Ben Shirley

Ben Shirley
Teaching Fellow (Architectural Practice)

Ben describes himself to be a perpetual student of the built environment and sustainable construction practices. He began his career as a carpenter and joiner and during this time he worked one-to-one with the construction of buildings and understanding the mechanics and fabrication of the built environment. 

Later in his career, seeking new challenges, Ben studied his RIBA part 1 in architecture where he developed a deep understanding of design practices and procedures which will later prove to be invaluable in his professional development. 

After a significant period of time working in architectural practice, honing his skills, Ben started to investigate further into educational programmes that afforded the ability to gain a greater understanding of timber engineering and architecture. Ben later received a scholarship at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) to write, as part of his MRes, a thesis on developing a methodology to establish timber upskilling factory facilities. 

His studies lead him to the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT) where he applied his research into the development of the CATT factory facility. Ben now works full time at CATT as ‘Teaching Fellow of Architectural Practice’ where he is, above his research duties, teaching industry professionals the art and craft of timber construction, engineering, and design.