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School of the Built Environment

Chris J Pye

Lecturer in Construction Technology


Chris Pye is a lecturer in construction technology in the School of Science Engineering & Environment.  Chris lectures in the topics of building surveying and civil engineering and his areas of specialism include low and high rise construction technology and building pathology combined with maintenance management. Chris is research active in the area of built environment and sustainability and his research interests include building life cycle analysis, the application of building information modelling to listed buildings and the conservation of military structures and war memorials.

Prior to joining the University of Salford, Chris was a senior lecturer in building surveying at the University of Central Lancashire within the Construction and Civil Engineering (CCE) unit of the School of Engineering and was course leader for the BSc. (Hons.) Facilities Management degree in both the UK and in Oman and Hong Kong. Chris also led the FdSc Construction degree and was link tutor responsible for franchised construction related HNC’s and Foundation Degrees delivered by college partners.

Chris has seventeen years of industrial experience as a civil engineer and also as a building surveyor and has worked in both local government and private practice. Chris has experience of managing projects for both public and private clients in commercial and domestic construction projects and his industrial experience ranges from sea defence and highway engineering projects to building conservation of historic buildings, facilities management of offices and new build construction of schools, offices and houses.

Chris has published research papers on topics such as building information modelling, building energy efficiency and life cycle costing for sustainable buildings and has completed pedagogic research into the use of mobile devices by students as part of their learning approach.


Chris’s teaching and dissertation supervision relates to sustainable high-rise building construction, diagnosing building defects in both their design and the materials used in their construction and the techniques involved in the long-term sustainable management of building assets.

  • Sustainable Design & Construction (L6)
  • Building Efficiency & Pathology (L7)
  • Building Technology (L7)
  • Undergraduate & postgraduate dissertation supervision

Research Interests

Chris has published research papers on topics such as building information modelling, building energy efficiency and life cycle costing for sustainable buildings.  Chris is also currently researching the specific problems associated with conserving twentieth century military structures and war memorials.   

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PgCert. Research Student Supervision, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 2013
  • PgCert. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 2012
  • Certificate in Higher Education, Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 2011
  • M.Sc. Architectural Conservation, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 2010
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Building Surveying, First Class, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, 200


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Registered as an Incorporated Engineer with the UK Engineering Council (IEng)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (FCABE)
  • Chartered Building Engineer (C Build Eng)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • Adedotun, O., Pour Rahimian, F., Goulding, J., Pye, C., (2015) Construction Education’s Requirements for Achieving Level 2 & 3 BIM. ARCOM Doctoral Workshop on Construction Education in the New Digital Age, Birmingham City University, UK.
  • Pye C J, (2013) Fleetwood War Memorial – Past Present & Future – A Case Study of a Heritage Lottery Funded Restoration Scheme presented at the ‘Finding Identities – Lancashire in World War One’ Conference at the University of Central Lancashire 23rd – 24th November 2013.
  • Hartungi, Rusdy, Pye, C J, (2010) Energy Efficiency Practice in Office Building, Proceedings of Central Europe Towards Sustainable Building: from Theory to Practice (CESB’10), Paper No.064, 30 June – 2 July 2010, Prague – Czech Republic.
  • Hartungi R, Pye C J, (2009) Life Cycle Costing Applications in Sustainable Buildings, presented at the International Seminar on Theorizing Sustainable Building Design, SBD09, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK