Edward M. Hoskins

About The Member

1969 - 1985      Applied Research of Cambridge Limited

Ed became interested in the application of information technology at an early stage, with particular emphasis in architecture and construction.  

In 1969 Ed founded Applied Research of Cambridge Ltd. (ARC) as a commercial offshoot from The Martin Centre the Cambrige university research group associated with the School of Architecture and he headed it thereafter as Managing Director and later Chairman.  

During the 1970's ARC grew to staff of about 40 people, mainly involved with consultancy and bespoke software development for hospital design and construction and transportation modelling.  This included:

            In the 1970’s OXSYS  fully comprehensive 3D BIM Building Information Modelling system 

                BDS  Building Design System  an early comprehensive 3D BIM Building Information Management system 

                GDS  General Drafting System, which was progressively transformed into a comprehensive GDS Graphics Design System 

In response to the growing Computer Aided Design market in the late 1970's, ARC created generalised CAD products, sold for the Architecture Engineering and Construction market and for mapping and Geographic Information Systems. 

By 1985 ARC had a staff of 140, and a profitable turnover of about £11 million.  By then it had several hundred multi-user systems installed worldwide, two thirds of which were supported by its distributors.  Ed was primarily responsible for building the global distributor network. 

By 1985 ARC had become a major UK CAD Systems supplier, selling standard manufacturers' hardware with its own software.  It held about 9% of the UK CAD market and it was the market leader in construction.  Export software royalty sales accounted for more than 40% of the company’s net revenue.  

ARC had notable overseas successes in Japan where the distributor has itself grown to a 120 man organisation as the market leader in construction CAD and in Australia where the distributor is the premier local supplier for GIS, mapping and network modelling in the utilities market.  

From 1983 onwards, ARC required more financial strength to support its global markets.  The options of either a substantial injection of equity finance or of an outright sale of the company were examined.  

Applied Research of Cambridge was sold to the McDonnell Douglas Information Systems Group, its US distributor for £11+ million in April 1985.  Each of ARC’s  original shareholders saw a thousand-fold return on his stake.   

In 2013 Made a presentation of the ARC company history at the MIT Media Lab. 

Career background

1985 - 2000     Hoskins Associates Limited

Managed several companies in the UK and overseas.  Some of the notable successful ventures are noted below:-

  • One was taken from a start-up to being in a position within three years to provide its central specialist skills for mapping and network modelling for utilities (particularly power and telecoms) for the European market.
  • Taught Computer Aided Design at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning (UCLA) as a visiting Professor 
  • Whilst living in France raised funding for des Baux Limited to develop, and export gourmet products from one of the best known three star restaurants in the South of France.  Achieved a successful personal exit.
  • Worked as the Representative of an Austrlian software company with sophisticated database technologies for network mapping and modelling for utilities telcos and other network based assets to identify and build a Dealership structure throughout EMEA.  This involves considerable travel and contact with many local dealers and system integrators in the GIS and CAD fields.
  • Provided ongoing advice at Board level to a rapidly growing UK GIS business with ambitions to achieve a trade sale.provided external advice to CAD / FE oriented company in Cambridge in its recent sale to a US

2000 Retired to France and has maintained a continuing interest and the Climate Change fraud, producing a blog https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/


1957                  King’s College School Wimbledon London

1961                  BDS Bachelor of Dental Surgery, (Distinction in Orthodontics).

1967                  B.Arch. Bachelor of Architecture, (Double First Class Honours).

1965 - 1967      Scholar Peterhouse   Cambridge

1968                  Dip. Arch. Diploma in Architecture.

                           MA Master of Arts, University of Cambridge.

                          RIBA Corporate Member, Royal Institute of British Architects