Building Monitoring

Monitoring the aspects of Allies and Morrison's business related to energy consumption, including leading the strategic monitoring Allies and Morrison's BMS controlled HVAC, and their lighting, and delivering incremental improvements to the system's efficiencies:

Post Occupancy Evaluation

Post Occupancy Evaluation of Allies and Morrison's Southwark Street offices in collaboration with XCO2 Energy, evaluating the performance of the practice studios and the effectiveness of the design decisions and technologies employed to create and control the working environment. The studies looked at the full scope of the building design, from the exposed thermal mass of the concrete frame (through core-drilled temperature probes to assess the effective depth) to the efficiency of the HVAC systems and photo-reactive studio lighting (through data-logging current clamps to the electrical installation).

Specification Development

Beta testing and consultation input into RIBA Enterprises' software developments, leading to the 2012 launch of NBS Create.

Air Leakage

Review and consultation input into draft publications in the field of Air Leakage and Construction for BSRIA and RIBA Publishing.

Collaborative models for consultant specification authoring

NBS Advisory Panel: Evaluation and analysis.

BIM Pathways in Practice

Research, analysis and proposal for Allies and Morrison's practice strategy for BIM-compliant Specification authoring.

Future Research

Toby is an advocate for thoughtful material, process and assembly specification, excited by the possibilities for inter-disciplinary working represented by the delivery frameworks of environmental modeling and BIM. It is in these aspects of materials technology, construction process and detailing that Toby will further his research:

Urban Scale Appropriation and Re-use: Analytical Strategies for Architecture

Specification Data and Feedback Systems

Iterative Prototyping and Fabrication

High-Performance Building Envelopes

Building Fabric Legacy: Reuse Models and Methods

  • BLACKMAN, T. FOR ALLIES AND MORRISON, 2008. Elemental Specification: Bespoke Documentation

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