Paula Bleanch

Senior Lecturer and Design Manager


Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University

BIM Academy Member

Senior Design Manager working for contractors on site and an architect


I graduated from the BSc (Hons) Building Design Management degree at Northumbria in 2003, following a few years working for a large contractor and studying architecture. The Design Management course altered my career expectations, especially as I had the opportunity to spend my placement year in Paris, which was an amazing experience.
After graduation, I worked as a Design Manager for several large contractors on big public / private partnerships, building hospitals, schools and offices. I also worked for a well known local architectural practice before joining the teaching staff at Northumbria. Projects that I am particularly proud of Design Managing are Newcastle City Library and Darlington Education Village.

I’m passionate about design, construction and improving the way we work in the industry. As Senior Lecturer I manage a module with Jane Matthews teaching BIM to Construction, Project and Design Management students. As a Design Manager I worked on several large public projects before joining Northumbria and I recently graduated from the IDBE Masters Programme at Cambridge University. In my “spare” time I’m attempting a PassiveHouse refurbishment of our home with my partner David.

Teaching Interests and Modules

Final Year Tutor for Design Management, Project Management, Construction Management and Architectural Technology undergraduate programmes

Module Tutor for:
BE0835 Managing the Design Process
BE1048 BIM for Design Management
BE1049 BIM for Project Management
BE1050 BIM for Construction Management
BE1051 Final Year Building Technology
BE1052 Final Year Integrated Professional Practice Project for Design Management
BE1053 Final Year Integrated Professional Practice Project for Project Management

Teach on:
BE1042 Building Technology 1
BE0880 Professional Practice 2
Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations


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Constructionarium 2009

Projects in Industry

Research and Publications

Bleanch, P. (2010) A case study investigation of contractual and relational governance in PFI. Unpublished Master’s thesis. University of Cambridge.

Electronic copy available on request

Braithwaite, J. and Bleanch, P. (2011) The Architectural Technologist’s role in integrated design. Awaiting publication.

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