Andrew Harbert

Job title
Falmouth Campus Technical & Facilities Manager
01326 370490

Andy trained as an architect, culminating in an MA in Architecture (Design and Theory) in 1995. For the next ten years he worked across Europe on a range of projects, from monster retail and distribution sheds (not selling monsters - just huge), very large-scale advertising, and medium-sized houses and offices to the design of smaller items such as a door handle. All projects had the user and the context as key factors in design - working with people and place. These are also his principles for education: working with people through dialogue and reflection and never taking anything or anyone for granted. The range of personalities found in the world of architecture and construction created an interesting journey and an amazing learning experience, one he is nearly recovered from.

As of 22 September 2005, not that he is counting, he decided to become a full-time academic at Falmouth, accepting the role of course leader for BA(Hons) Spatial Design: Interior and Landscape. He has previously worked as a tutor in Architecture and Interior Design on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, has been course leader for an MA in Interior Design, and taught in Singapore and Hong Kong. Moving to the full-time position of course leader for the Design Centre MA courses at Falmouth in September 2008, he aimed to prove his belief that the potential for design evolution at postgraduate level is firmly rooted in disproving the old cliche that you 'cannot teach an old dog new tricks', especially as he heads towards being placed in the old dog category.

He currently is head of academic planning for the University, engaging in strategic projects and developments of new and existing courses, including our new FdA with Bodmin College. He provides academic input into the design and development of key student facing systems and processes such as timetabling, personal tutoring, resource management, attendance monitoring, and ensure that the implementation enhances student experience and organisational efficiency and operation. He works alongside the director of estates and contribute to the development of the University Estates Strategy, ensuring we bind together the academic portfolio with estates facilities, resources and development plans. He also works alongside the regstrar & director of student information to provide an academic lead on the development of a University academic calendar of key institutional events, that ensures appropriate sequencing and delivery of the academic year. Andy continues to contribute to the delivery and development of the BA(Hons) Architecture course he led the development of in 2014, and the process of prescription and professional accreditation. 


YearQualificationAwarding body
BA(Hons) Architecture
Leicester School of Architecture
MA Architecture
Birmingham School of Architecture
NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Membership of external committees

Andy is the current chair of the Fabric Advisory Committee for Truro Cathedral.

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Andy's research interests lie in design that responds to the wider social and geographical notion of peripherality and identity, genius loci, and, as an evolution from his own postgraduate studies, design for the heritage and museum sectors

Research centre and group affiliations

Articulating Space

Research topics

Heritage and Museums
Digital Fabrication

Research outputs

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category

Research students

Current research students


Previous student supervision

Clare Wardman


Areas of teaching

design process
design theory
user centred design
site specific design
historical context and contemporary design

Courses taught

Andrew has contributed to delivery of BA(Hons) Architecture and has contributed to delivery across Design courses

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Andy sits on the Fabric Advisory Committee for Truro Cathedral, and was previously on the Board of Cornwall Building Preservation Trust. The latter undertakes projects to protect buildings at risk within Cornwall which will potentially be outside of commercial or private interest. An example is the Grade 1 listed Duchy Palace, Lostwithiel, which was recently restored and regenerated in conjunction with the Prince's Regeneration Trust.

Business engagement

Business engagement case studies

Consultancy and facility services

Andy supported the recent HLF bid for Truro Cathedral's Inspire project, with particular emphasis upon Education and Interpretation.
He actively engages with local businesses and organisations in the development of projects and events.

Professional engagement