Nuala Flood

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      Particulars

      I have been a full time member lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) since April 2014. Prior to this role, I practiced full time as an assistant architect from 2004-2006 and as a registered project architect from 2006-2010.  During this time, I was solely responsible for designing and managing the execution of a range of award winning projects, including public libraries, social housing and energy efficient office developments, with a maximum contract value of €32 million. I undertook my PhD in Collaborative Design for Sustainable Urban Development at Trinity College Dublin from 2010-2013, while simultaneously teaching design methods to undergraduate engineering students. I was a post-doctoral researcher at CTVR, the telecommunications research centre, from 2013 until commencing my current appointment. I bring all of this experience to bear on my teaching, research and administrative undertakings at QUB. 

      Research Interests

      My research interests include design and co-design methods, participatory design and participatory urbanism, ecotopian visions, architectural pedagogy, live projects and self-build methods.

      Research Statement

      My research focuses on developing codesign methods for the promotion of place-based sustainable development. In particular, I have examined the dynamics of how city design laboratories operate as a tools in this regard. My expertise in this area has been developed through my research and practice with Street Society 2015 (www.streetsocietyqub.com) and Designing Dublin (http://www.designingdublin.com/). 

      Teaching

      My goal, as stage 1 coordinator, is twofold. Firstly, I aim to establish the design studio as a safe space in which to experiment, be creative and learn and, secondly, I aim to empower the students to take responsibility of their own creative process, by helping them acquire the necessary skills to communicate their ideas and to unravel complex design situations. Working towards these goals, which is the subject of a recently completed journal article. In the discipline at large, I strive to develop a culture of architectural appreciation amongst the student cohort, through the establishment of multidirectional, open and creative conversations and through communicating my own passion for the subject. I also deliver lecture based teaching where I employ multiple means of communication: verbal, visual, gesture and video. 

       

      Module Co-ordinator (2014/2015)

      Arc 1023 Technology and Environment

      Arc 1026 Architectural Design and Communication

      Contributions to (2014/2015):

      Arc 1025 - Architectural Design and Communication

      Arc 7016 – MArch Studio

      Arc 7017 – Humanities Dissertations

       

      Module Co-ordinator (2015/2016)

      Arc 1026 Architectural Design and Communication

      Contributions to (2015/2016):

      Arc 1025 - Architectural Design and Communication

      Arc 2024 - History and Theory of Architecture, Stage 2

      Arc 3024 - History and Theory, Stage 3

      Arc 7023 – Architectural Technology Dissertations

      Arc 7017 – Humanities Dissertations

       

      Module Co-ordinator (2016/2017)

      Arc 1026 Architectural Design and Communication

      Arc 7023 – Architectural Technology Dissertations

      Contributions to (2016/2017):

      Arc 1025 - Architectural Design and Communication

      Arc 2024 - History and Theory of Architecture, Stage 2

      Arc 3024 - History and Theory, Stage 3

      Arc 7017 – Humanities Dissertations 

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      Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, having completed a post-graduate certificate in higher education teaching at QUB in June 2015

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