Assistant Professor, Architecture and Tectonics, Faculty of Engineering
John is a part of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) Research Group.
Design as Research: I am currently in the process of setting the SBE live projects office, Praxis:Nottingham
Reflective Practice: I am currently gathering material for a book on the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. This will look at the process from concept, via mock-up and material selection, to component, assembly and incorporation in the building. The aim is to view the building tectonically, to develop an insight into how the plastic shift from ideas to things occurs in a complex design subject to many external influences.
I would welcome any suggestions and contacts within the publishing industry.
Pedagogy: I am drafting a paper on the application of praxis in architectural education, based on the premise that architectural practice encompasses the broad spectrum of human experience, while architectural pedagogy is hampered by the practical, economic, legal and temporal difficulties of exposing large numbers of students to the live tectonic aspect of the profession they are training for.
Other interests: bringing expertise from experience in practice, I am interested in developing non-intrusive design methods and technical solutions for protecting public buildings from the effects of bomb blast and other violent/destructive interventions.
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