Sean is director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction and Professor of Construction Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University. The institute hosts expert centres involving smart cities, offsite construction, timber technologies, wood science and energy performance. He specializes in building performance, new construction systems and offsite construction.
He has undertaken research for eight different UK and Scottish government departments in relation to housing construction and building standards and serves on industry leadership groups and advisory boards.
He also lecturers on research and innovation for the BSc and MSc in Architectural Technology. He has led successful multi-applied research projects, which have twice been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for innovative housing and sustainable construction. Over 900,000 UK homes have incorporated his technical specifications and innovative approaches. During 2009-14 he led the low carbon building technologies gateway supporting with his colleagues over 200 new products and systems to market.
In 2016 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for the positive impact of his work on housing and quality of life.