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Adrian Tagg

Portrait of Adrian Tagg, Associate Professor in Building Surveying at the University of Reading
  • Lead for Building Surveying
  • School Placement Officer and Employability Lead.

Areas of interest

Technical due diligence, building pathology and inclusive environments.

Research centres and groups

Breaking Down Barriers (BdB)


Having first served in the Royal Air Force for seven years as a radar technician, I enrolled as a Building Surveying undergraduate at The Nottingham Trent University, graduating in the summer of 2000 with a year in practice. 

Following graduation, I have worked in London, Germany and for 11 years in Brussels; gaining professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2000.

In January 2015, I became the Lead for Building Surveying at the University of Reading, where I lecture in building pathology and commercial surveying practice. I am also the Placement Officer and Employability Lead for the School of The Built Environment.

I retain part of my time working in practice, which I achieve with my own consultancy firm Tech DD Ltd. I have generally had a wide range of surveying experience in multidisciplinary environments, but have become more a specialist in "pure" building surveying and building pathology. For 11 years I have worked almost solely in the delivery of technical due diligence to international investors making acquisitions in Belgium and Luxembourg.

I have been a guest speaker for RICS Europe and guest lectured at the University of West England (UWE) in Bristol. I am also the author for the Due Diligence section of the RICS Isurv website.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Hons (The Nottingham Trent University)

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • Managing Director of Tech DD Ltd (Building Surveying Consultancy).


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