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Niek Turner


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I am a lecturer and fully qualified architect with over 10 years’ experience. I have worked on a varied portfolio of award-winning projects for several high-profile practices throughout the UK and Ireland. I completed my Batchelors in Architecture at the Macintosh School of Architecture, Diploma in Architecture at the Bartlett, UCL and Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice at the RIBA North West.

Research Interests

I am currently undertaking an AHRC funded PhD and have an ongoing academic interest in architecture and media. This has led to previous architectural research into a range of subjects, including contemporary electronic music and alchemy. My thesis continues this theme through the use of computer visualization techniques to explore how Soviet Avant-Garde film director, and one-time architecture student, Sergei Eisenstein manipulated space in his early silent films.


Alongside practice and research, I have also been actively involved in the teaching of architecture throughout my career. In my role as a lecturer at Queens University Belfast I have contributed to several components of the course, including Design Studio, History and Theory and Skills.  I am currently responsible for the delivery of Stage 1 Design Studio and the MArch Technical Dissertation.

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Research Output 2017 2020

  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Article

Ciné-Cento: Eisenstein’s Visual Methodology and the Space of Film

Turner, N., 2020, Visual Research Methods in Architecture. Intellect Ltd.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Florence Court Visitors Centre

Turner, N., Feb 2017, In : Perspective: Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. January - February, 2017, p. 84-90 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Queen's University Belfast - Team Teaching Award 2018

Niek Turner (Recipient), 28 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2017 2019

Un-Silencing the Space of Eisenstein: A Contemporary Visual Analysis of the use of Space in Sergei Eisenstein's Early Silent Films

Niek Turner (Advisor)
17 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Integrating the Climate Emergency into Architectural Technology

Niek Turner (Advisor)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Technical Studies in Architecture

Niek Turner (Participant)
13 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Media + Meaning

Niek Turner (Chair)
26 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Mark Swenarton

Gary Archibald Boyd (Host), Niek Turner (Host)
25 Jan 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor