Paul is an award-winning Architect, educator and academic researcher. He joined Sheffield Hallam in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer, having practised as an architect for nearly 20 years in London, Manchester and Sheffield.
Paul now leads the BSc (Hons) Architecture course, where he has overall academic responsibility for all three years of the undergraduate degree and has been voted as one of the most “inspirational teachers” at the university. He also represents the Architecture at Hallam on the Sheffield Institute of Arts Steering Group.
In addition to his academic responsibilities at Hallam, Paul is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation panel, an external examiner at The Manchester School of Architecture and a member of the Education, Research and Innovation Group for RIBA Yorkshire.
Paul studied architecture at The University of Manchester, qualified as an architect in 2000, and went on to head numerous projects at some of the UKs most prestigious design practices in a career focused on housing and regeneration.
Following qualification Paul joined award-winning Urban Splash, where he collaborated closely with contractors and fabricators from the site office (and went on to run their Manchester office). This experience fuelled Paul’s interest and developed his expertise in linking the design, fabrication and assembly of architecture.
During his time in London Paul worked for the design-lead practices Ian Simpson Architects and Glenn Howells Architects, as an Associate and senior member of the practice management at the latter. Projects included the extension to the Grade 1 listed Fellow’s Parlour at Trinity College Cambridge, The new office for Ian Simpson Architects and The Printworks building which won ‘Apartment Building of the Year’ for the UK in the British Home Awards.
Paul has also lead his own practice working on a variety of projects. In 2006 his practice was one of 6 practices out of over 100 to be shortlisted for the RIBA International design competition for the central promenade at Morecambe Bay. The project was widely published, exhibited at the RIBA in London and was featured on a dedicated programme on Radio 4 which Paul contributed to.
Paul’s teaching is focussed in the final year of the undergraduate course where he leads the design studio. In addition he contributes to the theory and technology teaching across the school of architecture.
He lead the design and development of the new curriculum for the undergraduate course which cemented the focus on sustainability in architecture but also facilitated the link between design, theory and making.
In 2017 Paul was one of only 20 staff, out of 2000, to win a University Inspirational Teaching Award. He has been nominated for the award every year since its inception.
He has also taught at Liverpool University School of Architecture, The Manchester School of Architecture, Nottingham University School of Architecture, The Sheffield School of Architecture and HNUST School of Architecture in China.
Paul is also a student on the PhD Architectural Design programme at the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. His doctoral research focuses on mapping digital and analogue methods of design, fabrication and assembly of architecture, interrogating the link between what is drawn and what is ultimately constructed/made. Paul’s PhD thesis ‘Codifying and fabricating an invisible architecture’ proposes a new way of examining error, imperfection and the disconnection between the drawn and the made.
He is using cutting edge spatial 3d laser scanning techniques to highlight the error between the design and any realised construction, to reveal an architecture that is otherwise invisible to the human eye. At the macro level his research questions the very foundations of Western architectural production by critiquing the key codifications from last 2000 years, notably those by Vitruvius, Alberti, Palladio and Le Corbusier, and the privileging of the drawing in general.
Paul uses his research to enrich his teaching practice by setting up full-scale build projects for his students. The full-scale build projects help to develop an academic case for an innovative way to deliver architectural education and to enhance the student experience.
Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 2000
Registered with the Architect’s Registration Board since 2000
External Examiner at The Manchester School of Architecture
Member of the RIBA validation panel
Member of the RIBA Yorkshire Education, Research and Innovation Group
Member of the SHU Sheffield Institute of Arts Steering Group