Andrew Claiborne

Course Group Leader for Architecture and Planning

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Department:School of Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Andrew is a practising architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with over 25 years’ experience in teaching and private practice.


Andrew is Course Group Leader for our architecture and planning courses. He’s been teaching architecture and working within the built environment for over 25 years. He is a registered architect, corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and an Examiner for the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Andrew’s professional interests include the appreciation of design quality in architecture, urban design and historic building conservation. Meanwhile his consultancy work covers public and local planning inquiries for RIBA and historical buildings, where he has acted as an expert witness at local public inquiries.

Research interests

  • Design quality in architecture
  • Historic building conservation
  • Urban design
  • The relationship of music and architecture

Areas of research supervision

  • Supervision provided at undergraduate level in architecture


BSc (Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, MSc Conservation of Buildings, MSc Town Planning


  • Professional Examination G3, (RIBA Part III)
  • Diploma in Architecture (Honours), (RIBA Part II)
  • Undergardauate Diploma in Architecture, (RIBA Part III)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Architect, Dipl Arch (Hons), MaPS, FFB, RIBA
  • Corporate Member, the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA
  • Registered Architect (ARB), Registration No. 053258D
  • Member, the Association of Project Safety, MaPS
  • Fellow Member, The Forum of the Built Environment, FFB
  • Member, the Urban Design Group

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Partner in the firm Plater Claiborne Architecture & Design with over 25 years experience in Private Practice
  • Expert witness and professional advice for works to historic buildings and design issues – local planning authorities, private and corporate clients
  • Panel member on the Design Review Panel, The Essex Design Initiative (Essex County Council)
  • Authorised/approved architect – Inspection of Churches (DAC – Diocese of Chelmsford)
  • Jury member for the RIBA Awards
  • RIBA and Colchester 2020 Design Awards
  • Tendring District Council Design Awards
  • Design & Conservation Awards, Maldon District Council
  • Chairman: Royal Institute of British Architects, Eastern Region; Royal Institute of British Architects, Colchester & District; Faculty of Building, East Anglia Region
  • Specialist works to historic buildings including scheduled ancient monuments, Grade I, II* and II historic buildings
  • Architect Advocate for Appeals to the Secretary of State including public inquiries and local plan inquiries representing RIBA, private and corporate clients
  • Various awards including local authority awards for conservation and design; civic trust and civic society awards; Maldon District Sustainability and Design Awards 2013 and 2009; Tendring Design Award 2009; Chelmsford Society Design Award 2008; RIBA and Colchester 2020 Contemporary Design Award 2006
  • Workshops/presentations: Essex County Council, Inspire East, EPOA and Shape East
  • Chairman to the Board of Governors, the Sixth Form College Colchester