who we are

Alistair Gibb

Email: a.g.gibb@lboro.ac.uk
Weblink: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cv/staff/profile/15.html

Alistair is Professor of Construction Engineering Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at Loughborough University. He joined the University in 1993, following a career in engineering and project management with John Laing, Taylor Woodrow and Sir Robert McAlpine. Since 1993 he has developed a significant portfolio of funded research projects alongside the management of the sponsored Construction Engineering management degree and substantial teaching responsibilities. In 2004 he was awarded a personal chair following achieving his doctorate in construction innovation, by the publications route in 2001.

Alistair has a significant research portfolio, winning more than £1.7 million funding in the last six years which represents projects of a value of over £4 million. He leads the construction management group in Loughborough’s Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMCRC) which provides platform funding for innovative research. His projects formed a major part of the track-record which lead to the award of the IMCRC. Alistair’s work falls primarily into two main areas: health and safety and offsite production.

Simon Austin

Email: s.a.austin@lboro.ac.uk

Weblink: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cv/staff/profile/11.html

Simon Austin is Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. He is also the founder director of Adept Management, a specialist management consultancy. Prior to this he worked for Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners and Tarmac Construction.

He has undertaken industry-focused research for over 25 years into design processes, modelling , integrated working and management techniques, information management, process re-engineering, value management and structural materials and their design. The later includes the building design process, behaviour and design of structural elements and innovative sprayed and cast concretes and mortars.

He is the author of over 200 publications, holder of 27 EPSRC funded research grants with a total value of £4.2 million (£2.65M plus industrial contributions of £1.55M) employing 40 research assistants and has successfully supervised 18 PhD/EngD students. He is a member of various BSi and CEN standardization committees and a consultant member of two trade associations. His research portfolio has involved collaboration with many leading companies and organizations in the construction industry.

Andrew Dainty

Email:  a.r.j.dainty@lboro.ac.uk

Weblink:  http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cv/staff/profile/78.html

Andrew Dainty is Professor of Construction Sociology in Loughborough University’s Department of Civil and Building Engineering. His research interests focus on human social action within construction and other project-based sectors, and particularly the social rules and processes that affect people working in teams, organizations and supply chains. He has carried out research for a wide range of public and private sector organisations and advises many policy committees and industry think tanks. He currently holds research grants from EPSRC, ESRC, European Union and numerous commercial organisations. He published widely in both academic and industry journals, and is co-author of HRM in Construction Projects, and Communication in Construction: Theory and Practice, and is co-editor of People and Culture in Construction: A Reader, all published by Taylor and Francis.

James Saker

Email: J.A.Pinder@lboro.ac.uk

Weblink: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/staff/academic-research/msjms.html

Professor Jim Saker is the Director of the Centre for Automotive Management and is the Ford Industrial Chair of Retail Management, and he has a close working relationship with the automotive sector. He has been involved with the automotive industry for 20 years and was a co-founder of the MIRA Business Unit in 1992. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 he was placed in the Automotive Industry Power 100, a listing of the top most influential people in the sector, and he is a member of the UK Government’s Leadership and Management Panel. His research interests lie in the area of channel power relationships and strategic developments in the motor industry.

James Pinder

Email: J.A.Pinder@lboro.ac.uk
Weblink:  http://www.positivesum.co.uk/

James has a background in building surveying and over ten years experience of undertaking applied research and consultancy on a wide range of issues, including workspace evaluation, property outsourcing, the Private Finance Initiative, domestic renewable energy technologies and property benchmarking.  James has worked as a researcher at the College of Estate Management in Reading, Sheffield Hallam University and Loughborough University.

Robert Schmidt III

Email: r.schmidt-iii@lboro.ac.uk

Weblink:  www.rsiiidesign.com

Rob is an architect and a Senior Research Associate on the Adaptable Futures project at Loughborough University. He has practiced and studied architecture in the USA, Japan and the UK.  He has received degrees from Iowa State University, The University of Tokyo and is currently completing a PhD at Loughborough University.  He has received a number of recognitions for his student design work including the Jeffrey J. Pilling Scholarship for excellence in design and the Pella Architectural Scholarship.

He spent four years in New York working for the prestigious and award-winning firm, Herb Beckhard and Frank Richlan (HB+FR), a decedent firm of Marcel Breuer.  He has published several papers on the topic of adaptability and presented the research around the world.

Graham Kelly

Email: G.Kelly@lboro.ac.uk

Graham has a background in construction management working for companies such as AMEC and Morgan Ashurst on various multi million pound projects. He has a degree in construction engineering management from Loughborough University. Currently he is completing a PhD at Loughborough University on how adaptable designs can be improved through effective feedback to architects, completion date is Dec 2012.

Rachael Grinnell

Email:  R.C.Grinnell@lboro.ac.uk

Rachael joined the Adaptable Futures group in 2010 on graduating from Loughborough University’s Civil Engineering programme. Rachael has worked for both Laing O’Rourke and Carillion in a variety of junior roles spanning planning, commercial and supply chain functions. She is currently investigating adaptability from a sustainability perspective, with a particular focus on the implications of a low carbon future for adaptable design in commercial buildings.

AF Industry & Academic Collaborators

active partners who meet with the research team periodically and provide crucial dialogue in developing the ongoing work.  Their generosity in time and ideas are greatly appreciated and make the research.


AF Contributors

practices and institutions that have helped the project along the way; some of which have played a more formal role than others, but all are graciously appreciated.


  • Ash Sakula
  • Development Securities
  • DFES (Education & Skills)
  • Savills
  • Stanhope
  • Arup
  • DEGW
  • Sheppard Robson
  • Corus
  • Mace
  • N G Bailey
  • Taylor Woodrow
  • Terrapin
  • Ball State University (Stephen Kendall)
  • TU Delft (Rob Geraedts)
  • TU Eindhoven (Schueblin)
  • VTT (Matti Hannus)
  • Stubbs Rich
  • Buildoffsite
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Constructing Excellence
  • EMDA

AF Past Team Members

people who we are in debt to for their time and contribution to the research and have since moved on…

  • Dr. Katy Beadle (Bath University)
  • Dave Brown
  • Jason Deamer
  • Dr. Toru Eguchi (Yokohama National University)
  • Almudena Fulster (EMVS, Alcala University)
  • Peter Madden (Coventry University)
  • Christine Pasquire (Nottingham Trent University)
  • Vicky Storey (Nottingham University)
  • Zihan Wang