Alan Chandler

Mr Alan Chandler


Material technology, the theory of architectural conservation and community engagement; Office for Postgraduate Research and Engagement; Dean of Research

Department of Architecture & Visual Arts , 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 University level coordination of collaborative research around the UN Sustainability Development Goals.

Areas Of Interest

  • Sustainable construction innovation and practice: sustainable and low carbon 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.

  • Dean of Research
  • Dean of the Sustainability Research Institute
  • Research specialism in technical integration, Heritage theory and the definition of specialist masters and MRes programmes.
  • Current Director of Studies for PhD Students and viva examination, with experience of leading REF 2014 and REF 2020 Architecture + Built Environment.
  • External Examiner at Edinburgh University MA Material Practice 2015-2019
  • 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
  • Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Reviewer for 'Charrette' journal of architecture
  • Reviewer for RIBA Publications


  • Materials research in partnership with Tate and Lyle Sugar refiners.
  • Establishing student internship programme to support the Pollution Pods project to exhibit nationally, culminating at COP26.
  • Collaboration on the ERDF funded Eastern New Energy project and South eastern New Energy Project within SRI supporting SMEs in match funding practical decarbonisation initiatives.
  • Awards judge for the RIBA Regional Awards for Architecture 2021.
  • Co-Chair of the RIBA Conservation Register responsible for the governance of the RIBA Conservation accreditation framework.
  • Delivery of Professional CPD for the RIBA on conservation, using academic research and practice to provide best practice knowledge exchange in the form of lectures, webinars and conference events.
  • Curation and organisation of UEL Research dissemination and activation events with a focus on public engagement and interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange.


  • Project profiled in the RIBA 'International Conservation Case Studies' 2021.
  • Devised, co-edited and contributing project to the 'Sustainable Past and Future Guide' by the RIBA 2021
  • Research on William Morris and the politics of craft within a contemporary urban context
  • The politicisation of architectural heritage published as a book by Routledge in 2020 - "The Production of Heritage' with Dr Michela Pace.
  • Book Chapter in 'Obra Gruesa' - the work of Smiljan Radic, Chile 2019
  • Exhibitor, lecturer and panel member of the Courtauld Institute 'East Wing Biennial', site-specific installations: 'The Memory of Surfaces', February 2016


  • 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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  • Masters in Architecture (Part II) Technical integration
  • Technical adviser BSc Architecture (Part I)