Portrait of  Jon Moorhouse Jon Moorhouse

j.moorhouse@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472620


Jon Moorhouse is a Chartered Architect and Interior Designer with over 20 years post-qualification practice and teaching experience. Jon is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Architectural Technology and his teaching specialisms are Professional Practice, Sustainability and Building Information Modeling (BIM). His current role combines teaching and research. He is also Research and Development Director at Liverpool-Based architectural practice Constructive Thinking Studio. Jon recognises the symbiosis between education and practice.

Jon qualified as an Architect in 1992, shortly after forming practice 3D3 with two fellow Liverpool graduates. After undertaking three years post-graduate research in CAAD, and recognising the potential for Building Information Modeling as a vehicle for the design and delivery of projects, he formed Jon Moorhouse Architects in 1996, a wholly digital practice. From 1996-2002, Jon was a visiting lecturer and CAAD consultant at several institutions, before assisting Gary Brown to initiate the Interior Design degree at LJMU, where he taught until 2012.

The practice became Constructive Thinking Studio in 2004 to reflect the developing ethos of the practice, which has developed to become a leading BIM and sustainability design consultancy with particular specialisms in housing, lean construction and product development.

Jon has been involved in a number of practice-based funded research projects, particularly addressing and delivering retrofit in social housing and implementing BIM in cross-disciplinary design teams. Current research includes Wider Housing Stock Appraisal Techniques, Energy-Based Decision Making in Early-Stage Design, Small Batch Production Through BIM, Modular Housing Design and Design Diplomacy – techniques for collaborative design for communities. Jon champions Live Projects for architecture students.

Jon is currently working on an impact-driven Professional Doctorate through the Centre for Alternative Technology and Cardiff Metropolitan University, investigating the incremental development of low carbon retrofit techniques for social housing.

In addition to lecturing in Architecture, Jon has written, co-written and validated several Undergraduate and Masters courses, acted as External Examiner, RIBA part 3 Examiner and supervised Masters and PhD students.

When Jon is not working, he is an active school governor and he takes part in long distance triathlon events and ultra-trail mountain races.

Research and Scholarship

Retrofit and Sustainability
As a practicing architect and researcher, Jon works independently and with a number of housing associations delivering innovative retrofit solutions and novel new housing approaches. He is currently working towards completing a Professional Doctorate at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The research relates to scaleable retrofit solutions, working from individual occupied properties through voids and approaches to larger stock improvements. Documenting seven years of associated practice, with four years of research informed practice development, the work builds on qualitative and quantitative feedback from residents and other stakeholders, and reflects on the influence of policy on energy use in housing. The outcomes are impact driven and seek to develop tools to assist Housing Associations with the planning and delivery of sustainable retrofit. Through related research he has investigated a responsive approach to small batch (construction) product manufacture in relation to changing energy policy in the UK.

With Riverside Housing, he is exploring a dynamic core design for new build housing that responds to holistic management requirements, cradle to cradle principles and lifetime homes requirements.

As a BIM practitioner his research in this field is twofold. Firstly, investigating the added value that BIM can bring to projects in terms of efficiencies, lean construction, scheduling and early stage energy assessment; and secondly, seeking the added value that BIM can bring to collaboration and project delivery, whether from an engagement perspective at community level, through ‘agile’ based crowd sourced designing or small batch component design.

His educational research centres around integrating professional practice within educational programming, informing professional bodies through a series of reflective case studies and developing the notion (and application) of ‘live’ projects through forming links with practice and manufacturers. In doing so one may initiate both professional and research activity at undergraduate level. This work relates to the changes currently taking place within architectural education and seeks to develop relationships through the exploitation of technological advancements and multi-directional collaboration between universities and practice.

Jon is developing a virtual gallery tool for curatorial facilitation, presentation and archiving and is seeking partnerships with Galleries to further the project.


Keynotes Addresses and Invited Presentations

2014 ArchiCAD Summer Conference, Cardiff. Keynote Speaker “BIM in the Small Practice”

2014 Merseyside Civic Society - The State of the City 2. “Introducing Green Space and other community interventions into a Terraced Housing Matrix.” Bluecoat Arts Centre Liverpool.

2014 Sustainable Energy in Buildings Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Session Chair.

2013 ArchiCAD Summer Conference. “Small Practice, Big Ideas”. Cardiff University

2012 OpenCurateIT – “Curating the City – (with added BIM) FACT Liverpool

Conference Organising Activities

2011 and 2012 ACUA Summer International Conference (Liverpool JMU) Conference Chair

2009 – 2012 ACUA Winter Conferences – Organising Committee, Innsbruck and Kasberg, Austria.

Invited Positions

2014 Trustee, Cheshire Academy Trust

2013-14 Advisor AEC UK BIM Protocols for ArchiCAD

2011 to Present, Co opted to Kelsall Parish Council as Neighbourhood Development Advisor

2010 to 2014 School Governor for Kelsall School, Chair of Premises Committee

Research Degree Supervision

Supervisor and advisor, various LJMU and UWIC, Sustainability and Building Information Modeling.
Module Leader Undergraduate Research Projects, JMU (over 60 projects themed around sustainability); Conversions to MRES projects.

Current and Future
Currently supervising 2 MSC Sustainable Architecture projects. And several M.Arch dissertations.

Jon is interested in developing research groups (and subsequent supervision) in relation to Sustainable Housing, Building Information Modelling, Product Development and Professional Practice

Recent and current projects and collaborations have involved Technology Strategy Board, BRE, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Technical University of Vienna and LJMU, together with various Housing Associations and International Architects. Jon is seeking collaborative partners for Horizon 2020 bids.