Sarah May


Principal Lecturer and Chartered Architectural Technologist


Sarah is Principal Lecturer and Employer Programmes Lead in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University and is the First Year Tutor for the Architectural Technology degree. Sarah has been teaching on the First Year AT Studio module for several years and leads the Architectural Technology Practice Year 1 module where she shares her knowledge of the CIAT and alternative technologies to students. Sarah has been involved in projects across all stages of building projects and imparts this experience into the modules she teaches in.


Sarah leads the annual Department of the Natural and Built Environment Careers Day, linking students with employers from local, national and international businesses, and she has responsibility for Higher Education partnerships with employers.

Sarah is also the Employer Programmes Lead for the Department of the Natural and Built Environment, where she oversees departmental business opportunities, facilitating events and opportunities to develop new business and engaging employers with the department and students. A key focus for Sarah is Degree Apprenticeships.

Sarah became a Chartered Architectural Technologist MCIAT in 2013 and in 2021 became a Fellow member of the CIAT. Sarah has been involved with the Institute at regional and national level, including Chairing CIAT’s Membership Group and participating on Professional Interview Panels and Accreditation Panels. Sarah is the current CIAT East Midlands Regional Chair.

Sarah has worked as an Architectural Technologist and Chartered Architectural Technologist in several large multi-disciplinary private sector practices for the past 17 years. She has experience in many different sectors to include private and public sector buildings, commercial, industrial, educational and residential buildings nationwide and more locally with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service whilst employed at BDP, a large international architectural practice.

Between 2013 and 2016 Sarah was a BREEAM New Construction Assessor and BREEAM Accredited Professional performing BREEAM services, assessing the sustainability and environmental impact of various projects across the UK.

Sarah specified and designed the green wall on the Marks and Spencer retail store in Sevenoaks in Kent and takes a special interest in collaborating with Ecologists on projects to ensure that appropriate enhancement of Biodiversity on site is maximised.


Department of the Natural and Built Environment

College of Social Sciences and Arts

  • BREEAM Assessments, M&S stores, and ASDA Stores BREEAM Assessment of Residential and retail
  • West Hampstead Square Implementation on site of Bristol Bus Station Design
  • Implementation of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Sheffield and the Body shop and Services building at Rotherham Fire Station
  • M&S Sevenoaks, Kent.
  • Premier Inn, Bath
  • Jaguar Landrover extension works at Halewood Liverpool


  • BSc Architectural Technology
  • BSc Architectural Design

  • Architectural Technology Practice
  • Environment and Technology
  • Construction and Technology
  • Architecture Design Studio

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