Neil's primary roles is as course leader the BA(Hons) Architecture course (RIBA Part 1 exempt).
He contributes to teaching across a number of areas including architectural design, architectural technique (technology) and professional practice.
On three occasions he has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, one of a very small number of DMU staff given this award on more than one occasion, and in November 2021 he was awarded "Most Collegiate Lecturer" in the ADH Faculty Research and Teaching Awards. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy.
Prior to entering higher education, he designed a number of RIBA award winning buildings (with Smith Roberts), as well as the national winner of the UK Prime Minister's Best Public Building Award in 2002 (with Alec French). His practice years included two years sabbatical working for Sustrans and pursuing his interest in the sustainable design of better cities. The work underpinned the co-creation of Sustrans' Liveable Neighbourhoods project with Peter Lipman. The genesis of this project revolved around EU funded partner-city projects, one led by Bristol with Bremen (D), Nantes (F), Aalborg (Dk) and Kaunas (LT), the other led by Swindon with Hilversum (NL) and La Courneuve, Paris (F).
His primary research interest is in architecture, health and well-being.