John Counsell BArch MSc

 

Screen-shot-2011-06-14-at-12.52.01-150x100.pngPrincipal Lecturer / Head of Masters Studies
e: jcounsell@cardiffmet.ac.uk
t: 02920 201556



Specialist Subject Areas

Architectural Design Web Browser interfaces to, and 3D Geographic Information Systems Building Information Modelling and Integrated Project Delivery Architectural Heritage and Conservation Sustainable and Ecological design of buildings and their Contexts

Qualifications

BSc in Architectural Studies, RIBA Part 1 BA in Architecture – RIBA part II RIBA Part III Registered Architect MSc in Building Science

Biography

I was born in Somerset, but grew up in Northern Nigeria. My parents then moved to India in the Diplomatic Service, where I spent school holidays from the age of 12 to 18. I trained at the Welsh School of Architecture. I then worked in general architectural practice in Somerset County Architects Department, and in Conservation (in the associated Planning Dept), for 6 years.

I constructed a 4×4 motor caravan and travelled to the Middle East. At this time I became interested in and began designing Passive Solar buildings in my architectural practice from 1981 onwards, both in the United Kingdom, and for the Bahrain Petroleum Co in Bahrain, particularly the 1983-84 new Refinery Training Centre. As a result I became an early adopter of 3D digital modelling and simulation of buildings in 1985. My subsequent interests and employment in this new field led into staff training and then as a result into education.

I became a partner in an Architectural Practice in 1989. During this period I undertook early development of 3D CAD based Building Information Modelling for Westbury Homes PLC from 1990 to 1994. I trained some 70 of their architectural technology staff in this practice. The systems developed the detailed 3D construction of buildings, landscapes, roads, and drainage, to automate costing, drawing output, and integrate with downstream MIS. I became increasingly interested in education, as a result of this training experience. So I moved from practice into teaching and research at UWE, Bristol from 1995. In 2008 I moved to Cardiff School of Art and Design, closer to home.

Current research

There has been a unifying theme running through the research and consultancy that I have undertaken at UWE, Bristol and more recently at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC). The theme is that of Design Decision Support Systems. The systems are based on ICT, but this is a tool for design support and not an end in itself. I have also engaged in research on and published about:

• Technology Enhanced Learning and Web Collaboration Research

• Optimising the use of resources, remote sensing and use of real-time data

• Urban Modelling, CAD, GIS and Conservation

At UWIC (Cardiff Metropolitan University) I have obtained funding for:

• Solibri automated code compliance checking software to examine how to adapt this software to deploy the newly devolved Welsh Building Regulations.

• Design Builder building performance simulation software for teaching and consultancy.

• Faro Laser Scanner and software for accurately recording existing buildings and structures prior to use in Building Information Modelling

Principal Publications and/or Exhibitions

Click here to view John’s papers and publications on Cardiff Metropolitan University’s DSpace repository.

Holmes, D. Taylor, T. Counsell, J. (2014) Tree Planting: A Bio-Climatic Approach to Summertime Over-Heating in Social Housing, South Wales (UK). In Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) Birmingham, UK , 2-3 April, 2014.

Taylor, T., Counsell, J. & Gill, S. (2014). Combining thermography and computer simulation to identify and assess insulation defects in the construction of building façades. Energy and Buildings, 76, p.130–142.

Holmes, D. Taylor, T. Counsell, J. (2013) Micro-climate modification and potential for reduction in summertime over-heating in social housing, South Wales (UK) in 34th AIVC – 3rd TightVent – 2nd Cool Roofs – 1st venticool Conference – Athens, Greece – 25-26 September 2013 [online at] www.aivc.org/resources/collection-papers/volume/34th-aivc-3rd-tightvent-2nd-cool-roofs-1st-venticool-conference

Taylor, T., Counsell, J. & Gill, S. (2013). Energy efficiency is more than skin deep: Improving construction quality control in new-build housing using thermography. Energy and Buildings, 66, pp.222–231.

Taylor, T., Counsell, J., Gill, S. & Oakley, G. (2013). Assessing the severity of workmanship defects using thermography and 2-D and 3-D heat transfer models. In SB13 Graz Sustainable Building Conference, 25-28 September 2013, Graz, Austria. pp. 1342–1352.

J. Hopper, J.R.L. Littlewood, T. Taylor, J.A.M. Counsell, A.M. Thomas, G. Karani, A. Geens & N.I. Evans (2012). Assessing retrofitted external wall insulation using infrared thermography. Structural Survey, 30(3), pp.245–266

Taylor, T. Counsell, J. Geens, A. Gill, S. Oakley, G. 2012 “‘Checking “fabric first” really works: in-construction tests using thermography’ in proceedings of AIVC-Tightvent Conference Denmark, Oct 2012.

Hatherley, S. Littlewood, J. Counsell, J. Geens, A. Sinnett, N. Cole, W. 2012 “TWO APPROACHES TO DEVELOPING LOW CARBON DWELLINGS IN WEST WALES” in proceedings of ZEMCH 2012 International Conference Glasgow August 2012

Counsell, J. 2012 “Beyond Level 2 BIM, Web Portals and Collaboration Tools” in proceedings of International Conference Built-Viz – IV 2012 Montpellier France July 2012.

Holmes, D. Counsell, J. Geens, A. 2012 ““The importance of micro-climate modification for adaptation of Welsh housing to climate change”” in proceedings of International Conference Built-Viz – IV 2012 Montpellier France July 2012

FOX, C. LITTLEWOOD, J. COUNSELL, J 2011. An analysis of the visioning process of the Inner City Community Sustainable Swansea project. Submitted to the World Sustainable Building Conference 18 – 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland

HOLMES, D. COUNSELL, J. LITTLEWOOD, J. GEENS, A. DAVIES, G. 2011. An exploration of low carbon and ecological dwellings, for the social housing sector in Wales, UK.. Submitted to the World Sustainable Building Conference 18 – 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland

HOPPER, J. LITTLEWOOD, J. GEENS, A. FOX, C. COUNSELL, J. THOMAS, A. 2011. Developing a methodology for monitoring and evaluating improvements to existing dwellings in deprived areas of Wales. 2011. Submitted to the World Sustainable Building Conference 18 – 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland

HATHERLEY, S. LITTLEWOOD, J. COUNSELL, J. GEENS, A. SINNET, N. COLE, W. 2011 An exploration of the challenges facing developers of affordable dwellings following low carbon and ecological principles, in rural locations in Wales.. 2011. Submitted to the World Sustainable Building Conference 18 – 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland

TAYLOR, T. LITTLEWOOD, J. GEENS, A. COUNSELL, J. Building evaluation techniques for low carbon apartment buildings: the results of a post-occupancy evaluation study in Swansea, UK. 2011. Submitted to the World Sustainable Building Conference 18 – 21 October, 2011 Helsinki, Finland

TAYLOR, T. LITTLEWOOD, J. GOODHEW, S. GEENS, A. COUNSELL, J. HOPPER, J. BLANCH, T. SHARP. D. 2011. In-construction testing of the thermal performance of dwellings using thermography. In proceedings of Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB’11 Marseilles, France 1 – 3 June 2011 COUNSELL, J. “Some Drivers towards 3D Digital Masterplan Visualisation in the UK”, in BuiltViz11: International Conference Visualisation in Built and Rural Environments. Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society, California, July 2011, London.

TAYLOR, T. LITTLEWOOD, J, R. GEENS, A, J. COUNSELL, J. A. PETTIFOR, G. 2010. The road to zero carbon housing in Wales: monitoring the performance of the Swansea ‘Pathfinder’ residential schemes. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Annual COBRA Conference, Dauphine Universitaire, Paris, France, 2-3 September.

COUNSELL, J 2010 ““Models, mark-up, commentary and attention” BuiltViz10: International Conference Visualisation in Built and Rural Environments. Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society, California, July 2010, London.

Counsell, J. Gillard, A. Littlewood, J. 2009 “The Atlantic College case study – measuring performance to evaluate building simulation and enhance student learning” in proceedings of BuiltViz 2009, Barcelona, published by the IEEE Computer Society, California, July 2009. Lead Author Counsell.

Counsell, J. Whyman, A. Evans, N. 2009 “Web-mediated Student Peer Group Assessment of Building Information Modelling Performance” in proceedings of BuiltViz 2009, Barcelona, published by the IEEE Computer Society, California, July 2009. Lead Author Counsell.

Counsell, J. Richman, A. Holding, A. 2009. “Evaluation of 3D Visualisation in the Virtual Environmental Planning systems Project” in proceedings of BuiltViz 2009, Barcelona, published by the IEEE Computer Society, California, July 2009. Lead Author Counsell.

Littlewood, J. Counsell, J. Gillard, A. 2009 “modelling, simulating and monitoring the thermal performance and climatic data for the Atlantic College student accommodation” in proceedings of the Detail Design in Architecture 8 -Translating Sustainable Design into Sustainable Construction, Conference 2009, at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. ISBN 978-1-905617-93-7.

Counsell, J. Littlewood, J. Arayici, Y. Hamilton, A. Dixey, A, Nash, G. Richman, A. 2008 “Future Proofing, Recording and Tagging Historical Buildings: a Pilot Study in Wales, UK” Lead Author Counsell.

Gillard, A. Counsell, J, Littlewood, J. 2008 “The Atlantic College case study – exploring the use of BIM for the sustainable design and maintenance of property” in the proceedings of the 2008 RICS Research Cobra Conference, DIT, Dublin. Lead Author Counsell.

Puybaraud MC, Counsell, J 2007;’ Visible Display of Automated Observation of Collaborative Workspaces’ in proceedings of BuiltViz July 2007 ETH Zurich.

Counsell, J Bates-Brkljac N, Smith S, 2007; ‘Collaborative Web-Based 3D Masterplanning’ Workspaces’ in proceedings of BuiltViz July 2007 ETH Zurich.

Bates-Brkljac N, Counsell, J. ‘Issues in use of computer visualisation of large-scale urban developments as planning support tools’ in proceedings of REAL CORP 07, the 12th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, Vienna, May 2007.Wang, H. Hamilton, A. Counsell, J. Tah, J. 2007 ‘A web-based framework for urban data sharing and dynamic integration’ in ACE: the online Journal of Architecture City and Environment, published by the Polytechnic University of Cataluna, 2007. http://upcommons.upc.edu/revistes/handle/2099/3146 ISSN: 1886-4805

Bates-Brkljac N, Counsell J. Smith S. ‘Web VR based collaborative modelling and discussion tools for master planning – the VEPs project’ in ACE: the Journal of Architecture City and Environment, published by the Polytechnic University of Cataluna. http://upcommons.upc.edu/revistes/handle/2099/3150 ISSN: 1886-4805

Counsell, J. 2005. ‘‘An approach to adding value while recording historic gardens and landscapes’ Chapter 19 (pp 175 – 185) in book ‘Digital Applications for Cultural and Heritage Institutions’ ed Hemsley JR, Cappelini V, Stanke G, published by Ashgate 2005. ISBN: 0-7546-3359 4.

Counsell, J. Bates-Brkljac, N. Smith, S. 2004. ‘GIS based Urban Information Systems as a basis for the generation of complex 3D VRML models’, in Studies in Regional and Urban Planning ISSN 106-2606 Issue 10 August 2004. pp 129-139. Lead Author Counsell,

Counsell, J, 2000: ‘The management and visualisation of 3- dimensional models using a spatial database’ in International Journal of Computer Integrated Design and Construction, Volume 2 Issue 4 November 2000, pp225-235.

Counsell, J. Worthing, D. 1999 ‘Issues arising from Computer Based Recording of Heritage Sites ‘, Vol 17, No 4. Structural Survey Journal, 1999.pp 200-211. Received the award for excellence 2000 for the Structural Survey outstanding paper.

Enterprise Projects and/or Industrial links

At UWIC/Cardiff Metropolitan University I have obtained funding for:

• Work with CADW on Heritage Cottage Cwmdare, to fully record its performance at key stages from: its long unused state; thorough repair; sensitive refurbishment; occupation and use.

• Work funded by Cardiff City, Welsh Government and the TSB, on a prototype for internal wall insulation using ‘bio-based’ materials with particular vapour permeability, hygrothermal and Hydrophilic properties.

• Welsh Assembly Government funded CPD development project (Strategic Insight Programme funding) with CADW focused on the information requirements for Heritage related Building Information Modelling (HBIM) and long term asset (facilities) management.

• Welsh Assembly Government funded CPD development project (Strategic Insight Programme funding) with the Royal Society of Architects Wales, and the BRE Wales leading to a 4 day pilot course and assessed CPD in sustainable design for practicing welsh architects.

• Similar Strategic Insight Programme funded project with Bron Afon Housing Association examining current refurbishment issues with moves to low carbon.

• Remote monitoring of the performance of a newly sustainably refurbished accommodation block at Atlantic College, to be able to compare the actual performance with the design aspiration of achieving Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.

Modules Taught

Supervision of Doctoral Research (titles or broad areas of investigation)

1. David Holmes, KESS funded PhD with United Welsh Housing Association focused on future sustainable design guidance for new housing developments.

2. Tim Taylor, KESS funded PhD with Coastal Housing Group, focused on post occupancy evaluation and enhancement of procurement of apartment buildings.

3. Joanne Hopper, KESS funded PhD with Coastal Housing Group, focused on post refurbishment evaluation of ARBED funded housing stock enhancements.

4. Simon Hatherley, KESS funded PhD with Pembroke Housing Association, focused on identifying the different needs for funding and strategy in enhancing existing and procuring new rural housing stock.

5. Horiatu-Cristian Cojan. Fully funded PhD studies by Bron Afon Community Housing, focused on ‘Innovative housing models for a sustainable future’ and jointly supervised with the School of Health Sciences.