Fast track to experts and funding: the impact of design and technology on environments
How university experts can work with the architecture, design and landscape sectors
Kingston University is at the forefront of advanced knowledge, design and technology research that can save your business time and money. The focus of our professional expertise and research into the into the built environment ranges from: buildings interiors and exteriors to the wider urban landscape; and user needs to waste materials.
This event is a chance to meet experts who are leaders and consultants in their fields, and who will share their knowledge in areas including: landscape, sustainable architecture, environmental design, health and materials.
- Pat Brown – director of landscape studies, principal lecturer
- Talk: 'Water, places and people'
Pat is involved with design practice research and teaching, with a particular focus onwater, places and people, community and professional co-design. Consultancy and EU funded projects include Waterways Forward, a major EU project
recommending policies to reinforce the role of inland waterways in regional economic development in Europe. The Landscape Interface Studio (LIS) acted as consultants to the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways) with waterway managers, engineers, environmentalists, planners, and policy makers. Recent community engagement includes Suir River Cafe, South Tipperary County Council and Jaywick Sands, Essex for CoastNet and Essex County Council; and workshops with the Amsterdam Academy and the Ecole Nationale Superiere du Paysage Versailles.
- Dr Stephen Pretlove – director of Archilab, reader in architectural science and technology
- Talk: 'Knowledge transfer partnerships in sustainable design, construction and the occupation of buildings'
Stephen's academic interests include sustainable and environmental architectural design and the health impacts of indoor environments. He is director of ArchiLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory offering consultancy, research and education services for assessing lighting, acoustics and environmental comfort issues relating to building design and use. Stephen has supervised two successful knowledge transfer partnerships with Clive Chapman Architects (see below) and MSpace Architects and Contractors and has made numerous media appearances.
- Professor Hilary Dalke – professor of design
- Talk: ''Design, colour, vision impairment and special needs environments'
Hilary is an expert in accessibility and sensory design. She specialises in the functionality of colour, design and lighting within new sustainable builds and refurbishments. Hilary's work has a particular emphasis on design for people in healthcare and with special needs from autism and vision impairment, through to dementia. She has collaborated with ICI, NHS Estates, Hill-Rom, the Home Office Prison Service and the Department for Transport and completed consultancies with Mile End Hospital, Kingston Hospital A&E, Thomas Pocklington Trust, Docklands Light Railway, Bouygues and Van Heynigen Haward. She has supervised knowledge transfer partnerships with Foley Cooke, Naughtone furniture company and Turtle Mats; and is currently working with Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL on contrast in the built environment for visually impaired people. In 2003 Hilary founded Cromocon – a multidisciplinary organisation working with design and build professionals worldwide. She is also member of two BSi task groups – BS 8300 to develop guidance for people with neuro-diversity and cognitive impairment and the built environment and BS 8493.
- Jakki Dehn – director of Rematerialise, reader in product and furniture design
- Talk: 'Sustainable materials in the design and construction industry'
Jakki ran a furniture design and manufacturing business for twenty five years. Since teaching at Kingston, her international research into new materials made from waste, and Rematerialise, the unique library of sustainable materials, has sparked considerable interest from industry. It has led to major collaborations with companies including; IKEA, Marks and Spencer, Transport for London and Continental Tyres ran a furniture design and manufacturing business for twenty five years. Since teaching at Kingston, her international research into new materials made from waste, and Rematerialise, the unique library of sustainable materials, has sparked considerable interest from industry. It has led to major collaborations with companies including; IKEA, Marks and Spencer, Transport for London and Continental Tyres.
How can a university work successfully with a business in the built environment sector? Here are some examples of recent successful partnerships and events:
- Clive Chapman Architects
- Waterways Forward
- M3 housing
- Renaisi – neighbourhood regeneration
- Intelligent Door Solutions
- South London Partnership
- Future of Town Centres: Death or Evolution?
- Ecobuild 2012 and 2011
Find out how your organisation can access our expertise though:
- funding advice, including voucher schemes to help fund university-business collaboration;
- consultancy and contract research;
- resource and equipment hire;
- knowledge exchange including knowledge transfer partnerships; and
- professional training and development (including preparation courses for the RICS Assessments of Professional Competence).
For further details, please contact Marie Withers at firstname.lastname@example.org.