I am a lecturer in Architecture at QUB specialised in urban history and theory. I studied architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where I worked in research and practice. I continued my research and design experience in the Netherlands, where I enrolled in a PhD in TU Delft to study the history of Urban Leisure Waterfronts. After obtaining my doctoral degree I worked as a post doctoral researcher in TUDelft and UCD Dublin.
I am currently running a studio unit in MArch focused on plot based vs block based urbanism and their socioeconomical implications. I am in charge of the fifth year humanities dissertation and I teach urban history and theory to third year BSc.
I am currently leading an international project on the analysis of urban mixed use streets, from a multidisciplinary perspective, which sheds light on the way urban spaces are used, experienced and represented. This is linked to a series of workshops that have been carried out in schools of architecture in the UK and abroad.
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My research focuses on the analysis of urban environments through their history, heritage and morphology. I specifically study the relationship between urban public space and transportation infrastructure, from harbours and parks to railway stations and squares.
Since my appointment at Queen's I have carried out a series of different research activities at national, regional and international level. These activities include the writing of international peer reviewed journal papers, participation in international conferences and the invitation to give lectures and coordinate workshops in different academic institutions.
I have published in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals such as Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, the International Journal of ICOMOS and Urban Landscape Perspectives.
I have also been involved in a series of networks of Architecture, Urban History and Urban Morphology, such as the network Gateways and Hinterlands with Tokyo International University , Universita Ca Foscari Venice and Brussels University; All Ireland Architectural Research Group, as website coordinator and the UAHS as representative from Queen’s.
Currently I am leading StreetSpace, an international research project. This project involves the analysis of the street as public space. The project proposes an alternative pedagogical and methodological tool for understanding urban spaces. This workshop has been carried out at QUB, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Edinburgh Art College and FAB Summer School in Belfast. The project has been broadened by the inclusion of academics from other disciplines, including history, geography, anthropology, sound and psychology. This materialised in a workshop to analyse North Street Belfast in August 2015. There are plans to continue this project with invitations to Universidad Catolica in Santiago de Chile and Universidad de Lima for 2016.
Head of Humanities
RIBA Part 1
ARC3024 – History and Theory of Architecture - module coordinator
RIBA Part 2
ARC7017 – Architectural Research: Humanities dissertation – Module coordinator
MArch Unit leader - Making Belfast
ARC7018 – MArch I studio I
ARC7019 - Thesis project I
ARC7020 - Thesis project II
ARC7021 - Thesis Research
RIBA Part 1
BSc Stage 1 coordinator
ARC1017 – studio tutor
ARC1018 – module coordinator
ARC1016 – module coordinator
ARC3004 – module coordinator
RIBA Part 2
MArch Year 1 Dissertation supervisor
Since my appointment at Queen's I have been involved in most levels of undergraduate and postgraduate education with increasing responsibility. This includes studio in under grad and post grad and the coordination of a RIBA project for year out students.
Among others, I have been in charge of stage 1 including the coordination of Architectural Design. I also coordinate History and Theory III since 2010. I redesigned the module to introduce the students to concepts of urban design and urban history, focusing on the relationship between architecture and the city. A series of innovations were introduced to the course, including reading sessions, peer review and a one minute presentations. The innovations in this module deserved the short listing for an Innovation in teaching prize with the Theory team. An article based on our work has been published in The International Journal of Art & Design Education.
I have had a significant role in the development of writing in the school of architecture. In September 2012 I became module coordinator of the Humanities Dissertation module. I have included a new series of presentations by staff, reading seminars with PhD students and peer review sessions to enhance the module and to create links between theory and practice in postgraduate architecture.
In 2015 I led a studio unit with Michael Corr in the MArch. In 2016 I lead a studio unit with Alan Jones.
|Post doctoral researcher||University College Dublin||01/09/2009||20/08/2010|
|Scientific Researcher||Delft University of Technology||01/07/2008||01/02/2009|
|Doctoral candidate||Delft University of Technology||01/01/2005||01/07/2008|
Earlier Grants and Awards
Grant. Research trip Buenos Aires. Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting 2008
Grant. Short term travel fellowship Chicago. NWO Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijke onderzoek 2006
18 month Scholarship “Stimulus” in Research. Granted by UBACyT. FADU-UBA. UBACyT 1999 - 2001
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1476-8070
Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.47 SJR 0.247 SNIP 0.955
Activity: Consultancy, business and community engagement › Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Prize: Other distinction
Prize: Other distinction
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities