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Kenneth Kelly

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Having started my working life of with a brief spell in The Royal Engineers , I was hoping to see a bit of the world and qualify as a civil engineer but only made it as far as the South East, this did give the bug for the Built Environment.

Following an even briefer spell back in the North East I was attracted by the bright lights of London where I spent 15 years working in both private and public sector in a variety of roles including Project Management of numerous construction and refurbishment projects in both Greater and Central London, Property Development, Social Housing improvement and Major Estate Redevelopment and Private Sector Housing Improvements and Enforcement which really tested my surveying skills and I really did see it all ( or so I thought).

We decided to head north in 2003 and I started working for Gateshead Council carrying out a variety of roles within the Private Sector Housing Dept, including grant aided home improvement works and working on the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder project, mixed with a few months within Development Control, which gave me an excellent insight into the planning process. I was given the opportunity to complement my experience with academic studies at Gateshead and enrolled on the part time Building Surveying degree course. I left Gateshead to take up the role of Building Surveyor at Durham Constabulary and was quickly promoted to the Property Services Manager and had a fantastic time managing a very interesting and diverse estate (where I really did see it all).

My time a Northumbria really inspired me and I was delighted when an opportunity arose for me to join the teaching staff on the Building Surveying course, I do feel a little like Poacher turned Gamekeeper as my former lecturers are now my colleagues.

Away from work I have a busy family life and only have time for running and cycling (my mode of travel for the daily commute) there is the occasional round of golf, time constraints have forced me to hang my dry suit up after many glorious years of scuba diving.

Kenneth Kelly

Key Publications

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  • Materials for Building Construction with Additive Manufacturing Techniques, Hackney, P., Foster, L., Viney, A., Kelly, K., Richardson, A. 18 May 2021, In: International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing
  • The complexities of managing historic buildings with BIM, Charlton, J., Kelly, K., Greenwood, D., Moreton, L. 15 May 2020, In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
  • Building Additive Manufacturing – Materials Evaluation, Kelly, K., Foster, L., Hackney, P., Richardson, A., Viney, A. 13 Mar 2019, 16th Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing
  • Understanding the complexities of managing historic buildings through heritage BIM: a case study of Durham Cathedral, Kelly, K., Charlton, J., Greenwood, D. 18 Sep 2019, Advances in ICT in Design, Construction and Management in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO), Northumbria University
  • The integration of BIM within existing commercial built assets, Kelly, K. 21 Jun 2016, E&E PG research conference
  • Property Asset Management, Williamson, C., Fearon, D., Kelly, K. 2014, Real Estate Concepts: A Handbook, London, Taylor & Francis


  • Other Courses Other Qualification May 23 2014
  • PGCert March 31 2014
  • Other Courses Other Qualification June 01 2008
  • Building Surveying BSc (Hons) September 01 2003
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Member Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2008

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