Diploma/MA in Professional Studies (Part 3)

Details of some of the staff and visiting speakers:

Robert Firth BSC (Hons), BArch (Dist), MSC (Project Management), FRSA, RIBA is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture and a Senior Vice President and Director of Practice Building at HOK, a global practice with offices in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Asia. He has extensive experience in the education, cultural, commercial and retail sectors, and was previously a partner at Austin-Smith:Lord and Head of Architecture at Capita Architecture. His project portfolio includes four projects at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, interiors at the Millennium Stadium, Newport Theatre and Arts Centre, Cambridge Science Park, Lancashire BSF, Nottingham BSF and numerous primary, secondary and SEN schools across the UK. Robert is Part III external examiner and was Chairman of the Construction Industry Council in Wales (2000-2002) and President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (1999-2001). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sarah Lupton MA, DipArch, LLM, RIBA , FCIArb is a Reader in professional studies at Cardiff University and a partner in Lupton Stellakis. She lectures widely on subjects relating to construction law, and acts as adjudicator and expert witness in construction disputes. She is a member of a large number of industry and professional committees, and is also an elected member of the Architects Registration Board. Sarah is the author of many books, including a series on standard form building contracts, and is the editor of Which Contract? and The Architect’s Handbook of Practice Management.

Manos Stellakis BSc DipArch MSc(Econ) RIBA, is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture and a partner in Lupton Stellakis.  He has been a visiting course tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London, and invited lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. He has been a member of a number of Committees including the RIBA Statutory Controls Committee, the RIBA Building Control Group, and the Technical Review Group of the Construction Industry Research and Information Association. Manos Stellakis is the co-author of two books on Performance Specification and of Through the Legislation Maze: Energy Conservation, and Through the Legislation Maze: Health and Safety. and co-editor of the Through the Legislation Maze series, all published by RIBA Enterprises. He has been a partner with Lupton Stellakis since 1984 with projects in the UK, France and Greece, Currently he divides his time between the projects in the UK and in Greece.

Rebecca Pike BSc (Hons) BArch DipArch is a practicing Architect and graduate of the WSA.  She has spent the last five years working at Lipton Plant Architects in London, overseeing the design and construction of high specification residential refurbishment and conversion projects, including a number of new build one-off houses.  The majority of the projects are located in North London and many comprise of works to Listed buildings and buildings in Conservation Areas.  In addition to her experience in the private residential sector, she has assisted in the production of heritage feasibility studies and on the planning application for the King’s Cross Central master plan project.  She has worked at the WSA as a Research Assistant alongside Prof. Richard Weston and as a Teaching Assistant with the first year of the undergraduate course.

Alex Veal BSc BArch DipArch PhD RIBA is an architect currently working in practice in London. He studied at the Welsh School of Architecture and completed his PhD on the subject of Japanese influence in European Modernism in 2007. Between 2003 and 2005 he was a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholar based in Tokyo, where he studied traditional Japanese carpentry and worked in the office of the architect Kengo Kuma. He is now working on a variety of conservation projects at Caroe & Partners Architects.

Gillian Birkby M.A., MaPS, ACIArb, is a partner in the business law firm Fladgate LLP and head of its Construction Group.   She has had extensive experience of drafting and amending contracts, advising on contractual problems, and taking clients through dispute resolution procedures such as mediation, litigation, arbitration and adjudication.   She is a member of the Construction Industry Council Adjudication Board.  Gillian is an expert on the application of the CDM Regulations.   She is ex-chairman of the Construction Industry Council panel on Health and Safety and an honorary member of the Association for Project Safety.  Gillian has been closely involved in the operation of the CDM Regulations since they were first published and was on the HSE working group which resulted in the revised Regulations in 2007.   She has lectured extensively on the Regulations and written numerous articles on this subject.

John Lloyd BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MCIBSE MIOA   John is the Operations Director for a team of 30 acoustic consulting engineers at AECOM Ltd.  John first qualified as a Building Services Engineer but has been an acoustics consultant for more than 20 years specialising in building and architectural acoustics.  His acoustic design experience is in multi-million pound projects covering all sectors including healthcare, education, commercial premises, hotels and residential developments.  Typically John is responsible for providing acoustic design advice from the conception of a building project right through to handover and occupation, helping the Client to develop his brief and assisting the design team to ensure it is realised.

Andy Passingham, Associate, Arup Fire, BEng (Hons) MSt CEng MCIBSE .Andy Passingham joined Arup in 1990 as a building services engineer, subsequently specialising in Fire Engineering within Arup Fire.  He has travelled with Arup, working in London, Hong Kong and most recently in New York, where he helped to establish the USA practice of Arup Fire.  He currently leads the Arup Fire groups in Bristol and Cardiff.

Andy has experience of a wide range of projects.  These include the MI6 headquarters in London, the Eden Project, cargo handling buildings at Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong, and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link stations, including St Pancras in London.  His USA experience includes an airport terminal in Dallas, a public library in Salt Lake City, and a major redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station in New York City.  Andy is the primary healthcare contact for Arup Fire, and has developed Fire Strategies for many large healthcare projects.

His experience includes design for building services systems, with particular emphasis on fire protection and specialist fire engineering analysis, including smoke production and behaviour analysis, evacuation modelling and analysis of structural response to fire.  He has particular interests in improving the processes of interdisciplinary design and integration of architecture with engineering.


Professor Chris Tweed is the BRE Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SuDoBE) in the Welsh School of Architecture. A graduate of the School, he is returning to Cardiff from Queen's University Belfast, where he was formerly Head of the School of Architecture. His previous appointments include Director of the EdCAAD research unit at the University of Edinburgh, and Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Through these varied roles, Chris has gained research experience in energy in buildings, computer-aided architectural design, intelligent systems, urban sustainability and environmental psychology. This wide range of interests is now brought together under the broad heading of socio-technical research, which focuses on the interface between people and technology.  Chris currently chairs the “Buildings” working group of the European COST Action C23, “Low carbon strategies for the built environment” as well as the working group on “Impact of ontologies upon organisational structures” in COST Action C21, “Urban Ontologies for an Improved Communication in Urban Civil Engineering Projects” and was recently a member of the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) panel H30 on Architecture and the Built Environment.

Frances Forward BA(Hons)  Dip Arch MSc(Const Law) RIBA FCIArb is an architect, adjudicator and lecturer with 20 years' design, management and consulting experience in the construction industry, both in the UK and in Germany.  Frances was a member of the working group that drafted the NEC Partnering Option X12 and she is a member of the NEC panel.  Frances was actively involved in the drafting of nec3 and chaired the working groups on ‘payment’ and ‘disputes’.  Frances runs her own architectural practice, Forward Consult Ltd, and is an active user of the NEC family of contracts.  Frances has advised on the use of NEC for a number of major projects, including most recently a €13M care home in Southern Ireland with a German contractor.

Mary Herbert is a partner in Eversheds law firm, specializing in construction and engineering dispute management. Mary has extensive experience of construction related arbitration, adjudication, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and mini trial. She also has wide experience of contract drafting and advice for a variety of traditional construction projects (from process plants to office blocks) and PPP/PFI projects, including preparing contract conditions, professional appointments and collateral warranties.

Christopher Paul is a partner in the Projects and Construction Department of Trowers & Hamlins. He specialises in on non-contentious construction and procurement matters both in the UK and overseas.  Christopher has acted as a Partnering Adviser on a number of projects under PPC2000 and TPC2005 (its term based derivative) including major housing programmes (both traditional and modular), schools, universities, prisons, hotel and leisure schemes, hospitals, road and public building maintenance, gas maintenance and general ‘Decent Homes’ programmes. Christopher is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of many standard forms of construction contract, partnering contracts, construction management, operation and maintenance agreements, professional appointments, warranties, bonds and guarantees. He is also a qualified Partnering Adviser with the Association of Partnering Advisers.