Nuala Flood
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    Particulars

    I have been a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) since April 2014. 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 (www.designingdublin.com) and most recently Public CoLab (www.publiccoLab.com ). 

    Teaching

    My goal, as stage 2 coordinator, is twofold. Firstly, 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. 

    Other

    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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