Job Role: Head of Sustainability
Paul is DLA’s Head of Sustainability. Working extensively in the higher education sector with clients who’s focus is set on achieving net zero carbon buildings has exposed him to a wide variety of building types and different low energy design solutions, and enabled him to develop the skills and insights necessary to support colleagues across DLA’s projects.
Drawing on years of experience working on construction detailing, spanning both new build and sensitive work to listed buildings, as well as his qualifications as a Passive House Certified Designer, he assumes responsibility for ensuring DLA buildings are designed and detailed to meet the very highest standards.
Always seeking to drive continuous improvement, Paul has also worked with academics at University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment to study embodied carbon within construction projects on campus, developing expertise which is now applied to early stage feasibility studies to assess the carbon cost of construction options, alongside the financial cost plan.
Paul’s completed projects include student residences, a £22 million capital project for Leeds Arts University’s delivered through a traditional contract, and multiple phases for Leeds University Business School culminating in Esther Simpson Building which is due to open for the 2021-22 academic year.
In his spare time Paul is a keen kayaker and does voluntary work for Amnesty International.
Favourite Design / Building:
His favourite buildings include the Ball Eastaway house by Glen Murcutt, and Camden Mews by Edward Cullinan, projects in which the materials used are cheap, but the quality of space and the dwellings relationship to their setting shines through.