Staff profile

Graham Markwell

Senior Lecturer in Built Environment

Graham Markwell


Architectural Technologies and Interior Architecture


College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



As an Architect I have experienced many aspects of the construction / development industry from all different stand points, as both client and commissioned professional, as an employee and as an employer. With running my own practice I am still involved in the profession as a practitioner but now only on a small scale, working for established clients, this enables me to remain up to date with all of the developments and changes within the sector. 

Teaching responsibilities

In addition to my programme and subject leader roles, I also teach modules such as Property Development, Maintenance and Refurbishment, Technology & Structure and Environmental Design. I also run Level 5 & 6 Studio Design sessions and supervise Level 6 students on their Independent Studies. Valeria Carnevale and I also organise the Level 4 & 5 Field Trips to Scotland and Barcelona.

Professional interests

Research interests

I am involved in various stages of Retro-Tek (Transforming Empty Home through Sustainable Solutions) and Smart-Pod (Sustainable Modular Autonomous Reusable Transportable) modular building system projects.

Currently early stage of research into the Loss of the ‘Local’ public house.

Membership of professional bodies



Experience in industry

I have over 40 years of experience in various fields of architecture including Private Practice, Social Housing as a Senior Architect at a Housing Association, Local Government where I held the position of Senior Architect, then progressed to Principal Architect. In 1987 I formed my own practice which specialised in Nursing/Residential Homes and refurbishment/conversion works.

Since qualifying I have gained extensive experience in many aspects of architectural work, not only in design and technical knowledge, but also in building surveys, condition reports, site supervision, tendering and contract administration, planning appeals/inquiries, expert witness work (including representing clients in court), and development feasibility studies, as well as being involved in my own development projects.

Additional interests and activities

Clay pigeon shooting and the restoration of two classic cars occupies much of my spare time, but I do like to travel and visit notable/interesting buildings. The remaining spare time I have left is taken up by my membership of charitable organisations. 

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