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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 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. His current research is investigating specification writing as a creative tool for architecture, and the exchange of ideas between filmmaking, cinema and the built environment.

Toby is a UK Registered Architect, a chartered member of the RIBA, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He brings over ten years' experience of architectural practice gained within award-winning studios of international standing to teaching. Toby 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

For Allies and Morrison [discrete package lead and/or Specification author]

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

[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]

blackman architecture

130A Lower Richmond Road, Putney, 2006

Vesta Rowing Club, London, 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.

He 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 is a member of the RIBA Validation Panel for Schools of Architecture, and he was an advisor to the RIBA Enterprises' National Building Specification [NBS] from 2010 to 2012 whilst in full-time practice.

Teaching Summary

Toby lectures in the field of materials and technology. He is particularly in interested in the educational theory of situated learning and its application to the study materials and technology for… read more

Research Summary

Toby's research interests lie at the interstices of spatial design, materials and technology. His current research is investigating the creative practice of specification writing, and reflecting upon… read more

Selected Publications

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

Toby lectures in the field of materials and technology. He is particularly in interested in the educational theory of situated learning and its application to the study materials and technology for architecture. In this respect, Toby values learning by making, and the interplay of creative material practice with the rigour of studied material matters.

Current Research

Toby's research interests lie at the interstices of spatial design, materials and technology. His current research is investigating the creative practice of specification writing, and reflecting upon the relationship between filmmaking, cinema and the built environment in the era of data-rich modelling and augmented realities.

Past Research

Materials and Durability

Toby has partnered Kieran Timberlake and Professor Michael Stacey in research funded by World Aluminium and the IAI, contributing chapters to the 2014 publication, Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities.

Building Monitoring and 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.

Specification Development

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

BIM Pathways in Practice

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

Future Research

Toby is developing projects exploring the relationship between modes of representation and description, making and remaking architecture at the interstices of specification writing, data-rich modelling [BIM], and filmmaking:

Filmmaking, Cinema and Spatial Design

Making and Re-making the Fabric of Architecture

Specification and Creative Material Practice

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Urban Design, materials and technology, discreet materials and technology histories, exploratory modes of making, creative practice of specification writing, relationship between filmmaking, cinema and the built environment, augmented realities.

  • BLACKMAN, T, 2018. Fostering Curiosity and Risk in the study of Materials and Technology for Architecture In: HEA STEM Conference 2018: Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement. (In Press.)
  • BLACKMAN, T, 2018. Matt, Smooth, Shiny, Textured: Describing the Material Surface after David Pye In: S.ARCH 2018. (In Press.)
  • BLACKMAN, T, 2018. Tron and Tron:Legacy: The Epic Struggle of Non-Places Architecture_MPS: Moving Images – Static Spaces: Architectures, Art, Media, Film, Digital Art and Design. (In Press.)
  • BLACKMAN, T, 2017. Porcelain: Cradle to Cradle research by design In: It's Not Too Late: Architects Against Climate Change, T U Delft. (In Press.)
  • BLACKMAN, T, 2014. Case Study: George House, Hammersmith, London; Taylor Wimpey. In: STACEY, M, ed., Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities Cwningen Press. 160-165
  • BLACKMAN, T, 2014. Case Study: Imperium, Reading; Bennetts Associates. In: STACEY, M, ed., Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities Cwningen Press. 206-209
  • BLACKMAN, T, 2014. Case Study: Evolution House, Kew, London; S. L. Rothwell. In: STACEY, M, ed., Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities Cwningen Press. 54-55
  • The Machine, the Body and the Casket, Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition 2000. At: Edinburgh, United Kingdom06/23/2000 00:00:00-07/22/2000 00:00:00.

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