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Des Fagan

Des Fagan

Academic Leader - INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Harris Building, HB149

+44 (0) 1772 89 4217

dfagan1@uclan.ac.uk

Des Fagan is Academic Leader for Architecture at the University of Central Lancashire and director of Design Research North. He Leads the Institute of Architecture and is responsible for staffing and delivery of several courses including Architecture RIBA Part I, Master of Architecture RIBA Part II, Architectural Technology CIAT and MSc Conservation and Adaptation. He has led postgraduate (RIBA Part II) design studios, been course leader for undergraduate (RIBA Part I) courses and has lectured extensively in many areas of architectural education.

Full Profile

For the last three years, Des has represented the University at the Standing Conference of Heads of School of Architecture (SCHOSA). He has written several new and revised courses for at both UG and PG level, and most recently launched a new international architecture course in Hong Kong.

Des was previously Head of Undergraduate Studies at Leeds School of Architecture, where he was awarded Course Leader of the Year in his role as Course Leader for BA (Hons) Architecture.

He has been an invited guest critic at leading UK schools of architecture, and has been invited external panel member for several external course approvals.

Des has edited 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. He is also an invited peer reviewer for several Academic Journals.

Graduating from Nottingham University in 2000 and Edinburgh University in 2004, Des was awarded the Nottingham University Dutton Walker Art Scholarship for design excellence. In 2006, he completed his Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture at RIBA North West.

Des has 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 as Lead Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects for the Glasgow Transport Museum - winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year.

Des has extensive practice experience and has been involved in multiple award-winning projects at all stages of design and construction.

EDUCATION

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

SOCIAL MEDIA

LinkedIn

RESEARCH

Des is completing a PhD currently titled –

Generative Pattern Architecture – Material and Geometric Optimisation for the Contextual Façade Design of Shelters for Global Communities

Des is a leading expert in the design, optimisation and construction of complex façade geometries. At Zaha Hadid Architects, he conducted research workshops on the optimisation of freeform facades with Gehry Technologies to influence development of the latest Digital Project and CATIA parametric software.

DESIGN RESEARCH NORTH

Within Architecture, Des is the founder and director of the research group Design Research North (DRN) established in 2015.  DRN is a vehicle for engagement with the City, Industry and the Studio. It is a HEIF funded and staffed research consultancy which conducts a wide range of industry-based research projects.  Inherent to the function of DRN is the interaction of students and studio projects in the context of a live research office.

DRN is recognised Internationally as an award-winning research group that works with select National and International key stakeholder groups to understand complex social and design issues for the benefit of community groups.

DRN Current Papers:

Fagan, D. Richards, J (2017) The Back-to-Back – A New Model for Affordable Housing
Fagan, D (2018) The Expanding City - Preston and the Central Lancashire New City
Fagan, D. Hadjri, K. Peploe, R.  (2017) The Hybrid High Street Charity Shop
Fagan, D (2018) Optimisation in House Design Learning from the IKEA Model for Mass Produced Modular Shelters

DRN Current Projects:

(2018) Re-imagining the Harris Building - £14.5m HLF bid with Preston City Council
(2017) Makerspace – £25k Design of a fully operational 3D makerspace in the Harris Building Library
(2016) Age UK Wigan – £80k Store redesign for the Hybrid High Street Charity Shop

CONSULTANCY

DIGITAL FAÇADE GROUP, 2014.

The Digital Facade Group, was a research-led consultancy specialising in the design of complex sustainable facades. The group provided 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.

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

2018 - Member of the Prescription Committee for the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
2018 - Academic Advisor to the ARB Prescription Committee
2017 - Preston Partnership Forum
2016 - NLSA North Lancashire Society of Architects

AWARDS

University of Central Lancashire

International Education Course of the Year 2018 - Educate North Awards – BSc Hons Architectural Studies

Design Research North – Commended – Research Project of the Year - Educate North Awards 2018

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

Hilton Tower:

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

Nottingham University:

1997–2000 - BArch Dutton Walker Scholarship

Publications

Book Publications

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.

EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES

APPOINTMENT HISTORY

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.

2005–2008

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.

2004–2005

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.

External Activities

APPOINTMENT HISTORY

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.

2005–2008

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.

 

 

2004–2005

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.