Simon Kincaid

Simon Kincaid BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MCIOB, AssocRICS, TIStructE, EngTech

Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying


My first degree was in Geography, which I read at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and my early career was in Technical Training at the British Council. I then re-trained as a carpenter; this gradually developing into more general construction work, with a particular emphasis on refurbishment and conservation projects.

Building on this experience, I was subsequently given the opportunity to train in-post as a structural engineer, getting involved in a wide variety of projects. Besides structural appraisal, analysis and design, I have been involved a large amount of building surveying and reporting.

This skill set, together with a long-standing interest in building conservation, has resulted in some very interesting roles, including the inspection of a large number of listed buildings on behalf of the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust. Recently, I have been involved in a new English Heritage pilot scheme for surveying listed buildings.



My teaching interests are around the following basic subject groups:

Building Conservation
Building Pathology
Fire Safety
Structural Engineering
Sustainable Construction

I am also particularly interested in a number of subject areas which, strictly speaking, fall between two disciplines (for example: fire safety in historic buildings). This is reflected in my teaching, where I am keen to emphasise the interrelationships between many of the topics we study, rather than putting them into separate ‘boxes’.

I believe that students learn best with the use of real examples and whenever possible I build such examples, as well as more complex case studies, into my teaching. I am lucky to have a large archive of case study material from my professional practice. I add to this periodically, either from new projects (that come via CPD activities or from my professional contacts), or as a result of my ongoing interest in buildings and habit of always carrying a camera. In a similar vein, I also have a number of useful contacts, particularly in the building conservation sector, through which I am able to arrange unique, behind-the-scenes, field trips to some nationally important buildings.


Journal articles

Kincaid, S. (2023). Lessons from two fires at Glasgow School of Art. Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, 11 (4), 346-354.

Kincaid, S. (2022). Fire prevention in historic buildings – approaches for safe practice. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, 13 (3), 361-380.

Kincaid, S. (2020). Practical challenges in mitigating the aftermath of fire in historic buildings. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, 12 (1), 77-96.

Kincaid, S. (2020). After the fire: reconstruction following destructive fires in historic buildings. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, 11 (1), 21-39.

Kincaid, S. (2019). Emergency planning for fire in historic buildings. Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, 10 (1), 19-39.

Kincaid, S. (2018). The upgrading of fire safety in historic buildings. Historic Environment: Policy & Practice, 9 (1), 3-20.

Kincaid, S. (2012). An investigation into the fire safety management of historic buildings. Sheffield Hallam University Built Environment Research Transactions, 4 (1), 24-37.

Other activities

Consultation: Structural Engineering practice; Peak District National Park; South Yorkshire Building Preservation Trust; Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust.

Chartered Institute of Building, Engineering Council, Institution of Structural Engineers, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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