Ian is the Architecture and Urban Design Programmes Leader at Liverpool John Moores University.
His research is centred on the analysis of cognition in the creative process. In particular he is interested in cognitive bias, judgment heuristics, and the validity of commonly used design quality indicators. In recent years this has focused on the effective measurement and enhancement of processes and practices in the briefing, conceptual design and post occupancy evaluation stages of building design process. Ian has taught architecture in Austria, Slovenia, Malaysia and Turkey and with collaborative partners from Sweden, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium and Greece.
In his practice, as a Registered and Chartered Architect, over the last 20 years Ian has worked in a range of multidisciplinary practices before forming his own design company, with partner Fiona, in 2001. His back catalogue of completed projects ranges from the large scale reclamation and master planning of post-industrial landscapes to the industrial design of transport infrastructure.
In recent years Ian has acted as Clients Design Advisor (CDA) for Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme. He has also been commissioned as CDA on the number of Higher Education capital projects. He has sat on a number of local community group boards and has chaired steering groups for a range of design led community projects.
Ian is currently an External Examiner at Nottingham University, a Visiting Panels Chair for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), an Independent Examiner for the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and past President of the Liverpool Architectural Society and Chair of the Merseyside Branch of the RIBA. He is also a member of the LJMU Board of Governors.