John Robertson Architects , Head of Sustainability
Dr Colin Beattie is Head of Sustainability at JRA. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an Architect and a strong academic background in sustainability within the built environment.
Familiar with practice both in the UK and abroad, Colin’s expertise concerns maximising carbon emission reductions in the built environment. He has demonstrated this in his PhD entitled ‘Decarbonising Cities’ and through his active participation in projects at JRA.
Colin’s research demonstrates how to maximise carbon emission reductions in the built environment through: precinct scale energy systems; reducing embodied emissions in buildings and infrastructure; and the use of transport planning strategies, by modelling key sustainability indicators for urban development projects and examining world's best practice developments in this area.
Colin’s main focus is on regenerative design principles so that projects can meet the challenges presented by the climate emergency and continue to deliver high quality, beautiful buildings. He also leads JRA’s Life Cycle Services and is responsible for monitoring the design of JRA projects for BREEAM.
Alongside his role Colin plays in sustainable project work, he is a representative within the green community for JRA. Most recently he has spoken on the ‘Adaptability of Existing Buildings’ for New London Architecture and keeps up to date with industry trends through participation in EcoBuild and GreenSky Thinking events. Internally, Colin leads sustainability initiatives and provides CPD’s alongside colleagues in the sustainability team.