Dr. Bill Addis

Research focuses on the construction history and history of building materials, the history and philosophy of design, the use of experimental models, sustainable constructions, the reuse of building materials and strategic sustainability.


  • 1978-1986: University of Reading. Doctoral thesis: Theory and Design in Civil and Structural Engineering – a study in the History and Philosophy of Engineering.
  • 1970-1971: Downing College, Cambridge. Philosophy Tripos.
  • 1968-1970: Downing College, Cambridge. Engineering Sciences Tripos.

Professional experience

  • 2018-2019: August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship at the Technical University Munich, Germany.
  • 2017: Visiting Professorship at the VUB Brussels, Belgium.
  • 2017: Visiting Professorship Construction History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2016: Visiting Professorship Construction History at the University of San Sebastian, Spain.
  • 2016: Visiting Professorship Construction History at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • 2015-2016: Visiting Professorship Construction History at the Tor Regatta University in Rome, Italy.
  • 2012-2015: Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Cambridge University.
  • 1999-2015: Strategic Sustainability Consultancy at Happold Consulting Engineers in London.
  • 1986-1999: Lecturer and Course Director at the Department of Construction Management, University of Reading.
  • For more information see ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9933-630X
  • For more information see Researchgate  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bill-Addis

Committees and advisory boards

Refereed journals:

  • 2008-today: Member of Editorial Advisory Panel (Chairman 2012-2018) Engineering History and Heritage, ICE.
  • 2011-2016: Co-Editor Construction History, International Journal of the Construction History Society.
  • 1995-1996: Editorial Advisory Board Structural Engineering Review.

Member of Scientific Committee of the International Congress on Construction History:

  • 2021: 7ICCH Lisbon.
  • 2018: 6ICCH Brussels.
  • 2015: 5ICCH Chicago.
  • 2012: 4ICCH Paris.
  • 2009: 3ICCH Cottbus.
  • 2006: 2ICCH Cambridge.

Member of Scientific Committee of National Congresses on Construction History:

  • 2011-today: Congresos Nacionales de Historia de la Construcción.
  • 2012-2017: Congrès francophone d’histoire de la construction.
  • 2015: Congress on Luso-Brazilian Construction History.

Publications and other media


  • 2021: Addis, B., Physical models: their historical and current use in civil and building engineering design. Berlin: Ernst und Sohn.
  • 2007: Addis, B., Building: 3000 years of design, engineering and construction, London, Phaidon.
  • 2006: Addis, B. Building with Reclaimed Components and Materials: A Design Handbook for Reuse and Recycling. London: Earthscan. 224pp.
  • 2004: Addis, W. & Schouten, J. Design for Deconstruction: Principles of design to facilitate reuse and recycling. London: CIRIA.
  • 2001: Addis, B. & Talbot, R. Sustainable Construction Procurement: a guide to delivering environmentally-responsible projects. London: CIRIA.
  • 1999: Addis, W., Structural and Civil Engineering Design Vol.12 of series ‘Studies in the History of Civil Engineering’, Ashgate (Variorum), Aldershot.
  • 1990: Addis, W., Structural Engineering – the Nature of Theory and Design, Ellis Horwood, Chichester
  • For further publications see ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9933-630X
  • For further publications see Researchgate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bill-Addis/publications
  • For further publications see BMA https://www.bma-project.org/ENGL/AUTHORS/engl_authors_Addis_B.html


Curated exhibitions:

  • 1997: Centre Pompidou, Paris. L’art de l’ingénieur – constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur.
  • 1996: On Being an Engineer: exhibition of the life and work of Sir Edmund Happold
  • 1990-1994: The Engineers’ Contribution to Contemporary Architecture. Exhibitions at The Building Centre, London, and other venues + linked publications
    1 ‑ Tension Structures
    2 – The Interaction of Structure and Services
    3 – The Art of the Structural Engineer


Dr. Bill Addis

E-Mail: bill.addis@cantab.net