Alan Chandler

Mr Alan Chandler


Material technology, the theory of architectural conservation and community engagement

, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE)

Research leader for REF 2014 and 2021, specialist in collaborative practice with expertise in the fields of fabric formed concrete development and the politicisation of architectural heritage. Current responsibilities include coordination of collaborative research around the UN Sustainability Development Goals across the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

Areas Of Interest

Sustainable construction innovation and practice: Fabric formed concrete, sustainable construction.

The social impact of heritage theory and practice: Building conservation, political theory in relation to place and history

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Alan's areas of expertise covers material technology, the theory of architectural conservation and community engagement.

  • Research leader for Architecture and the Built Environment, Leader in technical integration, Heritage theory lecturer          
  • Devised and validated the MA Architecture and Urbanism (Computational Architecture, Sustainability, Urban design, Heritage and Practice)
  • Devised and validated the MRes Architecture - Reading the Neoliberal City, taught by Anna Minton and Dr Douglas Spencer
  • Current supervision of four PhD Students
  • REF 2014 and REF 2020 Architecture + Built Environment UoA16 leader (45% of research outputs in the REF 2014 submission rated at 3* and 4*)
  • RAE 2008 Art and Design - Category A researcher, 4 submissions
  • External Examiner at Edinburgh University MA Material Practice 2015-2018
  • Previous teaching experience at the Architectural Association, Goldsmiths' College, London, Cambridge University, Edinburgh University and the CASS

External roles

  • Co-Chair of the RIBA Conservation Register Steering group, Visiting Professor at the Universidad Catolic, Santiago de Chile
  • External Examiner, Edinburgh University 2015-2018
  • Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Reviewer for 'Charrette' journal of architecture
  • Reviewer for RIBA Publications


  • Masterplanner with C+S Architects of the heritage assets of the River Brenta, Veneto, Italy for the Director General of the Ministry of Culture, 2016
  • Designer and presenter of the RIBA Conservation workshops visiting ten UK schools of Architecture in 2016-2017, beginning with Bath University in November 2016
  • Research on William Morris and the politics of craft within a contemporary urban context
  • The politicisation of architectural heritage
  • Fabric formed concrete innovation and implementation
  • Exhibitor, lecturer and panel member of the Courtauld Institute 'East Wing Biennial', site-specific installations: 'The Memory of Surfaces', February 2016
  • Member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the ISoFF International Conference on Fabric Forming structures, Amsterdam August 2015
  • Keynote Speaker at the XIX Chilean Architecture Biennale in Valparaiso, speaking on the socio-political role of Heritage in architecture, May 2015
  • Book Chapter 'Building is also a verb' in 'Architecture- Live projects' eds. Harris and Widder, Routledge June 2014
  • Co-Curator and fabricator of the 'London-Venice' installation on the Loggia of the Ducal Palace, St Mark's Square, Venice during the 2014 Architecture Biennale and the 2014 London Architecture Festival, June 2014
  • Seminar Speaker on the restoration of the Basilica El Salvador, Santiago de Chile, Keynote Speaker at the annual conference on Patrimony, hosted by the Chilean Directorate of Monuments at the National Library in Santiago, Chile (audience and live stream via the internet and publication in 2014), November 2013
  • Co-organiser with Roland Karthaus of 'The Production of Place' International Conference, University of East London 2012
  • Consultant/specialist contractor for 27 tonne 1:1 fabric formed concrete prototypes for Heatherwick Studios '1000 Trees' (325,000sqm building project in Shanghai, China) 2013, published in the Journal of Architecture June 2015. Consultant/specialist contractor for the building of the largest fabric formed concrete structure outside the Americas (Norfolk, UK) 2012
  • Keynote presentation published by Bath University - The ISoFF Fabric Formwork Conference, Bath University 2012, member of the Scientific Steering Committee
  • Palacio Pereira 2012–16, First place competition entry for the restoration of a national monument commemorating the Bi-Centenary of the Chilean Republic, (with Cecilia Puga, Alberto Moletto and Paula Velasco), defining the conservation strategy, on site consolidation and repair - on site 2016
  • Consultant/specialist contractor for rammed concrete elements for MUF
  • Art/Architecture LLP installed in Altab Ali Park, London E1 2011
  • Consultant/specialist contractor (with Remo Pedreschi) for Paul Hensey's Silver Gilt winning fabric formed concrete 'Urban Garden', Chelsea Flower Show 2009
  • Concept, design and co-editor of 'Fabricformwork', winner of the RIBA Presidents Medal commendation for university based research in 2008
  • Article + cover - fabric casting techniques research for Architectural Research Quarterly, 11 pages with illustrations, Volume 8 2006
  • Chapter in Material Matters Edited by Dr. Katie Lloyd-Thomas, published by Routledge, October 2006, Conference in 2003 co-organised by Chandler/Lloyd-Thomas
  • Research and Practice work covered in the Architects Journal, the RIBA Journal, Building Design, Textile, The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Arquitectura Viva (Spain), the World of Interiors, Elle Interior (Norway), Vogue (British and Australian) Elle Decoration (British), Bolig Magasinet (Denmark) Telegraph Magazine, AD Magazine (El Mercurio - Chile), Concrete Elegance II - 'Fabric Formwork', Architects Journal, RIBA Journal, FX Magazine, Building Design, Architectura Viva, Journal of Garden Design, 'Concrete: A Studio Guide' (Stacey 2012)
  • Lectures:  Bath, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Loughborough, Oxford, Santiago, Valparaiso, Winnipeg


  • Editor with Remo Pedreschi of "fabricformwork", 100 page full colour book published by RIBA Publications, December 2007
  • Bolig Magasinet (Denmark) October 2002 p52-59 9 illustrations
  • Vogue (Australia) January 2001 p135-142 9 illustrations
  • Book: Stil – Stockholm, Malmo, Kopenhamn, London, Paris, Milano, Publisher: Richters Forlag AB, Malmo Sweden, published Denmark 2004 Authors: Hans Rooth &; Lage Stone, ISBN no. 91 7715 394 4. Pages 44-49 and 102 – 109 with 19 colour photographs of built work
  • Outputs Book : title - Fabricformwork, 100 pages full colour A4 format devised, co-written and edited by Alan Chandler, including contributing papers by from Dr Remo Pedreschi, Fiona McLachlan, Katie Lloyd Thomas, Ilona Hay and Daniel Lee
  • Refereed Journal: Architectural Research Quarterly Vol 8, numbers 3/4, Cover and pages 204 - 214 inclusive
  • Essay of 4000 words with 12 illustrations for the book 'Material Matters', Editor Katie Lloyd-Thomas. Co-author status: Sole author of eaasy. Other Relevant Details: Published by Routledge January 2007
  • Article + cover on Innovative casting techniques research for Architectural Research Quarterly, 11 pages with illustrations, Volume 8 published 2006
  • Book article: Concrete Elegance Two, written by David Bennett, 2 page introductory images, p29-34 inclusive Co-author status: Co-written by D. Bennett. Other Relevant Details: Published by RIBA Publications December 2006
  • An Illustrated article in the journal of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings vol. 25, no. 3 2004 p10-11, 3 colour illustrations
  • Chapter of 4000+ words with approx. 10 illustrations for the book of the Material Matters Conference (2004), Edited by Katie Lloyd-Thomas, published by Routledge October 2006.
  • Architects Journal May 2007 illustrations
  • RIBA Journal May 2007 p 66-70 illustrations
  • World of Interiors (British) January 2006
  • Elle Interior (Norway) August 2005 p94-101 11 illustrations
  • Journal of Architecture vol. 20 no.3 June 2015 - Fabricformwork Prototype to Typology


  • OfS SPICE bid for Innovative practice in Knowledge Exchange 2020
  • Newton Fund 'Links' award 2017
  • 'Cities in Transition' with Karandinou and Elsharkawy; 'Live Project' engagement programme with external communities and collaborators, £130K to develop built projects via the MArch architecture curriculum 2009-2020 ongoing; Emerald Fund 'Fabric Formed Rammed Earth practice'.
  • British Council
  • Emerald Fund
  • Direzione dei Beni Culturali del Veneto
  • Heatherwick Studios
  • DOKA GmbH


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