Geoffrey Olner

Geoffrey Olner B.A. Hons, M.A., RIBA

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology


Geoff Olner is a CAD specialist and sole principal of Architectural Images, an independent Computer Aided Design consultancy service. The office specialises in bringing the benefits of CAD to Architectural Practice using a wide spectrum of tools and media. Founded in 1994 Architectural Images was set up out of a desire to explore the full potential of computing in the architectural process.


As a qualified architect, Geoff is well positioned to understand where computers can offer significant benefits, giving designers the opportunity to explore architectural vision, increased productivity/flexibility during drawing production whilst addressing interoperability between the design team, client and external consultants. As Senior Lecturer in Architectural Computer Aided Design at Sheffield Hallam University he has taken the opportunity to develop CAD design development strategies that can be transferred into professional practice.

Geoff's work with, and understanding of the requirements of, architectural practices has allowed him to develop excellent teaching for architectural students giving them the potential to be immediately active in the professional arena with CAD skills to complement their design awareness.

Teaching Interests

Leader of CAD activities within the Architecture Subject Group

Module Leader: CAD1

Module Leader: CAD Studio 2A

Module Leader: CAD Studio 2B

Module Leader: CAD 2

Module Leader: Advanced Digital Media 1 (masters)

Module Leader: Advanced Digital Media 2 (masters)

Module Leader: Interdisciplinary Practice (masters)


Journal articles

Robertson, F.J., Muller, E., Chisholm, G., Olner, G., & Duxbury, L.S. (2017). Trivarsity, interdisciplinary BIModelling/Management (BIM) workshop: an action research international example. International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling, 6 (4), 37-56.

Other activities

Registered Architect

RIBA Member

Sole Principal of Architectural Images - CAD Design Consultancy

External examiner in Architectural Visualisation -University of Plymouth Colleges (Bristol)

Past council member of Yorkshire Region RIBA

Past member of Yorkshire RIBA IT forum

Member of Architectural Schools Computing Association

Member of the International Autodesk User Group (AUGI)

External Invited Lecturer on CAD and Digital Design

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