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Des teaches Studio and Technology on both the BSc (Hons) and the MArch Architecture courses. Previous to working at UCLan, he worked at Leeds SoA as Head of Undergraduate studies. Des has worked for a number of architectural practices prior to working in academia, most recently as Project Architect for the Olympic Village Scheme for London 2012 at Glenn Howells Architects and as Lead Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects for the Glasgow Transport Museum.
Des is the Academic Lead for Architectural Studies and a Principal Lecturer in Architecture. Des worked as lead architect for a number of international award winning architectural practices prior to working in academia, most recently as the Project Architect for the Olympic Village Scheme for London 2012 at Glenn Howells Architects, and at Zaha Hadid Architects for the Glasgow Transport Museum.
Des’s research examines the link between practice and education. He is director of Design Research North (DRN), a HEIF funded architectural office within the Institute. DRN is an architectural consultancy under the umbrella of the Institute of Architecture at UCLan. Working on live projects with real clients the practice draws on the talent and expertise of staff members, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students within the School of Architecture as well as other disciplines and support facilities from within the university and beyond. DRN is currently working with Age UK on a KTP to imagine the future of the charity shop on the High Street and leading the design and construction of a ‘Makerspace’ at the Harris Museum.
He has published two books - ‘UEM’ which reimagines the future of a sustainably eco-centric City, and ‘Datascape’ – a collaborative research document which records the activities and exchanges of a City. His work, and those of his students has been exhibited nationally, including two of his postgraduate (MArch) students, shortlisted for the Internationally recognised President Medals awards.
RIBA North West 2006 – RIBA Post Graduate Qualification in Professional Practice
Edinburgh University 2001–2003 – March Post Graduate Qualification in Architecture
Nottingham University 1997–2000 - BArch Undergraduate Architecture Qualification
2016 – KTP – Age UK Wigan – £40k Knowledge Transfer Partnership with DRN to consider the future of the charity shop on the high street and to propose and construct a hybridized multifunctional retail and community store. The project proposes a multi-adaptable furniture system that can convert from retail into multi-functional community space.
2016 – Harris Museum Re-Imagining – The Makerspace – £20k Research proposal into the design of a new 3d printing and laser cutting laboratory in the Grade I listed Harris Museum
2016 – Design Research North - £40k HEIF funded consultancy
2015 - Preston Bus Station International Competition – Consultation and entry
2013 - Quarantopia: Networks of Viral Trauma (Student Tim Robinson: Crash Test Studio) & The Mapping Institute of Radical Transilience (Student Bradley Spencer: Crash Test Studio) shortlisted for the RIBA Presidents Silver Medal.
2012 - Trinity Buoy Wharf Recycling Centre (Student Joe Walton: Urban Studio) RIBA regional silver medal winner.
2011 - Basement Arts Project – Private Client (Live Build)
2010 - Old Chapel Recording Studio – Key Fund Yorkshire & Leeds Music Trust (Live Build)
DESIGN RESEARCH NORTH, 2016
Design Research North is an architectural consultancy under the umbrella of the Institute of Architecture at UCLan, which provides architectural design services, knowledge transfer consultancy and research opportunities. Working on live projects with real clients the practice draws on the talent and expertise of staff members, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students within the School of Architecture as well as other disciplines and support facilities from within the university and beyond.
DIGITAL FAÇADE GROUP, 2014.
The Digital Facade Group, is a research-led consultancy specialising in the design of complex sustainable facades. The group provides specialist consultation relating to the visual and performance analysis of all facade types. The research group advised on sustainable, economic and buildable solutions for facades through the analysis and testing of virtual and physical models at all stages from inception to completion.
Leeds Metropolitan University - Achieving Excellence Awards:
Course Leader of the Year 2013
Zaha Hadid Architects - Project Architect
Glasgow Transport Museum:
2012 Art Fund – Best New UK Museum
2011 Structural Steel Design Award
Ian Simpson Architects – Lead Architect
2005 Roses Architect of the Year
2006 RIBA National Award
2006 MSA Design Award
2006 Best Tall Building Award
2006 Civic Trust Award
Reiach and Hall Architects - Architect
2004 Scottish Design Awards Architect of the Year
St Andrews Arts Faculty:
2007 Dundee Institute of Architects Awards - Best Public / Commercial Building
2007 Civic Trust Award
2007 Commendation _ RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture Best Building in Scotland
2007 Finalist _ Roses Design Awards - Best Public Building
2007 Silver _ Scottish Design Awards - Best Public Building
2007 EAA Building of the Year 2007 Finalist
1997–2000 - BArch Dutton Walker Scholarship
BOOK : URBAN EVOLUTIONARY-MORPHOLOGY: THE VESTIGE CITY. EDITED DES FAGAN AND GREG KEEFEE. 2013.
Urban Evolutionary Morphology: The Vestige City, is an exploratory research document focusing on the future of the city. It discusses four possible urban grain futures using biological evolutionary sustainable development as a precedent; aiming to find new urban directions from existing. UEM was produced with the support of the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation. The design workshop itself took place at the Biospheric Foundation, Salford.
BOOK: DATASCAPE. EDITED BY DES FAGAN AND GREG KEEFFE. 2012.
Datascape is a collaborative research and analysis document between Leeds School of Architecture & Macc2020. It aims to explore Macclesfield’s historical context, current urban fabric & potential for sustainable change through the extrapolation of data into a variety of visual forms. This study explores Macclesfield’s 2020 vision to be a sustainable, low carbon society.
BOOK (UNPUBLISHED): THE ZERO CARBON CAMPUS. 2013 EDITED BY CRAIG STOTT AND DES FAGAN.
An analysis of methods in closing the energy cycles of Universities, focusing upon adaptations and alterations of the existing Leeds Metropolitan University Campus. Discussion and direction relating to low and zero carbon output.
2010 - 2015
Head of Undergraduate Studies – Course Leader for BA (Hons) Architecture.
Responsible for undergraduate studies as programme leader for BA (Hons) Architecture. New course writing, staff deployment, RIBA validation visit coordination, examination preparation, and lead of an Undergraduate and Postgraduate studio. Awarded Course Leader of the Year in 2013. Lead of the Digital Façade Group at the University, providing consultancy and research services for practice; the group prototypes new façade systems, testing both digital and physical constructs. Research interests considered the role of façade prototyping and additive manufacturing in practice and education, testing digital and physical tools as comparative measures for understanding the function and performance of façades utilising new technologies in additive manufacturing.
2009 – 2010
Glenn Howells Architects, London
Project Architect for the 2012 Olympic Village, London. Project Architect for the Olympic village schemes involving design development, detailing and construction approval of details for the scheme. Responsibility for all accommodation blocks focussing upon the design development and construction approval of the facades. Significant involvement with planning, client and key stakeholders. Design development and construction approval for both games mode and legacy mode.
2008 – 2009
Zaha Hadid Architects, London
Project Architect for the Riverside Museum, Glasgow. Responsibility for the coordination and delivery of the £85m Glasgow Transport Museum building. Responsible for coordinating design issues, along with approving details for the external cladding packages for construction. This involved significant coordination with the entire design team and regular site visits to meet with the main contractor and cladding sub-contractors. Additional work undertaken on construction work packages and coordination of complex 3D structural and cladding information issued by the consultant team and sub contractors.
Ian Simpson Architects, Manchester
Lead Architect for – Criterion Place, Leeds / Bridge Street, Leeds / 2-4 Chester Road, Manchester / Castlefield Quay, Manchester / Victoria Station, Manchester
Project lead on a series of developments within the company. Primary client contact for multiple schemes including Criterion Place and Gallowgate. Responsibility for individual planning applications and coordination with design team members. Team leadership and control of project programming. Significant work undertaken on a variety of schemes and contract types. Lead architect on the planning application for Gallowgate in Newcastle and Bridge St / Criterion Place in Leeds. Responsibility for the employer’s requirement document for 2-4 Chester Rd. Construction detailing for the Gallowgate scheme and a member of the team for the Victoria Station and Canary Wharf competitions.
Reiach and Hall Architects, Edinburgh
A year spent working on a number of projects including an art gallery, science building and medical school. Work predominantly on the completed £7m arts faculty for the University of St. Andrews. Sole design responsibility for the external detailing of the envelope and structural coordination. Responsibility for communication and coordination with engineers and client body.