Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Professor Michael Dickson CBE

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PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Structural Design
  • Sustainability
  • Design in Timber

Professor Michael Dickson CBE



Michael is a Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering where he delivers a course in Architectural Structures to final year engineers. He brings with him 45 years experience of International Engineering Consultancy in Building Design and Construction.

Michael studied Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University, UK and has an MSc (1968) in Structural Engineering with Town Planning from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

He is a Founding Partner of Buro Happold and was Chairman from 1996 - 2005. Buro Happold is an international multidisciplinary engineering and consultancy practice with offices in the UK, Europe, Middle and Far East and in the US in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco. Since 2006, he continues as a Senior Consultant to Buro Happold and is the Chairman of the Happold Trust, a registered charity that promotes education, research and training in the Built Environment.

In 2010 he was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Construction and Design, Innsbruck University and in March 2012 he was an invited speaker at MIT Boston’s conference: ‘Wood for 21st Century Architecture and Conservation’. He chaired the Institution of Structural Engineers task group: ‘Building for a Sustainable Future: Construction without Depletion’ 1999 and the Institution of Civil Engineers task group for the conference: ‘Innovate to Survive-Engineering for a One Planet World’, London, June 2010.

From 2000-2002 he was chairman of the UK Construction Industry Council and from 2002-2004 of the Construction Research and Strategy panel and in 2005/6 he was the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Michael was elected Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1999 and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2001. He was awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to engineering and in 2007 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bath.

Michael chairs the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering Industrial Liaison Panel. He is Chair of the Limesnet Management Board 2011-2012. Michael was also Chair of Construction Innovation Strategy Panel (nCRISP) 2002-2004.