Personal profile

Biography

I am a Chartered Architect with over two decades of experience in the profession.  During my career, I have worked in both private and public practices, specialising in the education sector, particularly in special educational needs and early years.  I was also a member of the Portsmouth Local Authority Design Review Panel.  Since qualifying in 1998, I have developed a deep understanding of the unique requirements and challenges associated with designing complex but nurturing spaces.  

In 2021, I transitioned to a full-time position at the School of Architecture, prior to this, I served as a sessional teaching fellow for four years, engaging with students in the BA2 and BA3 studios and previously to this as a guest reviewer across the school.

My approach to the study of architecture focuses on encouraging students to use empathy and curiosity to reflect on the needs of their clients and the wider community, so developing responsive and engaging designs.  Students are encouraged to find and present their own unique voice in the context of a supportive and nurturing studio environment as well as engage with external ‘clients’.  My work with the Part 3 team provides the professional practice tools that support this goal.

Through my teaching, I aim to instil a passion for architecture, an understanding of the social impact it carries, and the importance of creating inclusive and inspiring spaces. 

Research Interests

Research Area:  Community Engagement, Empathy & Curiosity in Design, in collaboration with School of Environment, Geography and Geosciences

Pedagogic Research:  Practice supported and collaborative learning

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action