Ian Benford is a Laboratory Technician in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, where he is providing technical support for research on flexibly formed concrete structures supervised by Dr John Orr. Ian has had his own masonry business since 1998, and has undertaken projects including 5m high retaining walls, ecclesiastical conservation, listed restoration and bespoke landscaping. Since 2003, he has continually learnt to improve application techniques of lime based products, and trained many colleagues. He has a strong interest in all aspects of construction and architecture. Other building projects have included learning adobe building and render techniques in Thailand, creating straw bale sound insulating venues near Bath, and log cabin construction in Canada.