Professor Steve Garrity

The University of Leeds was the first in the UK to provide an undergraduate programme in Architectural Engineering. There are now many Leeds “Arch Eng” graduates holding very senior positions in the construction industry, in particular in multi-disciplinary design practices. In my role as the Hoffman Wood Professor, I am responsible for leading developments in architectural engineering in the School of Civil Engineering. The programme helps our students to develop their creative building design skills through the integration of the principles and practice of architecture, building physics and structural engineering.

I am an experienced academic specialising in the teaching of civil and structural engineering design. I have led and developed a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in civil and structural engineering at three different UK universities. I am a chartered civil engineer (CEng, MICE), a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE), a Fellow of the International Masonry Society (FIMS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (FCIHT). I have spent a number of years as a practising engineer in industry working for a large engineering consultancy, a major highway authority and have run my own specialist consultancy gaining experience in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore as well as the UK. I currently chair the main degree accreditation body for civil engineering programmes in the UK (the Joint Board of Moderators) and I am also a member of the Accreditation Board of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. I was honoured with IStructE’s Lewis Kent award in 2004 for my work in developing the qualifying routes for professionally qualified structural engineers.

My research interests are focussed on ways in which we can improve the reliability, robustness and resilience of structures with a special interest in masonry and concrete buildings and bridges. I gained the Babtie Premium award (CIHT) and the Sir Arnold Waters Medal (IStructE) for my papers on masonry highway structures and, in 1995, developed a new form of near-surface mounted reinforcement for masonry structures. The technique has since been used to extend the lives of many masonry arch bridges and similar structures and culminated in the Institution of Civil Engineers Historic Bridge and Infrastructure awards for the rehabilitation of Hungerford Canal Bridge and St Helena Road Bridge.

Working with a dedicated team of architects and engineers here at Leeds, all based in the same School, is not only very enjoyable but a great privilege! The benefits of working with such a team seems to rub off on our graduates who are in great demand for their creative building design skills.

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To find out more about my research activities, the students I am supervising and some of my recent publications, visit my staff page.

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