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Nicholas Bill  BE (Hons) (Melb) PhD (Cantab) CEng MICE

Dr Nicholas Bill

BE (Hons) (Melb) PhD (Cantab) CEng MICE

Senior Lecturer

School of Engineering

Queen's Buildings - South Building, Room S4.07, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Nicholas A. Bill is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering currently working within the Resilient Structures and Construction Materials (RESCOM) research group in the Department of Civil Engineering, Cardiff University.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) with Honours from The University of Melbourne, together with a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Cambridge. In addition, he is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, MICE) with approximately 20-years’ experience working as a consultant in industry and teaching across several universities.

Dr Bill aims to bridge the divide between academia and industry through his interests in the design and construction of high-rise structures (i.e. tall buildings), timber structures and in particular, historic structures. He currently acts as the Department’s Industrial Liaison Lead.


Dr Bill's research focuses on the historic built environment, which is broadly divided into the three inter-linking strands:

1. Engineering and Construction History –

  • Contextualising historic construction technology.
  • Recording historic building details.
  • Understanding previous design philosophies

2. Analysis and Adaptation of Historic Structures –

  • Care and restoration of historic structures.
  • Life extension / Change of use / Avoiding demolition.
  • Understanding barriers to refurbishment
  • Justify existing structures to current codes.

3. Improving Future Structures –

  • Learning Lessons from history.
  • Rediscovering forgotten technology.
  • Avoiding previous mistakes.



I currently teach on the following modules:

EN2315 Professional Studies and Construction

EN3104 Construction and Construction Management

EN3300 Major Project

EN4102 Integrated Building Design


Professional memberships

Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng, MICE)

Academic positions

2021 – present: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

2018 – 2021: Stipendiary Lecturer, St Peter's College, University of Oxford

2013 – 2015: Stipendiary Lecturer, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

2012 – 2013: Teaching Associate, University of Bristol

2009 – 2011: Tutor (Sessional), University of Cambridge

Committees and reviewing

2022 – present: Journal Co-Editor, Construction History

2020 – present: Journal Reviewer, Proceedings of the ICE: Engineering History & Heritage

2017 – present: Journal Reviewer, Construction History

2016 – present: Journal Reviewer, Proceedings of the ICE: Civil Engineering

2014 – 2016: Magazine Editor, The Construction Historian