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Dr John Harding

BSc Architecture Admissions Tutor



Building location

L05 London Road Campus

Areas of interest

  • Computational Design.
  • Architectural Structures.
  • Decarbonisation & Biomaterials.
  • Evolutionary Design.
  • Machine Learning / AI



  • AAMAT - Architectural Technologies (MArch).
  • AA3SCA - Construction Technology: Integration (Year 3, BSc).

Contributing to:

  • AA1DS1 - Architecture and Design - An Introduction to Studio.
  • AA1DS2 - Architecture and Design - An Introduction to Site.
  • AA1STI - Construction Technology: an Introduction.
  • AA2STC - Construction Technology: Core Studies.
  • AA3HTA - History and Theory of Architecture: Critical writing.
  • AAMRM2 - Research Methods 2.


Having practiced within both architecture and structural engineering, his current research investigates how computational methods can foster new ways of working between both disciplines. Doctoral work at The University of Bath led to the foundation of the computational design team at Ramboll UK, which he subsequently led before moving to academia. He currently teaches architectural technology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at Reading, with a strong focus on digital strategies that lower embodied carbon within the context of the climate emergency.

Academic qualifications

2017 - PGCert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

2015 - EngD, The University of Bath, UK.

2011 - BA (Hons) Mathematics, The Open University, UK.

2008 - MSc Architecture: Computing and Design, University of East London, UK.

2002 - BSc (Hons) General Architectural Studies, University of Bath, UK.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS).
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association (HEA).


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