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Tara Hipwood

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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 Building Performance Evaluation

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Biography

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 teach across both the Architecture and Interior Architecture undergraduate programmes as a Design Studio tutor, as well as lecturing on various aspects of sustainability and environmental 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 pursuing this interest further through participation in the Wellcome Trust Ideas Hub on Power, Ownership and Mental Health, as well as organising Northumbria University’s contribution to the Environments by Design Conference, to be hosted online in Dec 2021: https://architecturemps.com/northumbria/

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Cardiff University

6 Jan 201414 Dec 2018

Award Date: 14 Dec 2018

Architecture, MSc, Oxford Brookes University

1 Sep 201030 Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

Architecture, DipArch, Oxford Brookes University

30 Sep 200830 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Architecture, BSc (Hons), University of Bath

1 Sep 200330 Jun 2007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

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