Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be interested in Supervising PhDs on the following topics:

Low carbon renovation and re-use
Sustainable Building Design
Environment and Society
Designing for better Health
Regenerative Design

Willing to speak to media

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Personal profile


I am a Chartered Architect and a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Environmental Design in the Department of Architecture at Northumbria University

Prior to commencing my Ph.D in Low Carbon Housing Retrofit at Cardiff University in 2014, I was engaged in architectural education. Beginning at the University of Bath and the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Strasbourg, France, this was followed by postgraduate studies, specialising in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design and RIBA Professional Practice examinations, both at Oxford Brookes University. My studies were combined with periods in architectural practice both in the UK and abroad, working on a variety of projects across the commercial, public, healthcare and social housing sectors, first as an architectural assistant and finally as a qualified architect.

I currently lead the final year of the BA Architecture programme and tutor  across both the Interior Architecture and postgraduate Architecture programmes on various aspects of sustainable, environmental and regenerative design.

Research interests

My research interests focus around the intersections between occupant wellbeing, the built environment, and the natural environment – and perhaps most importantly where the distinction between these elements breaks down. My Ph.D. studies, explored a nexus-of-practice perspective towards teleological influences on owner-occupiers’ home improvements and the implications this has for encouraging low carbon retrofit. I am currently developing this theoretical approach further to explore how regenerative design principles support practices of care – both social and ecological – in post-industrial communities.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Northumbria University

30 Jan 20191 Jun 2020

Award Date: 1 Jun 2020

Geography, PhD, Understanding home improvements within the wider nexus of practice: implications for inducing low carbon retrofit , Cardiff University

6 Jan 201414 Dec 2018

Award Date: 14 Dec 2018

Architecture, MSc, Sustainable Building: Performance and Design, Oxford Brookes University

1 Sept 201030 Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

Architecture, DipArch, Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part I), Oxford Brookes University

30 Sept 200830 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Architecture, BSc (Hons), General Architectural Studies (RIBA Part I), University of Bath

1 Sept 200330 Jun 2007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

External positions

Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

30 Sept 201630 May 2018

School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

1 Apr 201430 May 2018

Oxford Institute of Sustainable Design

1 Feb 201320 Dec 2013

Oxford Architects LLP

1 Feb 201130 Jan 2013

Stride Treglown PLC

1 Jun 200730 Sept 2008

Architecture et Environnement

12 Jun 200630 Sept 2006

Stride Treglown PLC

1 Apr 200530 Aug 2005


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