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David Adamson

David Adamson



David Adamson is a consultant in sustainable construction. He lectures in the USA and elsewhere on sustainable construction, and is an honorary Fellow of RIBA and a Fellow of ICE. He is currently President of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. David has been a Visiting Professor at the University of West of England since 1998 and of UCL since 2008. He is a Senior Fellow of Design Futures Council (USA).

David was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1963. He graduated from King's College, Cambridge in 1967, in electronic subjects and then worked in Laos and Thailand as an interpreter and engineer for development projects. He took a postgraduate Diploma in Construction Materials and lectured between 1969-1972 in Geology and Statistics. David was involved in research in high-speed water flow and dam construction in Australia between 1972-1974 and was then project manager for a tunnelling project. He took a year's management course, and was then seconded as a Government advisor in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe after the civil war, before serving as commander of an Engineer Regiment in the army. He was an Assistant Scientific Advisor to NATO, Brussels, 1985-1987 and University Bursar at University of Bristol between 1987-1998. As Director of Estates at the University of Cambridge between 1998-2005, David was responsible for infrastructural planning, capital development and maintenance of the estate. He then worked for 16 months in Government, responsible for procurement policy for construction of central and local Government buildings and infrastructure as Director of Construction Policy in HM Treasury, OGC. David was until recently a member of various national committees for construction, management, training and research including CITB and was formerly Chairman of the Construction Industry Council for East England.