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Research interests

Architecture, Space Syntax, Spatial Cognition, Architectural Cognition, Architectural Experience, Architectural Useability, Wayfinding, Navigation, Pedestrian Movement, Virtual Reality, Design Thinking and Creativity, Architecture of Visitor Centres


Ruth Conroy Dalton is a British architect, author and Professor of Architecture at Northumbria University. She has authored or contributed to more than 200 publications. She is an expert in space syntax analysis, pedestrian movement and wayfinding and a world-leading authority on the overlap between architecture and spatial cognition.

As a licensed architect, she has worked for Foster + Partners and Sheppard Robson Architects and key projects upon which she has worked include the Carré d'Art de Nîmes, in France and the Valencia Congress Centre, in Spain. She has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Northumbria University, where she was Head of Department for the Architecture and Built Environment Department, the first woman to hold the post. In 2019 she became the Inaugural/Founding Professor of Architecture and the first Head of the Lancaster School of Architecture at Lancaster University, before returning to Northumbria University in 2022.

Further Information

Ruth welcomes applications from potential phd students in her research area.

Education/Academic qualification

Education (other/general), PGCert, Online and Distance Education, Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 31 Dec 2010

Education (other/general), PGCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University College London

Award Date: 1 Nov 2007

Architecture, PhD

1 Jan 199731 Dec 2000

Award Date: 1 Mar 2001

Architecture, PGCert, Professional Practice and Management in Architecture, University College London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

Architecture, Other Qualification, ARB/RIBA Part 2 of the RIBA Examination in Architecture

Award Date: 6 Nov 1998

Architecture, MSc, Advanced Architectural Studies (Distinction), University College London

Award Date: 1 Nov 1996

Architecture, BSc (Hons), Architecture, Planning, Building and Environmental Studies, University College London

Award Date: 1 Aug 1991


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