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Stephen Emmitt is an architect with industrial experience of implementing effective design management. His research and teaching interests cover the interface between design and construction and collaborative working. He has published widely and is Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

He is also the Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA).


Stephen studied architecture at the University of Brighton and worked primarily as a design manager in architectural practices in Hampshire and Greater Manchester before taking up an academic position.

As a design manager he was responsible for introducing process innovations at the business and project level to improve efficiency and effectiveness. This practical experience underpins his research and teaching interests in collaborative working and improving the interface between the design and realisation phases.

Stephen’s passion for architecture and interest in innovation led to a part-time PhD at the University of Manchester School of Architecture where he applied the diffusion of innovations model to construction, focusing on the uptake of innovative materials and products by architects. It was his passion for research that resulted in a career change to a full-time academic position.

He was awarded his first chair in 2003 at the Technical University of Denmark (Hoffmann Professor of Innovation and Management in Building, 2003-2007) before moving back to the UK as Professor of Architectural Technology at Loughborough University and then to the University of Bath in May 2014. As Professor of Architectural Practice he is leading the new PhD by Practice, a part-time pathway for mid-career professionals to complete a practice-led PhD in their chosen field.


Stephen has developed a comprehensive research portfolio and forged two unique research areas – architectural management and architectural technology. Since 1994 he has been an active member of the CIB’s Working Group W096 Architectural Management and was a joint-coordinator of the network for five years.

In 1996 he initiated and has subsequently managed the Detail Design in Architecture (DDiA) international network, which focus on the importance of the architectural detail.

He has secured and managed research grants in the UK (EPSRC, TSB) and Europe (Erabuild) which include subjects such as the space between organisations, collaborative design management, lean construction and the industrialisation of construction. He is the author of 20 books covering design management and architectural technology, two of which have been translated into Chinese. Stephen’s work has been presented as keynote addresses at more than 20 international conferences.

The impact of his work was recognised in 2010 with the award of the Loughborough University enterprise award for a knowledge transfer partnership that delivered significant process and productivity improvements for a SME. Recent successful PhD supervisions have addressed lean construction, value creation in design projects, architectural management and architectural briefing.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Practice management
  • Design management
  • Collaborative working and BIM
  • Architectural detailing and specification
  • Innovation in process and product 

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Contractors Engineering & Materials Science
Studios Engineering & Materials Science
Innovation Engineering & Materials Science
Fires Engineering & Materials Science
learning Social Sciences
sustainability Social Sciences
pedagogics Social Sciences
Timber Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2017 2019

Minimising Energy in Construction (MEICON)

Emmitt, S. & Copping, A.


Project: Research council

Minimising Energy in Construction (MEICON)

Orr, J., Copping, A., Emmitt, S. & Ibell, T.


Project: Research council

Construction industry
Energy conservation
Energy utilization
Concrete buildings
Energy efficiency

Research Output 1997 2018

Beyond the third dimension of BIM: A systematic review of literature and assessment of professional views

Charef, R., Alaka, H. & Emmitt, S., 1 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Building Engineering. 19, p. 242-257 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sustainable development
European Union

Construction projects as mechanisms for knowledge integration: Mechanisms and effects when diffusing a systemic innovation

Lindgren, J., Emmitt, S. & Widen, K., 2 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. 10.1108/ECAM-02-2017-0022.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knowledge integration
Construction project


Emmitt, S., 4 Jul 2018, In : Architectural Engineering and Design Management. 14, 4, p. 255 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


Emmitt, S., 3 Sep 2018, In : Architectural Engineering and Design Management. 14, 5, p. 331-331

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fit for purpose? Sustainability and the design studio

Grover, R., Emmitt, S. & Copping, A., 12 Sep 2018, p. 257-268. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access


A Framework for Learning: Typology and the Design Studio

Author: Grover, R., 23 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Emmitt, S. (Supervisor) & Copping, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


Development of an impact assessment tool for demolition

Author: Kunieda, Y., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Emmitt, S. (Supervisor) & Codinhoto, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD