Dr Alan Forster

Profile

Lecturer

School of the Built Environment

Address:
  • Room G.25
    Edwin Chadwick Building
  • School of the Built Environment
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS
  • United Kingdom

Research profile

Roles and responsibilities

Teaching & Administration

A strong technological focus has been an important and constant feature of Alan’s work, and this is reflected in the nature of his teaching. Alan is currently responsible for delivering high quality teaching and learning for the following courses: ·        

  • Construction Technology 1 (D37TA)
  • Design Project 1 (D30YD)
  • Design Project 2 (D30YE)
  • Building & Contextual Investigation (D31BX)
  • Building Conservation Philosophy & Practice (D31CN)

Previous courses taught by Alan include; Construction Studies & Design 1 & 2 (2005-2007), Construction Technology 2 (2007– 2011), 1st year Integrative Design Project (2005-2010) & Building Surveying Design Portfolio (2007– 2011).

Alan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and prides himself on high quality teaching. This is reflected in receiving the previously outlined teaching and learning awards.

Alan’s academic administrative functions include; first year undergraduate student co-ordinator, and the MSc programme leader for the MSc/PgDip in Building Conservation (Technology & Management).

Further information

Awards

  • Sir Edmund Happold Senior Visiting Research Fellowship University of Bath (Summer 2011). Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering: Innovative Construction Materials research group.  Fellowship enabled the establishment of collaborative research at a fundamental level
  • Winner of the 2010 ‘Spirit of Heriot-Watt University award: Pursing Excellence category’ that is typified by  ‘always doing my best, exceeding customers expectations, being ambitious in my goals, and using my strengths’ http://www.hw.ac.uk/equality/Values/Values%20Index.htm
  • Winner of the graduating students’ prize for lecturer of the year (2010) by the Heriot-Watt Students Association.
  • Short listed for the graduating students’ prize for lecturer of the year (2009) by the Heriot Watt Students Association
  • Shortlisted for the Heriot-Watt University (2011) Student Union - Learning & Teaching Oscars for the ‘Switched on award’ that is typified by being ‘Exciting, enthusiastic & dynamic, makes the difficult, easy, relates material well, provides practical examples, feel for students, tailors material, adaptability’
  • Awarded the ‘Structural survey’, ‘outstanding journal paper award’ (2011) by Emerald Literati Network ’, for the paper entitled ‘Condition survey objectivity & philosophy driven masonry repair: An increased probability for project divergence?’ (main author)
  • Awarded the ‘Structural survey’, ‘outstanding journal paper award’ (2009) by Emerald Literati Network ’, for the paper entitled ‘Traditional cob wall: response to flooding’ (main author) http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?year=2009
  • Awarded the ‘Structural survey’, ‘Highly commended journal paper award’ (2011) by Emerald Literati Network ’, for the paper entitled ‘Building conservation philosophy for masonry repair: Part 2 ‘Principles’ (main author)