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Visiting Professors 

Chris Williamson (Professor of Architecture)

Chris Williamson is member of the RIBA council. He is also a talented architect and business leader who has 35 years of experience in the field, leading his 150 person strong architecture practice WestonWilliamson. He has been involved in projects such as the Jubilee line extension at London Bridge and the designs of every station on the DLR from Canning Town to Woolwich. Chris is also currently working on numerous high profile projects in countries such as China (The Bejing South Station, Wuhan Station, and Xiamen Station), Singapore, and Australia. Future projects include his stations for Crossrail at Pudding Mill Lane and Paddington station in West London, along with the Upgrade of Victoria Station. Chris’ practice has played a very active role within our School through collaborative events, mentoring students and with the employment of our graduates. At present WestonWilliamson employs over 10 UEL architecture graduates.

John Ladbrook (Professor of Computer Science-Simulation)

John Ladbrook is a Director and Simulation Technical Specialist at Ford Motor Company. John has been involved with simulation in many roles since 1982. His role at Ford is to lead the development and research of Simulation within the company, which involves liaising and lecturing in universities. He has sponsored multiple group and individual MSc’s within UEL and other universities including Cranfield, Southampton and Brunel. He has also supported one of ACE’s PhD students in Symbiotic Modelling. He has been of great help to ACE and has offered our students and staff a number of inspirational lectures. He has been sponsoring an EPSRC Case award for ACE. John is very keen to offer our students internships and general work-based experience and has been very supportive to our staff in identifying potential applied research and knowledge-transfer opportunities. 

Professor Roger Flanagan (Professor of Construction)

Roger Flanagan is ex-Dean and Professor of Engineering at the University of Reading. He is a Visiting Professor at a number of universities including Tsinghua University in Beijing, University of Hong Kong, Universiti Teknologi in Malaysia, University of New South Wales in Australia, and now UEL. He was President of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2006-2007. Roger’s industrial experience includes previously being a member of the Board of Directors of Skanska AB for 10 years and a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Halcrow Group (now CH2MHill) for 7 years. He has been a member of Board of Directors and Advisory Board member in USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, and UK. He has undertaken studies for the development of the construction industry in the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia.

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin (Professor of Civil Engineering)

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, is Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). He has over 30 years of extensive construction and built environment industry expertise. He graduated in 1985 with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and since obtained a Master’s degree in Construction & Programme Management from the University of Birmingham. Today he holds a number of executive and non-executive board positions. In 2011 he received an Honorary DSc from Aston University, recognising his outstanding services to construction and engineering, both in the UK and abroad.o the development of smart cities and sustainability and his strong focus on civic engagement. 

Jane Calvert-Lee  (Industry Liaison)

Jane Calvert-Lee is one of the UK’s renowned entrepreneurs. She spent twenty eight years with the Confederation of British Industry, eventually ending up as the Director responsible for maintaining the relationship with the UK’s hundred largest companies. Her role was to engage and explore with those companies what environment they needed in the UK to make them most competitive, and she would encourage them to invest here and create more jobs. Through her role, she helped members who wanted to redress the imbalance that existed between west and east London. Jane is a lifelong champion of greater boardroom opportunities for women and was herself a member of UEL’s Board of Governors. Jane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UEL – a university she loves and admires for the opportunities it offers and the support it gives to those who grab the opportunities. 

Dr Roland Busch (Honorary Doctorate- Sustainable Infrastructure)

Dr Roland Busch is a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and global CEO of the Infrastructure & Cities sector. He also has executive oversight of the Asia (excluding Japan) and Australia regions, and leads the company’s Corporate Sustainability Office. He joined the company in 1994, starting in the Corporate Research and Development Department and moving through various positions developing expertise in the areas of automotive, process management and strategy, before joining the Managing Board in 2011. He received an honorary doctorate from UEL earlier this year. This was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of smart cities and sustainability and his strong focus on civic engagement. 

Sir Terry Morgan (Honorary Doctorate)

Sir Terry Morgan CBE has been the Chairman of Crossrail since 2009 and Chair of the HS2 College Governing Body since 2015. Last year he was appointed by the Government to lead the development of a transport infrastructure skills strategy.

Sir Terry has worked extensively in UK manufacturing including roles with British Leyland, Land Rover and British Aerospace. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Civil Engineers. Over the last 50 years, he has been an advocate for apprenticeships and investment in skills training and was instrumental in establishing the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in east London to meet a variety of skills requirements for the Crossrail project. 

Patrik Schumacher (Professor of Architecture)

Patrik Schumacher is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and is leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in April 2016. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988, has been a co-author on most projects and was seminal in developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture and design brand. In 1996 he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association where he continues to teach. He is lecturing worldwide and recently held the John Portman Chair in Architecture at Harvard’s GSD. Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles to architectural journals and anthologies. In 2008 he coined the phrase Parametricism and has since published a series of manifestos promoting Parametricism as the new epochal style for the 21st century. In 2010/2012 he published his two-volume theoretical opus magnum “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”. He recently guest-edited the magazine AD - Parametricism 2.0 – setting architecture’s agenda for the 21st Century with a new emphasis on the societal relevance of parametricism.