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Ms Heather Coleman

Senior Lecturer

Heather Coleman


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1991 and lectured in the School of Art and Design before coming to the School of Architecture in 2008. I currently teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture and Interior Design courses, primarily in the area of contextual, historical and theoretical studies. I am the Dissertation co-ordinator for the School of Architecture and I also co-ordinate the Thesis project for Masters students in Interior Design, Urban Design, Sustainable Architecture and Historic Buildings Conservation.

Research Interests

My research interests include museology and spatial theory, public and site-specific art, cross-cultural consumption and twentieth century interior design histories. My pedagogic research is focused on the role of the image in student research and the role and value of visual research, observation and experience in the teaching of design history.

Current research project: 'Doing more with less' - using primary sources to enhance learning

This project evaluates learning and teaching strategies that encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the relationship between information and knowledge by prioritising visual research and inquiry based learning.

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