Simon studied at the University of Liverpool (1986-1992) where he was awarded the Reilly Medal in 1992, and at the University of Oregon, USA (1990-1991) where one summer he drove 13,500 miles in search of great architecture and discovered the work of Louis Kahn. In 2002, Simon was shortlisted for Corus ‘Young Architect of the Year’.
Simon combines practice with teaching, writing and research, and is the author of The Architecture of Parking (Thames & Hudson), which won the RIBA International Book Award for Construction in 2008. He is currently working on a book on Brutalism. In the meantime, he uses his ArchDaily column London Calling to explore a wide range of interests.
Simon is an External Examiner at the Kent School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Academy of Urbanism Academician and a panel member of Design South East. Until 2011, Simon was a member of the CABE Schools Design Review Panel, the NHS Design Review Panel and the CABE Enabling Panel.