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Alan Chandler

Reader in Architecture Director of REF 2021 Architecture and the Built Environment

Place Production Group, Sustainability Research Institute

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.

  • AVA 1.09, Docklands Campus
    School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    E16 2RD
  • +442082233260
    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.

    Chartered Architect, accredited Specialist Conservation Architect, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Member of the RIBA Conservation Committee (Education Adviser) 2012-present

    Member of the RIBA Professional Education Committee 2009-2013

    Member of the RIBA/ARB Validation panel for UK Schools 2006-2009

    Architects Registration Board Lead examiner 2008-2012

    arts lettres techniques architect 1999 to present, Company Director

    SH Architects 1993-2001, Company Director

    RIBA Conservation Register assessor since the inception of the register

    London Borough of Hackney Design Advisory Panel member 2008-2012

    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


    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.

    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.


    • IUAV / University of Venice
      Dr Michela Pace
    • University of Edinburgh
      Prof Remo Pedreschi


    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


    Collaborative practice

    Fabric formed concrete, sustainable construction
    Building conservation, political theory in relation to place and history


    Masters in Architecture (Part II) Technical integration

    Technical adviser BSc Architecture (Part I)