School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr John Kamara

Senior Lecturer



My background is in the general area of construction and informatics. My first degree in civil engineering has been supplemented with further training and education in development studies, architecture (housing studies), academic practice, and research into construction processes and technologies. My practice experience includes building procurement, and project development and management. In academia, I have experience of course development and management, research leadership and management, and general leadership and administration. I have maintained contact with industry through collaborative research projects and ongoing consultancy services.

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director and Professional Studies Adviser (PSA): Graduate Certificate in Architectural Practice & Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management (ARB/RIBA Part 3); HaSS Faculty Programme Liaison Officer (FPLO) for CASAP, and PSA (Professional Standards Adviser) for UKPSF Experiential Route




Chartered Institute of Building 

Higher Education Academy

Honours and Awards

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Royal Academy of Engineering

Newcastle Institute for Sustainability


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Project Development with respect to the capture, processing and representation of client requirements for building projects. Current interests and research in this area include: the impacts in early project decisions on project outcomes (beyond cost, time and quality) and in the development of client requirements oriented project process (e.g. in BIM).

Building Lifecycle Integration and Performance in relation to the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the development and adaptation of techniques and processes (e.g. concurrent engineering in construction, knowledge/information management) to facilitate collaboration and integration in the creation and management of buildings over their lifecycle. Current interests include: the feed in of design/construction information into facilities management, redefining the concept of building performance (to go beyond just thermal/energy performance) and the capture of as-built information in a BIM environment.

Sustainable Construction with respect to the processes and outcomes for a sustainable built environment. Current interest and research is in the area of building adaptability for sustainability, in particular, the development of an adaptability rating system for buildings.

Other Expertise

Registered Facilitator for the Design Quality Indicator (DQI) (

Postgraduate Supervision

Project development and management (e.g. briefing, procurement)

Knowledge and information management

General area of the use of ICT in architecture/construction, particularly in the early stages of a project
Design Management and Quality
User perspectives on the use of ICT
Development of improved business processes for construction operations (e.g. workflow modelling, process modelling, information modelling)

Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Intelligent buildings
Sustainable Design and Construction

Esteem Indicators

Member, EPSRC Peer Review College
Member, Editorial Board, Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCON) (
Guest Editor, ITCon special Issue on Architectural Informatics, 2006 (
Member, Editorial Board, Architectural Engineering and Design Management Journal
Coordinator, CIB (International Council for Building Research and Innovation) Task Group (TG33) on Collaborative Engineering (2003-2007)
Reviewer for EPSRC research proposals, and several journals and conferences


Undergraduate Teaching

ARC3014 Professional Practice and Management
ARC4020 Architecture in Practice
ARC4021 Professional Development
ARC4022 Special Project

Postgraduate Teaching

ARC7068 Service Delivery and Practice Management

ARC7069 Legal Framework and Building Procurement

ARC7070 Professional Development and Reflection

ARC8061 Architecture & Construction: Process & Management