Kevin joined as Head of Manchester School of Architecture in September 2020 having previously led the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design since 2011.
He is a Chartered Architect with a career in higher education that spans over 25 years which includes leading a BA Interiors and M.Arch course. His Professorship in 2013 was conferred under the categories of Learning and Teaching and Academic Leadership and was also awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015, which led to a spell as a Visiting Professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
He is a very active member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) having been a long-standing member of the Education Committee, a term on RIBA National Council, tutor for RIBA Studio, as well as numerous roles at RIBA West Midlands. He also have extensive experience as a Chair of RIBA Visiting Boards both in the UK and Internationally, is a member of SCHOSA Council and was previously on the Commonwealth Association of Architects executive committee. He is currently an External Examiner for the Part 2 course at The Bartlett, University College London and also the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art.
He was previously an External Examiner at University of Nottingham, London South Bank, Sheffield Hallam, and University of Salford. He has also worked with a number of Schools as a critical friend either in preparation for RIBA visits or for course approvals, including Ulster University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Robert Gordon, and Ravensbourne, as well as with Ulster, UWE, and Northumbria on reviewing senior academic appointments. He has extensive judging experience including RIBA Regional Awards, RIBA student awards, Future Spaces Foundation, and the Architects’ Journal Awards 2021. He also works closely with the Manchester Metropolitan University Estates team on the appointment of architects.
Alongside his academic career he co-founded a design-led SME practice, the space* studio in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter (www.thespacestudio.com), working on interiors, refurbishment and new build projects across numerous sectors, including numerous Higher Education projects, social housing, the interior of the multi-award winning English National Ballet and numerous concept designs for Manchester City Football Club. He previously served as a Trustee/Board Member for St Martin’s Arts, danceXchange, and the Birmingham Civic Society Planning Committee. Outside of his professional career he is a long-standing season ticket holder at Manchester City and a partner in a bar/restaurant in Birmingham www.jojolounge.co.uk which of course he designed.