Agustina Martire
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    Interests

    I am a lecturer in architecture with an interest in urban history and theory, specifically in the significance of local mixed use streets, their histories, perceptions 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 use 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 second time a collaborative studio unit in the Masters of Archictecture, together with the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council. In 2017-18 we studied the areas of North Street and Castle Street in Belfast City Centre and made a sereis of provocative proposals for new uses and buildings. This year we are studying 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.

    I am also in charge of part of the humanities stream in architecture, supervising dissertation students and teaching 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 history, heritage, morphology 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) , Buenos Aires (2012), Edinburgh (2012) , London (2017), Naples (2017) and Ljubljana (2018).  The project includes academics from architecture, planning, history, geography, anthropology, sound art, photgraphy 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 and 2018-19 and to workshops in Belfast, Naples, London and Ljubljana. The project is now linked to the SaveCQ campaign, which advocates for equitable urban development in Belfast.

    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. 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 have also been involved in a series of networks of Architecture, Urban History and Urban Morphology, such as the network Gateways and Hinterlands with Tokyo International University,  Universita Ca Foscari Venice and Brussels University; the All Ireland Architectural Research Group; and locally PLACE and the UAHS as representative from Queen’s.

    Teaching

    NOW:

    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

    ARC7018 – MArch I studio I

    ARC7019 - Thesis project I

    ARC7020 - Thesis project II

    ARC7021 - Thesis Research

     

    PAST:

    RIBA Part 1

    BSc Stage 1 coordinator

    ARC1017 – studio tutor

    ARC1018 – module coordinator

    ARC1016 – module coordinator

    ARC3004 – module coordinator

    RIBA Part 2

    MArch Year 1 Dissertation supervisor

    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 a RIBA project for year out students.

    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.

    I have had a role in the development of writing in the school of architecture. In September 2013 I became module coordinator of the Humanities Dissertation module. I have included a new series of presentations by staff, reading seminars with PhD students and peer review sessions to enhance the module 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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