Richard Buswell is a Reader in Building Energy Systems in the School of Civil and Building Engineering. Prior to his academic career he worked on a number of large construction projects including sports stadia and pharmaceutical laboratories for Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. His carreer has focused on building performance through the integration of building fabric and systems and as a mechanical engineer has made significant contributions to techniques for monitoring the performance of systems in real buildings. Over the past 11 years he has explored additive manufacturing processes and how these techniques can be used to produce unique building components that combine form with function.
Simon Austin is Professor of Structural Engineering in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. Prior to this he worked for Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners and Tarmac Construction. He has undertaken industry-focused research for over 30 years into the design process, integrated working, value management, structural materials and their design. The latter includes the behaviour and design of structural elements, sprayed and cast concretes and most recently additive manufacturing. Most of this research has been funded by the EPSRC with collaboration from industry and the findings disseminated in over 200 publications.
A strong believer in extending academic research in to practice, Simon has served on BSi and CEN committees, is a consultant member of trade associations and in 2001 co-founded Adept Management, a consultancy specializing in design and engineering management.