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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of - Planning and architecture in divided cities, - Inter-group contact of divided societies, - Contested societies - Spatial practices - Socio-spatial integration - Intergroup mixing - and community participation in the design


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I am a Lecturer and chartered Architect with over12 years experience in architectural practice.  My research focuses on architecture and planning in post conflict cities, specifically, city planning, architectural design, intergroup contact in divided societies, spatial practices, socio-spatial integration, and community participation in the design process. 


I have worked in high profile architectural practices in London and Belfast where I have designed, led and managed diverse and complex projects across the commercial, education, community sectors.  I remain active in community sector projects in architectural practice which coincides with my research.  I am currently leading a funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership, this partnership involves cross disciplinary research in collaboration with an Architectural practice working on live projects to investigate the design and delivery of shared space in divided communities, with a particular focus on shared education projects.  


I am on the board of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Northern Ireland (MAG), who advise on the implementation of the Policy for Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland.   I am a member of research group City Reparo which is a multidisciplinary collaboration with strong focus on areas of social, economic and environmental disadvantage and membership drawn from community, public and private sectors.  Alongside this, I sit on the Royal Institute of Ulster Architects (RSUA) council as QUB Representative, and I am a member of the Women in Architecture group at the RSUA.



I have extensive teaching experience at UG and PG level.  In my role as a Lecturer of Architecture at Queens University, I currently lead and teach on Stage 3 Design Studio and MArch Technical Dissertation

Current teaching modules include:

UG -  ARC2026 Design & Communication 2(ii) 

UG -  ARC3025 Design & Communication 3(i)

UG -  ARC3026 Design & Communication 3(ii)

PGT - ARC7023 Technical Dissertation



SWAN Champion for SNBE

Year Lead Year 3 BSc Architecture

Advisor of Studies of  Year 3 BSc Architecture

Module coordinator ARC3025 Design & Communication 3(i)

Module coordinator ARC3026 Design & Communication 3(ii)

Internal coordination for INTO QUB foundation course in Architecture

QUB representative on the Royal Society of Ulster Architects council

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Research Output

Making Space for Each Other: North Belfast

Mulholland, C., 2019, Queen's University Belfast. 80 p.

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    Narratives of Spatial Division: The Role of Social Memory in Shaping Urban Space in Belfast

    Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M. G. & Selim, G., Jun 2014, In : Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 8, 6, p. 746-760 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Negotiating spatiality: Potential of border areas for intergroup mixing in divided cities

    Mulholland, C., Abdelmonem, M. G. & Selim, G., Aug 2014, In : GAU Journal of Social and Applied Sciences. 6, 10, p. 428-441 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    QUB Staff Recognition Award

    Mulholland, Clare (Recipient), 14 Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    QUB Staff Recognition Award

    Mulholland, Clare (Recipient), 20 May 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Women's Higher Education Network (External organisation)

    Clare Mulholland (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Judge for the Alan Barnes Travel Scholarship 2020

    Clare Mulholland (Examiner)

    06 Mar 2020

    Activity: Examination typesOther examination

    COVID-19 Research Consultation for Ministerial Advisory Group N.I - Department of Communities

    Clare Mulholland (Organiser)

    13 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Participation and the Practice of Rights - Take Back the City Seminar

    Clare Mulholland (Invited speaker)

    30 Apr 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Advisor - Shared space Womens Centre

    Clare Mulholland (Advisor)

    29 Oct 2019 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation