Agustina Martire

Dr

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    United Kingdom

20052020

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Interests

I am a senior lecturer in architecture with an interest in urban history and theory, specifically in the significance of local mixed streets, their fabric, histories and experiences.

I studied architecture at 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 currently lead the StreetSpace project, an international and interdisciplinary project that studies local  mixed streets, shedding light on the way streets are used, experienced and represented. This is linked to a series of workshops, with the collaboration of scholars from different academic backgrounds, practitioners, civil servants and activists in the UK and abroad.

StreetSpace is for the third time a collaborative studio unit in the Masters of Architecture, funded by the Department for Communities and supported by Belfast City Council. In 2017-18 we studied the areas of North Street and Castle Street in Belfast City Centre and made a series of provocative proposals for new uses and buildings.In 2018-19 we studied the Clifton Gateway, from the City Centre to the North West, focusing on people's experiences of place through an ethnographic study of traders, dwellers and visitors. In 2019-20 we focused on Sailortown, a neighbourhood that lost practically all its built fabric but maintained a very strong displaced community.

I am Exams officer and in charge of the humanities stream in architecture, where I supervise dissertation students and coordinate an interdisciplinary lecture series in third year.

For more information on the streetspace project go to:

www.streetspaceresearch.com

 

 

 

Research Statement

My research focuses on the analysis of mixed use streets through their  morphology, histories and experiences.

I lead the StreetSpace project, an international and interdisciplinary research project that studies the significance of local, mixed use, plot based streets, and their value as a stronghold of local culture. The project proposes an alternative pedagogical and methodological tool for understanding local mixed use streets. This workshop was carried out in Belfast (2015-16-17-18-19) , Buenos Aires (2012), Edinburgh (2012) , London (2017), Naples (2017) and Ljubljana (2018).  The project includes academics from architecture, planning, history, geography, anthropology, sound art, photography and psychology, through the lecture series, reading groups and workshops. In 2017 an international symposium and exhibition was a platform for discussing and exhibiting the work. This led to the MArch year long live projects in 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and to workshops in Belfast, Naples, London, Ljubljana and Lisbon.

As part of my research engagement and impact I am chair of the SaveCQ campaign, which advocates for equitable urban development in Belfast; I have an advisory role in Participation and the Practice of Rights, which campaigns for homes for homeless and refugees; and I am part of the team that delivered the Ormeau Parklet, a temporary urban intervention to expand a pavement and provide space for social distancing and socialising.

Since my appointment at Queen's I have carried out a series of different research activities, including writing in international peer reviewed journals such as Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, the International Journal of ICOMOS, Springer's Urban Landscape Perspectives and Spaces and Flows; and the Irish Journal of Anthropology. I have participated in international conferences and been invited to give lectures and coordinate workshops in different academic institutions such as TUDelft, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Catolica de Chile, Universita Federico II in Naples and Gothenburg University, among others.

I am also involved in a series of networks of Architecture, Urban History and Urban Morphology, such as urban inventories with University of Montreal; Gateways and Hinterlands with Tokyo International University,  Universita Ca Foscari Venice and Brussels University; the All Ireland Architectural Research Group; and locally PLACE, RSUA, Women in Architecture NI and the UAH.

Teaching

NOW:

Co Director of MArch

Head of Humanities

RIBA Part 1

ARC3024 – History and Theory of Architecture III -  module coordinator

RIBA Part 2

ARC7017 – Architectural Research: Humanities dissertation – Supervisor

MArch Unit leader - StreetSpace Studio

ARC7022 – MArch I studio I - Coordinator

ARC7023 - MArch I studio 2 - Coordinator

ARC7024 - MArch II studio 3 - tutor

ARC7025 - MArch II studio 3 - tutor

ARC7021 - Thesis Research - tutor

 

Since my appointment at Queen's I have been involved in most levels of undergraduate and postgraduate education.  This includes architecture studio, history and theory, and the coordination of collaborative projects with RIBA, Department for Communities and Belfast City Council.

I coordinate History and Theory III since 2010, which included redesigning the module to introduce 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 history and theory team. An article based on our work has been published in The International Journal of Art & Design Education. More recently the module includes the lectures of 9 scholars from other disciplines, who introduce the complexity of cities to architecture stduents.

With a team of colleagues, I have developed writing in the school of architecture in undergrad and postgrad. I also included a new series of presentations by staff from different disciplines, organise reading seminars with PhD students and coordinate peer review sessions to enhance the modules and to create links between theory and practice in postgraduate architecture.

 

Particulars

Earlier Career

Post doctoral researcherUniversity College Dublin01/09/200920/08/2010
LecturerEuropean University01/02/200901/08/2009
Scientific ResearcherDelft University of Technology01/07/200801/02/2009
Doctoral candidateDelft University of Technology01/01/200501/07/2008

 

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

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