Chris Dance

Location: Sevenoaks

Membership Grade: Fellow

Contact Info

Phone: 01732 469251
Mobile: +44(0)7503690906

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General Experience

Physics graduate and professional librarian with career background in
engineering information, IT systems development and project
management. 25 years indexing experience, originally in the
engineering industry, and after going freelance in 2002 in new
technologies, architecture, building and construction, environmental
design and health science. Particular interest in sustainable building
design and heritage conservation. Have always met deadlines and taken
a flexible approach to meeting clients’ requirements. Happy to work
remotely with email and pdf file transfers. Will take on both large and
small projects, and will endeavor to accommodate work at short notice.



Have indexed hundreds of books on architecture and building design, including architectural history and biography. Recent examples include Revisiting Postmodernism (Sir Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel Furman), Tall Buildings: A Strategic Design Guide (ed. Nigel Clark and Bill Price), The Art of Architectural Daylighting (Mary Guzowski).

Art and Design

Indexed texts include Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design (Mary Stewart), The Art of Theatrical Design: Elements of Visual Composition, Methods, and Practice (Kaoime E. Malloy), Read This if You Want to be Great at Drawing (Selwyn Leamy).

Art History

Have indexed texts for galleries and commercial publishers, for example Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz (Ikon Gallery), The Age of Glass (Stephen Eskilson), Sculptors and Design Reform in France, 1848-1895 (Claire Jones).

Building and Construction

Have indexed hundreds of books on building and construction, including environmentally sustainable design, building materials and services, and building conservation practice. Recent examples include Intermediate Building Contract Guide (RIBA), Buildings in Extreme Environments – Cold Climates (CIBSE), Construction Management and Organisational Behaviour (Wiley). For English Heritage I indexed the multi-volume series, Practical Building Conservation.

Urban Development

I have a particular interest in this topic and have indexed, for example, The Art of Building a Garden City (RIBA for the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), Remaking Post-Industrial Cities (Donald K. Carter, Ed.), Urban Planning’s Philosophical Entanglements
(Richard S. Bolan)

Civil/Environmental Engineering

I have a career background in Engineering. Indexed works in these fields include Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment Dixon/Connaughton/Green Eds), Resource efficiency of building services (CIBSE), Infrastructural Lives: Urban infrastructure in context (Stephen Graham and Colin McFarlane).

Electrical Engineering

I have indexed many works in this field for The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and for commercial publishers, for example: Designers Guide to Energy Efficiency in Electrical Installations (Cameron Steel), Electrical Energy Storage Systems: Code of Practice (IET), Photovoltaic Power Systems: Modelling, Design and Control (Weidong Xiao).

Mechanical Engineering

Experience mainly in electromechanical systems and mechanical systems in buildings.

Nuclear Engineering

I have a degree in Physics and for several years I worked in the energy sector, including the nuclear sector.


Much of my experience is broadly in the field of technology, including new technology and technology impacts.


I have a degree in Physics. Recently indexed works include X‐Ray Absorption Spectroscopy for the Chemical and Materials Sciences (John Evans), and Principles and Practices of Molecular Properties: Theory, Modeling, and Simulations (Norman, Saue and Ruud).

Sciences (All Areas)



I am familiar with climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation, especially carbon emissions reduction and passive building design measures. Indexed texts include Targeting Zero: Embodied and Whole Life Carbon explained (RIBA), Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment Dixon/Connaughton/Green Eds), and work for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Environmental Science


Occupational Health


Public/Consumer Health


Related qualifications

BSc (Physics)

Other skills


Cataloguing And Classification

Electronic Indexing

Project Management

Thesaurus Construction

Recent indexes include

Iconology, Neoplatonism, and the Arts in the Renaissance, Taylor and Francis, 2020
Energy/People/Buildings, RIBA, 2021
Smart Homes, IET, 2021
Lives of the Artists: Frida Kahlo, Laurance King, 2020
Transportation Systems in Buildings, CIBSE, 2020
Typographic Design, Laurence King, 2020

Clients Include

RIBA Publishing
John Wiley
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
Institution of Electrical Engineers
Lawrence King
Taylor and Francis

Special Publication Type

Biographies/ Autobiographies


Manuals And Handbooks


Technical Documentation




Training Materials