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Peter started his working life in a small Bradford architects practice and learnt the full gamut of life in an architect practice. From this experience he learned to appreciate the magnificence of the industrial architecture that surrounded him.
Studying by day release and night classes he gained ONC and HNC at Leeds Polytechnic. He worked throughout his studies at various Yorkshire architects practices, and having spent eleven years in employment decided to study full time and earned a B.A. at the Hull School of Architecture. He paid his way designing houses, extensions and commercial office and warehouse facilities.
He became a partner in Hogg + Willoughby Architect’s practice in the early 1980’s and undertook projects including Leisure, domestic and commercial throughout the UK. Peter’s specialism in leisure facilities especially swimming pools and Local Authority leisure centres led to working with GLR architects, a specialist leisure practice.
An invitation to lecture at Leeds College of Building led to a full time post teaching construction technology, sustainable architecture and AutoCAD.
Peter studied for a FE teaching qualification and also latterly a PGCE Higher Ed at the University of Huddersfield, followed by an MSc in Sustainable Architecture also at Huddersfield.
In July 2009, he was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in Tutor of the Year, West Yorkshire Life Long Learning Network.
Peter now lectures in Construction Technology and is first year tutor to BSc Architectural Technology at the University. He was a speaker at University of Huddersfield Research Festival, March 2011, ‘Using visual technology in the teaching of Construction Technology’. In 2011, he was awarded a University Teaching and Learning Fund grant of £1,500.
The teaching of Architectural Technology has its roots in much mathematical and scientific theory, but in order to understand the theory there is a need use visual prompts. Current research aims to enhance autonomous learning and student experience by producing and providing access to visual technology (HD video). The films will introduce students to modern methods of construction, processes and materials at domestic scale as well as commercial, with the aim of improving student knowledge of Architectural Technology. This is disseminated via lectures, seminars, Unilearn (VLE) and shortly Unitube, using vignettes of film to enhance subject matter.
Research areas include the visual art of Architectural Technology and the use of drawing as a communication skill.
July 2010 Speaker at Acus Consulting, Manchester ‘Code for Sustainable Homes a way forward’
February 2010 Speaker at the Royal Society, London. ‘The use of Technology in Architectural Education’
January 2010 Tetrahedron Project. Development of structural forms in the upstanding of space, mathematical and geometric forms.