Paul studied at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), gaining a First Class degree (RIBA Part I), and a distinction in his second degree in architecture (RIBA Part II) and qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1998. He is also has a Doctorate of Education. Prior to teaching at Northumbria University, Paul taught in studio at the MSA, whilst also working in practice as an architect, specialising in sustainable architecture.
Paul’s research expertise is in: teaching, design, design process and creativity- contributing to the university’s Research Assessment Framework (2008) and Research Excellence Framework (2014). He has had outstanding success in international design competitions, winning- or being placed- in 12 out of the 18 he has entered. This success has led to important building commissions and exhibitions. He has had his design work exhibited in prestigious venues around the world, including the Lincoln Centre New York, and the Palazzo Isimbardi in Milan. He has directed his students to numerous awards and commendations, both at Northumbria and at his previous institution.
Paul was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2011 for his contribution to architectural education; this accolade is the most prestigious in Higher Education, given for teaching excellence. Only 50 out of 180000 academics receive this fellowship each year. As well as being a National Teaching Fellow, Paul is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA); an academic member of the RIBA Education Committee; a Chair of RIBA Visiting Boards; a member of SCHOSA (Standing Council of Heads of Schools of Architecture); and a Reviewer for the HEA. He is also the external examiner at Kingston and Portsmouth Schools of Architecture.
In his spare time Paul enjoys watching football and also likes to paint and draw. He regularly visits his brother, who lives in Barcelona; he designed his brother’s house and regularly visits him with the family to take advantage of the sunshine, the great architecture and the nightlife.