UWTSD welcomes Professor John Edwards


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to announce that John Edwards been appointed Professor of Practice within the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the university.

Professor Edwards said: “These are exciting times for the University with a new campus being constructed at SA1 Swansea Waterfront development and with the new Construction Wales Innovation Centre being part of this I am very happy to be involved. My area of expertise is existing infrastructure and I have a great interest in seeing that our UK construction and property industry is much better equipped than it is now to take on-board challenges in a more informed way.”

Stephen Hole, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at UWTSD said: “John has been granted the title of Honorary Professor of Practice for his professional distinction in historic building conservation, sustainability and construction management which are aligned with the strategic intentions of UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments.

“John has worked on many types of building ranging from the very modern to Castles and Cathedrals as well as domestic scaled buildings in the UK and beyond including ICOMOS World Heritage Sites. In a career spanning over 30 years, John has held many positions and has received many different types of experiences involving the technicalities of buildings, their significance and the varied processes ranging from the inspection of buildings to the development, management and supervision of major works and projects, to estate and facilities management and the management of a craft workforce.

“One of John’s most high profile projects was the award winning Cardiff Castle conservation and development project which he initiated and led. John’s experience is being used to keep our students informed through specialist lectures, build closer links between academia and the construction industry and to act as a specialist on new programme developments.”

Professor Edwards is a Director of Edwards Hart Consultants, where he leads on building pathology, building conservation, energy efficiency, project management, research, standard setting and training and is very much a practitioner with a wide range of clients such as housing associations, local authorities, National Trust and the Northern Ireland Government to name but a few. He is also active in passing on knowledge in delivering training for organisations such as the Environment Study Centre and CIOB Academy. Professor Edwards also manages to fit in some writing; he is guest editor of the ‘Green Retrofit’ edition of the journal Context to be published in May, and wrote a chapter in ‘Heritage Building Information Modelling’ published by Routledge in February this year. He is also the RICS online information service iSURV editor and lead author on ‘managing risk in building conservation projects’.

Further Information

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