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Topics of interest include: Adaptive Reuse; Heritage Buildings; Hertiage Adaptation; Interior Architecture; Interiors; Interior Territories; Domestic Space; Adaptation of Existing Buildings; Alteration; ReUse; Site Specificity; Architecture and Design-based Pedagogy; Cultural Partnership; Context; Interior Narratives

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Associate Professor Paul Ring joined the University in September 2005 and is Head of Subject for Architecture within the Dept. of Architecture & Built Environment. He is the author of the BA(Hons) and Pg Cert Interior Architecture programmes and was formerly the Faculty of Engineering & Environment’s Director of Review, Approvals and Academic Portfolio. His specialism is within creative reuse and building adaptation, developing research, academic and partnership activity around the adaptation or heritage spaces. Paul continues to focus his research and academic practice on the authenticity of the adapted interior and is co-lead on a partnership with the National Trust.

Paul has submitted research by design portfolios and an Impact Case Study to REF2021, authoring work on creative partnerships and heritage adaptation. His practice as an interior designer has developed a broad portfolio of work and he was awarded Scottish Interior Designer of the Year in 1997. He has previously worked collaboratively in studio with artists, sculptors, and designers on a wide range of projects, including architectural competitions and urban interventions, interior design, furniture and art installation works. He is a member of the ARCH [Adaptive Reuse and Cultural Heritage] research group within the international Scientific Research Network READ.ADAPT.REUSE. Reading and transforming the As Found (2024-2029). This transnational project, coordinated by Hasselt University (Belgium), involves 15 European Universities and is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

As a member of SCOSA (Council of Heads of Schools of Architecture), the SCOSA Teaching Excellence Awards Committee and as Secretary of Interior Educators, Paul makes contribution to the education of Architecture and Interior Architecture nationally and is an experienced external examiner, examining at Regents, Salford, UCA, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.  

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Education, City andGuildsLevel 5, Teaching in Higher & Further Education

1 Jun 20041 Jun 2005

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

Design Studies, MA, Interior Design, Manchester Metropolitan University

1 Oct 19951 Oct 1996

Award Date: 1 Oct 1996

Design Studies, BSc (Hons), Interior Design, Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Sept 19911 Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

External positions

Manchester Metropolitan University

1 Sept 202031 Dec 2024


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