David Comiskey
  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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David Comiskey is a Reader within the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. He holds a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology and Management from Ulster University and an MSc (Distinction) in BIM and Integrated Design from the University of Salford, receiving the Autodesk Award for Best Dissertation. David is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT), admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (FCIAT) in 2021, and a Chartered Construction Manager, admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) in 2020. David is also a Certified European Passive House Consultant (CEPH). His achievements including being awarded the Distinguished Teaching Fellowship from Ulster University on two occasions as well as twice receiving recognition at the Northern Ireland innovation in eLearning awards. He has been recognised at both national and international level, awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in 2017 and was shortlisted as a finalist in both the 2018 and 2020 International Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year Awards. Other notable achievements include David’s invitation to sit on the advisory group for both the current (2022) and previous (2014) reviews of the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology. David is a current external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University and Solent University Southampton as well as previously being external examiner at Technological University Dublin and  South East Technological University.

David has broad research interests in the areas of technology enhanced learning, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the digital transformation of the built environment sector, and he is currently reading for a PhD in the latter. His current research relating to BIM and digital technology integration has provided an opportunity to visit numerous cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Dubai and visit prestigious research institutions such as the BIM TOPiCS Lab at the University of British Columbia. David has presented his research internationally at a range of conferences and sat on numerous conference and scientific committees. He has secured funding grants for his research and delivered consultancy training to industry in addition to acting as a reviewer for international journals. As a supervisor, David has mentored students to publish their research on the digital transformation of the built environment at peer reviewed international conferences. In addition, five of the students he has supervised and/or mentored have gained recognition on an international stage, recognised at the prestigious Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) AT Awards. 

Outside of the University, David sits as a member on the Northern Ireland BIM Region and Digital Transformation Group and has been a member of the Northern Ireland CIAT Committee since 2009, holding the role of Northern Ireland CPD Officer for over 5 years. He currently sits on the national Special Issues Taskforce for CIAT and is a professional interview assessor, an accreditation review panel member and a Fellow panel assessor.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Bachelor, Architectural Technology and Management (First Class Honours)

Master, Building Information Modelling and Integrated Design (Distinction), University of Salford

External positions

Fellow Member Panel Assessor, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

22 Mar 2021 → …

Member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

17 Sept 2020 → …

Ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society

1 Mar 2020 → …

Member of Construction Subject Advisory Group 2019 - 2021, Northern Ireland Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)

28 May 201931 Dec 2021

External Examiner Technological University Dublin, Technological University Dublin

1 Sept 20171 Sept 2020

Special Issues Taskforce, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

11 Feb 2016 → …

External Examiner, Waterford Institute of Technology

1 Sept 20151 Jun 2019

Professional Interview Assessor, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

1 Jan 2013 → …


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