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Professor 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
  • Rethinking engagement in urban design: reimagining the value of co-design and participation at every stage of planning for autonomous vehicles, Belkouri, D., Khairy, L., Laing, R., Lanng, D. 14 Jun 2024, In: Archnet-IJAR
  • Being there: capturing and conveying noisy slices of walking in the city, Belkouri, D., Lanng, D., Laing, R. 2 Nov 2022, In: Mobilities
  • Built Heritage Modelling and Visualisation: the potential to engage with issues of heritage value and wider participation, Laing, R. Jun 2020, In: Developments in the Built Environment

  • Triantafyllos Lathouras How do pocket parks affect the local real estate and the community? A Case Study in Manchester’s city center. Start Date: 27/06/2024
  • Ashley Van Huis Being in the city: visualising the experience of urban space Start Date: 14/02/2023

Ashley Van Huis Being in the city: visualising the experience of urban space Start Date: 14/02/2023

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

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