Dr. Paul Coates

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

New SEE Building - Room 03.22

Please email for an appointment.


Current positions

Lecturer in Design and BIM


I am an architect / technician and BIM Specialist with over 30 years professional experience adapting technologies for the use in architectural practice and the construction. Projects undertaken range from small refurbishment projects to large infrastructure projects. Experience has been gained working in the UK and internationally working for central government and private practice. Roles undertaken in architectural practice have included those of CAD Manager, IT Manager, Quality Manager and Process Improvement Manager.

Recent work has included the development of BIM methodologies and applications based on Lean Principles. I have completed a Phd on BIM implementation and Lean and amf currently employed as a lecturer in BIM and Design at the University of Salford.  

Supervision of Phd research student has included:

  • BIM and Education
  • BIM and Quantity Surveying
  • BIM and Health and Safety
  • Early Capture of Building Information
  • Linking FM and Design
  • Design of Shading Devices
  • Design of Schools in Nigeria
  • Communication in Construction
  • Design of Refugee Camps  

Areas of research

BIM, Lean, Offsite Construction, Digital Construction, Technology


  • Technology 2
  • Construction Technology in Architecture
  • BIM Theory and Practice
  • Performance Modelling and Integrated Design
  • BIM Design Studio 1
  • MDP2
  • Integrated BIM Projects
  • Design Information Management
  • Discipline Project 2

Research Interests

  • BIM Implementation

Qualifications and Memberships


  • RIBA