Kelly Mackinnon

Kelly Mackinnon


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PhD projects

Communities and Architecture
Contemporary Writing
Cultural Heritage
Social Value of Architecture
Young people and the Built Environment
Art and Architecture

Personal profile


Kelly MacKinnon is an award-winning Architect, Associate Professor and Programme Leader for Masters in Architecture at Northumbria University. She has over 20 years experience of the education sector and governance within a university setting. As an industry-facing architect-academic, she contributes and leads on practice-based research and teaching through live projects in the region.

Kelly is also the Deputy Director of Cultural Partnerships at Northumbria University; a cross-faculty set of responsibilities collaborating with various cultural partners, charities, and local authorities. She leads and supports the university strategically with their cultural partnership portfolio working with partners such as the Venice Biennale, Live Theatre, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. She has led on various projects with regional and cultural partners with the aim of providing opportunities for local communities, regional economies, and the wider region.

Kelly has an international reputation in Architecture with an advisory role to the Architects Registration Board. She is an external examiner at several universities nationally and works with English Heritage as a critical friend on their National Blue Plaques scheme. Kelly also sits on the advisory panel for three local authorities and their corresponding Creative and Cultural Zone projects and has led on the Venice Biennale Fellowship Scheme in partnership with the British Council.

Kelly has taught at various institutions including: Northumbria University, Strathclyde University, Glasgow School of Art and has externally examined at the University of Kent, Birmingham City university and the University of Strathclyde.

Working at the intersection of academia and industry, Kelly’s teaching, research and practice spans interests in design, cultural heritage and adaptive re-use, collaborative practice and in architecture education. Her research, teaching and practice combine interests in working with young people and children – who regularly become a missing voice in design processes and community participation when discussing the future of their built environment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

HEFC, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy

28 Jun 2018 → …

Award Date: 28 Jun 2018

HEFC, Higher Education Academy

27 Feb 201526 Jun 2018

Award Date: 27 Feb 2015

Teaching & Learning, PCAPL

11 Oct 200731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 11 Oct 2007

Architecture, PGDip

1 Jan 200131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Architecture, BArch

1 Sept 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997

External positions

Architects Registration Board

28 May 2018 → …

University of Kent

26 Mar 2018 → …


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