Job title: Lecturer in Architecture

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5785


Current PhD students

Reyhaneh Mozaffar

Develop Design Principles for Primary School Outdoor Environment to Nurture Children’s Creativity.

Ziwen Sun

Alexia Mercieca

PhD Supervision Topics

Iain is an ARB registered architect with 19 years of experience of practice in the UK and Asia. Previous practices include Sir Norman Foster & Partners where Iain worked principally on the new Hong Kong Airport at Chek Lap Kok. He has been a design tutor at Edinburgh College of Art since 1996 and Director of the Master of Architecture at ESALA since 2011.

Iain is an active researcher within ESALA. He is presently part of an interdisciplinary research team including academics from UofE, Heriot/Watt & Kings College, London which is investigating the relationship between older people and the built environment, with fieldwork and user participation in the city of Manchester. The project has received £1.2 million funding from EPSRC and is entitled ‘Mobility, Mood and Place’. (MMP).

Previous research includes design for Special Needs Groups including Design for Autism and Effective Briefing Techniques for Building Users with Communication Difficulties. Previous Knowledge Exchange Projects include a study of The Impact of the Built Environment on Service Provision for ARK Housing Association, with academics from Heriot-Watt University.

A third strand of Iain’s academic work is Architectural Management.

Iain is Course organiser for the Part 2 Architectural Management, Practice and Law course at ESALA. He also runs the Part 3 Contract Game event for candidates for the Scottish Professional Examination. He is a member of the Examination Committee for the Authority for the Professional Examination in Scotland. (APEAS).

Iain also teaches Architectural Technology at undergraduate level with a programme of lectures and workshops as part of Technology and Environment Principles.