Dale Sinclair, Director of Innovation, Aecom – Episode 58

On the programme today we’re joined by Dale Sinclair, Director of Innovation for the global infrastructure consultancy Aecom.

Over the years much of Dale’s work has focused on the future of the architecture profession, and much of our conversation today involves future gazing.

Dale Sinclair
Dale Sinclair. Image courtesy of the practice

Dale grew up in Edinburgh and went on to study architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

I first met Dale in 2012 whilst I was working at the RIBA, and he was chairing the committee overhauling the RIBA’s Plan of Work, the document that sets out the formal stages of procuring, designing and constructing buildings. The changes dale steered through in the run up to 2013 were the most significant change since the plan of work’s introduction in 1963 – taking into account many of the profession’s new ways of working and new procurement methods. He subsequently authored the most recent set of changes to the Plan of Work in 2020.

Dale literally wrote the book on the RIBA Plan of Work, as well as authoring many other titles on the profession including The Lead Designers Handbook and Leading the Team: An Architects Guide to Design Management.

Dale joined Aecom in 2014 as Director of Technical Practice after 10 years as a Director of Dyer Architects, and 16 years as an Associate Director at BDP.