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Mr Alastair McDonald ARB RIBA FHEA FRSA

Director of Design Education

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Alastair is the Director of Design Education within the School of Engineering, Programme Lead of the Civil Engineering and Architecture course, and Director of the Design Show.

Innovative engineering graduates are central to developing sustainable solutions for our societies and environments.

He joined the University of Southampton having previously worked as an architect in professional practice, having held Associate and Project Architect positions on a wide range of projects varying in scale of development, type of construction, procurement procedures used, and for both public and private sectors. Projects have included private and social housing, retail, restaurants, cultural buildings, infrastructure and master-planning. He has undertaken Client Advisory work and detailed design within the education sector.

He studied Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, gaining RIBA Parts I, II and III. He is ARB registered and a chartered member of the RIBA. Specific areas of interest include the development of the processes of modelling, prototyping and fabrication in the realisation of successful design. He has organised and been involved in a number of speculative full scale design and construct projects intended to extend learning and foster innovative working relationships.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, and a member of the OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) Design, Technology & Engineering Consultative Forum.

Alastair was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2015, the IStructE Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award in 2018 and an Erskine Teaching Fellowship to the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2018.

A catalogue for this year’s Design Show can be found at

First Year design curriculum
Prototype: First Year design curriculum
First Year design curriculum
Prototype: First Year design curriculum
Second Year design curriculum
Full scale prototyping: Second Year design curriculum
First year design and make induction
MAKE_2014: First year design and make induction
Third year structural design
Third year structural design
Fourth year structural design
Fourth year structural design

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CENV1026 Design and Computing for Civil Engineers Module Lead
CENV2028 Design 2 Tutor
CENV3057 Urban Design Module Lead
FEEG2001 Systems Design and Computing Tutor
CENV3062 Architecture 3 Module Lead
CENV6160 Architectural Engineering Project Module Lead
CENV6159 Architectural Group Design Project Module Lead
FEEG6013 Group Design Project Tutor
Mr Alastair McDonald
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 25/3075

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