Des Fagan

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Des Fagan is an British architect, academic, author and the Inaugural Head of Architecture[1] (2019-) at the Lancaster School of Architecture in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. He has contributed books and publications[2] to the subjects of Parametric design, Machine learning and Optimisation in the field of Architecture. He is known for his work on the developing area of Artificial intelligence within the field of Architecture,[3] in relation to it's impact on Authorship and the Intellectual property of the Architect.

He is the Independent Adviser to and an ex-officio member of the Prescription Committee, and External Advisor[4] to the Architects Registration Board (2018-). In this role, he advises the statutory body on the educational programmes of all UK Schools of Architecture, Architects (Registration) Act, 1931.

At Lancaster University, he pioneers the use of Algorithms[5] using Parametric Software Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper 3D. In 2020, he devised a method to generate automated internal building plans to comply with Social distancing measures as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic[6].

Early Life

He attended Bishop Milner High School in Dudley, West Midlands. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Nottingham in 2000 and a Master of Architecture from Edinburgh University in 2003, qualifying as an Architect in 2006.


As an Architect, he has worked for Reiach and Hall Architects (2004-2005), SimpsonHaugh and Partners (2005-2008) Zaha Hadid Architects (2008-2009) and Glenn Howells Architects (2009-2010). Key projects he worked upon include the London 2012 Olympic Village, winner of the 2012 British Precast Concrete Federation Creativity in Concrete Award, the Riverside Museum, winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award [7] and the Arts Building at the University of St Andrews, winner of the 2007 Scottish Design Awards Best Public Building [8].

He taught at the Leeds School of Architecture (2010-2015) as the Head of Undergraduate Studies before moving to the University of Central Lancashire as a Principal Lecturer and Academic Leader for Architectural Studies (2015-2019).

Whilst at UCLan, he founded Design Research North (2016-2019), an architecture research and consultancy group. The group completed several projects which pioneered the use of Mathematical optimization in the field of community and industry collaborative design, including the Modular Back to Back House [9] and the Hybrid High Street Charity Shop [10]

Partial Bibliography

Books Urban Evolutionary Morphology: The Vestige City, Infra Press, Leeds [11]

Datascape, An Infographic Study of a City, Infra Press, Leeds [12]


  1. "Lancaster University - Des Fagan". Lancaster University. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Research Profiles List". Research Profiles at Lancaster University. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "UKRI Website - Generative Social Distancing Design on Trial". United Kingdom Research Institute (UKRI) Research Funders. 14 December 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Architects Registration Board". Architects Registration Board (ARB). 7 March 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Groundbreaking social distancing system being pioneered at Lancaster University's Health Innovation Campus-". Lancaster Guardian. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "New model leads the way to safe social distancing in Lancaster". Lancaster Guardian. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "European Museum of the Year Award". Bustler - The Leading Architecture Platform for News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "University of St. Andrews Arts Faculty Building Wards". St. Andrews University Website. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "The Module Back to Back House - NASCBA Competition Winning Entry". Design Research North. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "The Hybrid High Street Shop". Design Research North. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Fagan, Des (2012). Urban Evolutionary Morphology. Leeds: Infra Press. ISBN 978-1-908562-08-1.
  12. Fagan, Des (2012). Datascape: An Datascape - An Infographic Study of Macclesfield. Leeds: Infra Press. ISBN 978-1-908562-06-7.

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