Robert Powell was Professor of Architecture at Taylor’s University from 2016 to 2019. Prior to this he was Principal of Robert Powell Studio. He was until April 2013 Project Director and Head of Ecomasterplanning with Llewelyn Davies Yeang. He was previously Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of 39 books mainly, though not exclusively, on the architecture of Southeast Asia and has lectured in the USA, Japan, Australia and India. He is an artist and an occasional triathlete and cricket player.
Military Service 1966 -1972 I served as an officer with 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (44 Para Bde).
I took up the sport of Triathlon in 1980 and the following year competed in the UK Championships in Durham. In 1985 I competed in the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii, finishing in 12hrs 57 minutes. Two years later, in 1987, I took part in the World Short Course Championships (Olympic distance) in Fremantle, Australia. In 2008 I competed in the London Triathlon and in 2009 won the Sussex County Triathlon Championship in the 64-69 category. In 2012 I took 1st place in the London Triathlon (70-74 category) and in the Sussex County Sprint Triathlon
I have a life-long interest in scientific exploration and nature conservation . I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Member of the Scientific Exploration Society (SES).
An expedition led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes with the objective of mapping the ablation pattern of the Briksdalbre glacier. It involved a free fall parachute descent onto the glacier from 3,000 metres. Supported by the Scientific Exploration Society.Published as Ice fall in Norway 1974 -1975 Congo/Zaire in support of World Health Organisation (WHO) research into Onchocerciasis.
A 4000 km research journey down the Congo River in inflatable craft conducted over 5 months. Organised by the Scientific Exploration Society.Published as In the Steps of Stanley 1979-1980 Sulawesi Tengah / Indonesia.
Draft management plan of the 200,000 ha Morowali National Park funded by the UNFAO, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Part of Operation Drake -organised by the Scientific Exploration Society.Published as Operation Drake
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