Tom Maver has been at the forefront of research and development in the field of information technologies applied to architecture and building design since 1970. At that time, when the technology was in its infancy, he founded ABACUS (Architecture and Building Aids Computer Unit, Strathclyde) a research group within the Department of Architecture and Building Science at the University of Strathclyde. Under his Directorship, ABACUS was to build, over the next 32 years, an international reputation for effective R+D in the fields of CAAD, MultiMedia, Virtual Reality, Urban Models and Energy Efficient Building Design; this reputation was recognise in the top rating of 5* (signifying international excellence) by the 2001 UK Higher Education Funding Council’s Research Assessment Exercise and by Awards for Distinguished Lifetime Service to Prof Maver from the International Building Performance Simulation Association, the Building Environmental Performance Analysis Club, the European CAAD Association, the American CAD in Architecture Association and The Sociedad Iberoamerican de Grafica Digital. Prof Maver has also been awarded The IHVE Bronze Medal and the Royal Society Gold Medal.
The work of ABACUS has been supported by major R+D grant funding from the UK Research Councils (the EPSRC, the AHRC and the ESRC) and by a number of European Union Research Programmes (Leonardo, Tempus, Alfa, Socrates and Culture 2000). This has led to around 200 publications/conference papers.
Prof Maver has been Supervisor of some 60 PhD and MSc students and been External Examiner of around 30 in other Institutions. In his current capacity of Research Professor in the Mackintosh School of Architecture in The Glasgow School of Art he has the capacity to supervise PG Students in the fields of;
Design Theory and Methods; User Participation in Design; Computer Aided Architectural Design; Large Scale Urban Databases; MultiMedia Documents (on contemporary and historic buildings); Virtual Reality and Virtual Environments; Rapid Digital Manufacture, Design Education; Energy Efficient Design.