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Prof Richard Laing


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

I am Professor of Urban Collaboration.

I have particular expertise in the areas of collaboration (between parties, groups and individuals) and participation (of stakeholders and the wide community) in research. This has often drawn on my knowledge of emerging digital technologies, where the associated research methods are driven by a desire to identify and make use of innovative ways to communicate with target groups.

This expertise has been developed across over two decades of work funded by EU framework programmes, Interreg and various UK-based research commissions. My research concentrates on the subject of visualisation and its use within public evaluation of open space, built heritage and urban design. My skills in relation to visual environmental valuation have developed through my leading significant externally funded research (grant value £3.5Million), and that research has resulted in over 100 publications. I am a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). I co-chaired BuiltViz across 2007-present.

I am a Chartered Surveyor and a trained chairperson and assessor for the RICS APC. I represented the RICS on the European Construction Technology Platform, and am a member of EPSRC peer review college.

Richard Laing

Collaboration; Participation; Co-design; Sustainable Urbanism; Architectural Visualisation.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Being there: capturing and conveying noisy slices of walking in the city, Belkouri, D., Lanng, D., Laing, R. 16 Mar 2022, In: Mobilities
  • Delivering lower carbon urban transport choices: European ambition meets the reality of institutional (mis)alignment, Laing, R., Gray, D., Docherty, I. 29 Aug 2016, In: Environment and Planning A
  • Providing real-estate services through the integration of 3D laser scanning and building information modelling, Mahdjoubi, L., Moobela, C., Laing, R. Dec 2013, In: Computers in Industry
  • An evaluation of sustainable construction perceptions and practices in Singapore, Yin, B., Laing, R., Leon, M., Mabon, L. 1 May 2018, In: Sustainable Cities and Society

  • Architecture PhD July 31 1999
  • Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) 2022

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