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Andy is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. His teaching interests include creativity in structural engineering, collaborative design and the use of appropriate materials with a specialism in timber. Prior to joining the department as a Teaching Fellow, Andy held the positions of Research Associate at the University of Bath, Research & Development Engineer at ModCell, and Design Engineer at Ramboll. Whilst working in practice he specialised in Timber Engineering and contributed to the design of some of the UK’s largest Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings; notably the City Academy in Norwich. Working as a Research Associate at the University of Bath, he was a key member of the team that delivered one of the world’s first certified straw bale panel products to the UK market. Andy has also worked as a rammed earth building contractor in New Mexico and has previously qualified as a certified Passive House Designer.

Andy studied for his degree in Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Bath before completing his PhD in the field of timber engineering under the supervision of Professor Richard Harris, Professor Pete Walker and Dr Martin Ansell. Whilst studying for his PhD, Andy won joint First Prize for his research at the IStructE Young Researchers Conference.


Andy’s research experience and interests span a range of themes associated with the technical development and testing of low-carbon materials for low energy buildings and, crucially, how these materials are deployed in the mainstream construction industry. Following his PhD studies and his position as a Research Officer at University of Bath he spent time working in industry with designers and contractors focussed on the delivery of low-carbon, low-energy buildings. As such he has a holistic understanding of how research and development can support and inform positive impact in the construction industry. Recent projects that he has been/is involved in include:

  • EuroCell project: EU market development of ModCell - a prefabricated eco-building system utilising renewable materials, EASME.
  • ECO-SEE: Eco-innovative, Safe and Energy Efficient wall panels and materials for a healthier indoor environment, FP7.
  • ISOBIO: Development and demonstration of highly insulating construction materials from bio derived aggregates, H2020

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Research Output 2008 2019

Determination of optimal plaster thickness for moisture buffering of indoor air

Maskell, D., Thomson, A., Walker, P. & Lemke, M., 15 Feb 2018, In : Building and Environment. 130, p. 143-150

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
indoor air
4 Citations (Scopus)
68 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Environmental impact
Statistical methods

An Alternative to Gypsum Plasterboard

Maskell, D., Church, M., Thomson, A., Walker, P. & Robinson, T., 9 Dec 2017, p. 93 - 99. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

life cycle
thermal conductivity
environmental quality

Bio-based plaster for improved indoor air quality

Maskell, D., Ferreira Pinto Da Silva, C., Mower, K., Cheta, R., Dengel, A., Ball, R., Ansell, M., Thomson, A., Peter, U. & Walker, P., 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Volatile organic compounds
Air quality


The Structural Performance of Non-metallic Timber Connections

Author: Thomson, A., 1 Jan 2010

Supervisor: Harris, R. (Supervisor), Walker, P. (Supervisor) & Ansell, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD