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I joined LSBU directly from industry in 2019, I have an extensive background in the built environment, spanning almost three decades, on projects in the UK and overseas. I am a Senior Lecturer, and currently the Associate head of Architecture and Course Director of Master of Architecture program. I am a chartered member of RIBA & registered under the ARB, I run the Master of architecture Design Studio 20, and also deliver the Introduction to robotics component. As a member of the Research Architecture Innovation Design, my research focuses on Architecture and Artificial intelligence, with two research projects about commencing.
I am very dedicated to research, academia and pedagogy, and have worked diligently in building up the recognition of the architecture division through programmes within lsbu & externally, through a series of Open Lectures by visiting lecturers, Student exhibitions, Student competition, accolades and Mentoring,
I am a key member of the Research Architecture Innovation & Design (RAID), keen to develop what architecture call Research in practice. During my period in industry, I spent time on business development whereby prospective or speculative projects are thoroughly investigated, evaluated and face to face meetings organised with potential clients or collaborations partners, I am keen to leverage these marketing skills in contributing and developing the department’s enterprise, research and income activities. As an architect who led coordination on HS2, I understands the importance of collaboration in identifying optimal solutions between a broad range of disciplines.
Two proposed researches that I will be working on are stated below, with planned research articles outputs for July 2023.
1. Ai Buggy (How AI can aid the visually impaired within the built-up environment)
The research will be a step closer in solving spatial awareness problem due to visual impairment.
The research will rely on middleware acting as a bridge between the ORBIT (Object Recognition for Blind Image Training) dataset / database and applications, it will impact on other researchers
Planned research paper output target for July 2023
Funding bid was under the Participatory Research Funding – 2021/22 call, but to be funded from the Deanery
2. Research towards augmenting design and construction processes with AI embedded automation.
The research will leverage on the implementation of new technologies such as big data, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine learning, computer vision, augmented reality, etc, not only leading to greater understanding of smarter cities, but also exploring data driven automation and AI in the design and construction process.
Planned research paper output target for July 2023
Funding bid from the QR funding for Research Support
Architect Apprenticeship (Architecture MArch)
Architecture - MArch
Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship (Architecture BA)
Architecture - BA (Hons)
Senior Architect role on the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade, London – (3 days / week)
Providing site support services through to completion, engaging in site meetings, reviewing sub-contractors drawings, responding to comment, optioneering on façade design options etc.
This project is extensive and includes the creation of a new station entrance at street level to provide direct access to the Northern Line from Cannon Street. Also included is a new southbound platform for the Northern Line, with the existing platform converted into a concourse. In addition to these is a new direct links to the Central Line and DLR platforms designed to ease congestion and enhance connectivity within the station
Lecturing for two day a week, a master’s class in Architecture at the London South Bank university. My role includes among others, inspiring students and contributing effectively to their academic development, design experience and knowledge of current UK regulatory framework for building design.
Arup-High Speed Rail link HS2 (Birmingham Interchange), I was given the task to start the development of the Maintenance Depot to service the proposed elevated APM (Automated Peoples Mover) to ferrying passengers between HS2 Birmingham Interchange Station (BIS) and the Birmingham Airport. One of my immediate responsibility was to gather information on the functional requirements for the proposed facility. Key among all the documents I spent time scouring through, was the HS2’s own Depots Design Approach Document. I played a leading role in the Architecture / System interface meetings and initiated the design discussion with the other disciplines in defining the Depot envelope its layout, location, rooms adjacencies and requirements in terms of its functional and its enhancement components.
- Generally, I was involved in a senior capacity from the onset of the project, on all the HS2 (London) principle structures: - Headhouses/ Ventilation & Intervention Shafts / Portal / Cross-over box / ATM’s
Specifically, on this job I was assigned as the Design House, section-1 Architecture lead on the five main Euston tunnel assets:- Euston Exit and Intervention Shaft, Euston Fire Fighting Portal, Granby terrace shaft, Adelaide vent shaft and Canterbury intervention shafts. I contributed from the start in the Optioneering studies and the sifting process. At this stage decision analysis for all the below ground shafts, the rail alignments were made, and as the project progressed, I became steeply involved in design, proof of concept / space planning phase,
room adjacency and coordination with Civils, MEP, Geotechnical, System wide, Tunnel Ventilation etc.
I contributed in the development of several technical reports, such as the Design Basis report, Design Element report, the Validation and Verification document, Outline Specification document e.t.c.
My role was a Senior Design Coordinator on this large station project, currently on site. I dealt largely with ‘front-of-house' issues, but was also involved in site wide aspects.
My daily tasks mainly revolved around the coordination and administration of subcontractors’ submittals. I reviewed subcontractor technical queries raised through the client/main contractor. I safeguarded the tight contractual response period for the review of both subcontractor construction information and Technical Queries and coordinated design issues with the multi-disciplinary team (primarily AMEP).
As a Senior Rail Architect / Assurance Manager my role involved a site wide scope, revolving around design issues, assurance aspects and supporting the Principle Lead. I was involved in design coordination with various consultants and carried out assurance responsibilities. I reviewed Main contractor’s instructions (MCI), Main contractor’s communications (MCC) and documents such as the CDM risk register, Elements with security requirements and the Maintenance, access and replacement strategy report (MARS). I also undertook the task of leading the Assets tagging and identification exercise, assisted in developing the Quality assurance documents, and worked closely with the Human Factor consultant in developing the Human Factor Assessment Report and also ensuring that Human Factors requirements have been applied and integrated into the Whitechapel station design scope.