School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr John Kamara

Reader in Architectural Management



My background is in the general area of construction and informatics. My first degree in civil engineering has been supplemented with further studies in development, architecture (housing studies), academic practice, and research into construction project processes, technologies and management. My practice experience includes building procurement, and project development and management. In academia and management. 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):Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management (ARB/RIBA Part 3);

Chair of Board of Examiners and PEC Committee (Archiecture);

Member, School EDI Committee

Member, HaSS Faculty Ethics Committee

HaSS Faculty Programme Liaison Officer (FPLO) for CASAP/NEPS, and PSA (Professional Standards Adviser) for UKPSF Experiential Route

Member, University Student Disciplinary Panel




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

Architectural Informatics and Management with respect to the capture, processing and representation of client requirements for building projects; 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 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);
  • the feed in of design/construction information into facilities management; 
  • redefining the concept of building performance (to go beyond just thermal/energy performance); 
  • the capture of as-built information in a BIM environment;
  • reflective practice (learning from doing and from buildings through post-occupancy evaluation)

Change Futures in Buildings, Adaptable/Resilient Buildings, and Sustainable Construction in relation to how buildings change over time and the interrelated factors (e.g. social, economic and environmental) that trigger these changes; how these triggers change over time and what kinds of responses (design or otherwise) that are required to ensure and enhance the resilience and adaptability of the buildings of the future; the processes and outcomes for a sustainable built environment. Current interests include:

  • building adaptability for sustainability
  • understanding how the interrelationships between the components of the built environment system affect the resilience and adaptability of buildings
  • developing analytical models for interactively analysing the interrelationships between different built environment systems
  • development of an adaptability rating system for buildings

Postgraduate Supervision

Architectural Informatics and Management

Resilience and Adaptability of Buildings

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

Knowledge and information management

Reflective Practice and Post-Occupancy Evaluation

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

Guest Editor, Special Issue on Sustainable Constriction, and Building Resilience and Adaptability for Sustainability, Sustainability (MDPI Open Access Journal) (

Guest Editor, Special Issue on Building Adaptability, International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vol 35, No 4 (

Member, Editorial Board, Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCON) (
Guest Editor, ITCon special Issue on Architectural Informatics, 2006 (

Member, Editorial Review Board, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Engineering (ECAM) Journal

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

Contributions to: ARC3020 (Introduction to Architecture); ARC3060 (Dissertation Studies)

Postgraduate Teaching

ARC7068 Service Delivery and Practice Management

ARC7069 Legal Framework and Building Procurement

ARC7070 Professional Development and Reflection

ARC8084 Architectural Practice