Portrait of  Adrian Evans Adrian Evans

a.k.evans@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472142



Biography

QUALIFICATIONS

1984
BA (Hons) Architecture

1988
BArch

1990
Member of Royal Institute of British Architects

APPOINTMENT HISTORY

1984-1985
Brock Carmichael Associates, Liverpool. Architectural Assistant
Projects: extension to St Peters Church, Walton
Preston dock redevelopment masterplan

1986-1987
MacDonald Architects, San Francisco. Architectural Assistant.
Projects: housing, nursery.

1988-1991
Scott Brownrigg and Turner. Architect
Projects: BMW showroom and workshops
Botleigh Grange office campus phase I development and masterplan, , Old Marylebone Road office and 36 apartment fast track development

1991-1992
Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Architect
Project: Lawrence Batley Theatre; a modern flexible stage courtyard theatre and full ancillary spaces inserted into grade II listed mission hall.

1993 Simpson Associates, Manchester. Architect
Projects: Snowhill foyer project, Home nightclub, Atlas cafe-bar

1993
Lecturer, Manchester University.

1993-1994
Visiting design tutor at Liverpool University, BA.

1995
Visiting design tutor at Sheffield University, Grad. Dip.

1993-1996
BDP, Sheffield. Senior Architect.
Projects:
White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds
Project Architect/Design team leader for sustainable office development, Summerfield Street, Sheffield.
Project architect and design team leader for City of Leeds College of Music. new college including teaching block, student accommodation and performance venue, refurbishment of shopping centre, Clock Towers, Rugby.

1996-2008
Senior Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University, Graduate Diploma in Architecture year one leader, admissions tutor.
Leader of technology across BA and PGDip

2006-2007
External Examiner (PhD) Manchester Metropolitan University.

2008-current
Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield. BA(Hons) Course leader. Year3 joint leader.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

1994-996 Development of competition winning masterplan for the city of Dordrecht.

1996-2000 Design of nursery for city of Dordrecht.

2000 invited to collaborate with Hodson Architects to compete for the new headquarters building for the Ecology Building Society. We were successful in the competition.

2000-2004, new headquarters building for the Ecology Building Society with Hodson Design.Consultancy in design and building sustainability.
This building won the Bradford District Design Awards ‘Building of the Year 2004’ and featured on the cover of Ecotech magazine November 2004, and in an assessment and review by Adrian Leamann.

Interview re building and sustainability issues on The Politics Show, BBC1 broadcast on Sunday 7 November 2004.

2004: co founder Huddersfield gem, an organisation dedicated to promoting the recognition and future of the Queensgate Market Hall, Huddersfield, and campaigning for the listing of this building.
In addition to numerous items and appearances on local TV, radio, and local and national press, this included the staging of ‘Meet the Market Makers’ a day long public event to which seven of those involved in the building came, and culminated in an evening of presentations and questions to members of the public, Councillors and officers for Kirklees.
www.huddersfieldgem.org
As part of this work, I have a piece published on the BBC website, http://www.bbc.co.uk/bradford/restoration/market_hall.shtml I have also had photographs published on the ‘Risky buildings’ website and in the ‘Risky buildings exhibition, both staged by the Twentieth Century Society.
http://www.riskybuildings.org.uk/docs/20queensgate/index.html

Further photographs of mine are published on the Tile and Architectural Ceramics Society website,
http://www.tilesoc.org.uk/huddmarket.htm

I made application for Queensgate Market Hall to be considered for a Concrete Society Mature Structures Award. It was awarded ‘Excellence in Concrete – Mature Structures Division’ on 2nd November 2007

I am undertaking the continuing conversion and refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed church into my home.

I am designing a low energy and maintenance monocoque corten steel house to be built using shipbuilding techniques, on the West coast of Scotland.

 

Research and Scholarship

My research falls into 2 distinct areas. I am exercised by the inadequacy of current computer interface design for the beginning of the design process – I believe that to design well, we need to make marks intuitively, without any disconnection between the brain and the hand. When we use computers, we are drawn, by hardware and software, into a ‘data input’ mode, and the fluency, immediacy and intuition in the marks we make is lost. Whereas some progress is being made with input via tablet and stylus for 2d mark making; intuitive 3d input is further behind, though there are some promising prospects on the horizon. My PhD, by practice, examines the relationship between contemporary domestic architecture and the landscape in Western Scotland. It looks at the cultural understanding of the landscape, and notions of wilderness and arcadia; the language and artefacts of a landscape, and its narratives. It is concerned with the interface architecture makes with the terrain, and the celebration of landscape as a Culture.

Papers and Conferences:

  • 'the Imperiative of the Metastudio' given at the Association of Architectural Educators inaugural conference '(un)common currency' 4th-5th April 2013 at Nottingham Trent University
  • 'Kick the Keyboard' with undergraduate student Alex Malkin given at  the Bartlett future pedagogy conference 'MOOCs, E-learning and beyond' 30th June - 1st July 2014, at University College, London.
  • 'The Bothy Museum of Landscape Stories' Paper presentation at the Network Ecologies conference, Exploring Relations Between Environmental Art, Science & Activism, June 4-6th 2015

 

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2016

Evans, A (2016) ‘The museum as a deep map : the need for narrative, wonder, mystery and discovery’. In: Heritage Theory and Practice Conference, 5th November 2016, Leeds City Museum

2015

Evans, A (2015) ‘The Bothy Museum of Landscape Stories’. In: Network Ecologies: Exploring Relations Between Environmental Art, Science & Activism, 4th-6th June 2015, Hull, UK

2014

Evans, A. and Malkin, A. (2014) ‘Kick the keyboard’. In: The Bartlett Future Pedagogy Conference 2014: MOOCs E-learning and Beyond, 1st July 2014, London, UK

2013

Evans, A (2013) ‘The Imperative of the Metastudio’. In: AAE Association of Architectural Educators Conference 2013, 3rd-5th April 2013, Nottingham, UK

2005

Evans, A (2005) ‘The Ecology Building Society headquarters employs a range of materials and devices to achieve an eco-friendly designEcotech Magazine .

2004

Evans, A (2004) Ecology Building Society headquarters. .

Evans, A (2004) ‘Under threat? Huddersfield Market HallWhere I live: Bradford and West Yorkshire .

Evans, A (n.d.) Queensgate Market Huddersfield [Image]

Esteem

2006-2007 External Examiner (PhD) Manchester Metropolitan University.

Jury member for The 2016 American Institute of Architects UK Chapter 'Excellence in Design' Awards