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Julian Robinson


School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


In addition to his role as a technician within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Julian Robinson, lectures in sustainable construction materials and concrete model making.

Julian’s main area of teaching activity relates to concrete technologies within the civil engineering discipline; he has recently expanded this to include architectural technology and product design.

Career overview

Julian graduated from the University of Portsmouth engineering degree programme and worked as an Environmental Engineer in the water industry on bipolar electrochemical cells and advanced ion exchange resin technologies. He then worked as a Consultant Land Agent for National Grid’s South Wales Reinforcement Gas Pipeline construction project before moving to work as a manager for the maintenance of Esso’s high pressure fuel pipelines.

In 2009 Julian undertook a PhD at Nottingham Trent University, where he has also been a lecturer in building services and a student mentor. His current role is as a technician; he also supervises undergraduate and post graduate students, and lectures within the school of Art & Design and Built Environment.

Research areas

  • Straw bale construction
  • Sustainable construction materials
  • Smart cladding materials

External activity

Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach

  • 2015, Design Day, Fernwood School
  • 2016, Design Day, Fernwood School
  • 2016, Secondary Design Technology Teachers Workshop/Conference, Nottingham Trent University


  • Twitter @ntu_concrete


  • Robinson, J., Aoun Klalib, H., Davison, M., 2015. Monitoring techniques in straw bale construction: Test Rig method. Elsevier, Procedia Engineering Scopus. Pending Publication September 2016.
  • Robinson, J. 2015. PhD Synopsis: Quantifying and Evaluating the Risk Posed to Straw Bale Constructions from Moisture. Low Carbon Buildings and Communities in the Sustainable Built Environment, 23-25 February 2015, Istanbul Technical University. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University. pp. 35-44
  • Robinson, J. 2014. Quantify and Evaluate the Risk Posed to Straw Bale Construction from moisture, Ph.D. thesis, Nottingham Trent University
  • Robinson, J., Goodhew, S., McGrath, P., 2011. Straw Bale Building. A Mechanism for the Promotion of. Biodiversity Conservation. COBRA 2011. Proceedings of the RICS Foundation construction and building research conference, Salford 12-13 September, 2011. London: RICS pp. 183-194.

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Press expertise

  • Sustainability
  • Straw bale construction