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Nuala Flood


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am willing to supervise PhD research related to co-design methods, design methods, participatory design methods, design thinking, participatory urbanism, architectural pedagogy and place-based climate change adaptation planning.

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Personal profile


I have been a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) since April 2014 and the director of the undergraduate BSc architecture programme since August 2019. Prior to this role, I practiced 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, Designing Dublin ( and most recently Public CoLab ( ). 


My pedagogical goals are as follows. 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 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 adopt a grounded approach in my teaching methods, where studio projects are linked to timely real world issues and concerns. Currently, I coordinate the MArch Humanities Dissertation module. I have also taught architectural technology at undergraduate and post-graduate level. 


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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Research Output 2007 2019

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Open Access
public space

Drawing on Thick Descriptions in Architectural Pedagogy

Flood, N., 12 Oct 2019, (Accepted) In : Irish Journal of Anthropology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Integrating a Climate Change Adaptation Agenda into Architectural Education

Flood, N., 27 Aug 2019, (Accepted) Conference Proceedings of the fifth international peer reviewed conference of the Association of Architectural Educators. 10 p.

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

environmental education
greenhouse gas

Managing and facilitating small group projects: Examples from the disciplines: Architecture, Dr Nuala Flood and colleagues at Queen's University Belfast

Flood, N., 2019, Small Group Teaching: Tutorials, Seminars and Workshops. Exley, K., Dennick, R. & Fisher, A. (eds.). Routledge, p. 173 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

Open Access

Participatory Architectural Ethnography

Flood, N., 01 Jun 2019, p. 1. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

public space


Alistair MCCabe Travel Scholarship

Nuala Flood (Recipient), 01 Jun 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Nomination for Staff Excellence Award - Community Engagement

Nuala Flood (Recipient), 06 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

QUB Team Teaching Award

Nuala Flood (Recipient), 01 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Queen's Annual Fund Award (£1800)

Nuala Flood (Recipient), 20 Jan 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Staff Performance Award

Nuala Flood (Recipient), 07 Dec 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2007 2020

Public CoLab 2020 - Climate Change Narratives in Belfast

Nuala Flood (Organiser), Don Duncan (Organiser)
13 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

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

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference

Nuala Flood (Participant)
12 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Irish Journal of Anthropology (Journal)

Nuala Flood (Peer reviewer)
12 Oct 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Street Space Documentary Screening and Discussion

Nuala Flood (Invited speaker)
17 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Jane McCullough

Nuala Flood (Host)
03 Apr 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor