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Last edited 18 Feb 2022
New editor for designing buildings
Dan started his career in construction, continuing to work on-site as he trained in Architecture, after a number of years working for practices in the UK he moved into applied research supported by UK and EU Innovation institutes. He has been involved in designing, making, and researching buildings and their context for just under three decades.
Dan relishes the opportunity to expand and share knowledge across this platform in support of its reader needs. He aims to build on the vast, clear, easily accessible, no-nonsense, up to date and relevant knowledge already available. His goal is to further strengthen the position of Designing Buildings Wiki as a key resource for the design, procurement, construction, research, and use of the built environment.
Dan is aware of the changing context of practice, having worked for and with teams, clients, companies and institutes, to understand and improve processes, systems, services, and products, from design and communication to management and use. He has engaged with permanent and temporary projects at all stages for different sectors, from the district scale to the micro-unit with a focus on integrated environmental performance and social equity.
The impacts of environmental performance has been a thread throughout Dan’s career, one that has slowly become a key element to all areas of industry. In particular, he has had relevant experience as a consultant working on materials and product selection, embodied carbon, post-occupancy evaluation, designing for future climates, smart city planning, soft landings, construction waste and management, and net-zero carbon building fabric and material performance.
Since returning after a 6-month voluntary position developing reduced impact construction products in the Gambia, He has been working from Berlin on projects in Germany and the UK. Most recently developing a Masterclass for University College London, working for Institutes and private clients in Berlin whilst continuing to support the team in Gambia on a voluntary basis.
Gregor Harvie, Director of Designing Buildings Wiki said: "We are really delighted Dan has agreed to join our team. He brings with him tremendous experience of the industry as well as an impressive background in research. This will help us grow our online presence and will enhance the scope and depth of the knowledge we offer our users.”
Designing Buildings has been created with one simple goal:
Construction in the UK employs 3 million people in 280,000 organisations, each holding a vast amount of expert knowledge. Everything from how to create a brief for a new project, right through to getting tax breaks for water-efficient taps. But much of that knowledge is inaccessible, fragmented and dispersed. If we put it all in one place, where everyone can find it, Construction UK will be more efficient, more collaborative, more innovative and better able to compete in the global market place.
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