Suzanne Ewing


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PhD projects

In the areas of:

Field/work: as an inquiry into 'work' and 'working through' in relation to architectural projects and emerging urban 'fields'. Ideas of ground and land which shape conceptions of architecture and city.

Design practices: Techne and techniques of documentation and design in and of architecture and architectural construction (within the discipline and as a critique of disciplinary conventions).

Architectural, landscape and urban design education: histories, critical practices and disciplinary negotiations.

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Personal profile


Working at the intersection of humanities and design, my research interests are mainly in the area of critical practices and architectural culture: orientations and approaches to spatial, material and inhabitive imagination, drawing, visual media and architectural education as sites and modes of constructing the practice of architecture, cities and culture.

My most recent publication is Visual Research Methods in Architecture (2021), co-edited with Igea Troiani. I initiated and directed Field/Work, the 6th Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) International Conference held in Edinburgh (2009), Architecture and Field/Work (Routledge, 2011). Additional original reseach from this event was published in Architectural Research Quarterly

As co-Editor-in Chief of the international award-winning journal Architecture and Culture (CELJ ‘Best New Journal Award 2014’), I have contributed to formative themes, ‘Discipline’, ‘Disciplinary Practices’, 'Spaces of Tolerance', which explore Architecture's potential in interdisciplinary formations, and this journal as a space of 'new architectural criticism'. 

The design-research output of the Saltcities studios which I led as part of the Edinburgh Master of Architecture (2006-2014) has been internationally exhibited and stems from an ongoing desire to understand and enrich necessary connections between research, pedagogy and design, construing architecture as both a mode of enquiry and a means of specific proposition. Critical contemporary dilemmas of enviromental assymmetries in development, cultures of dwelling, and the literal and metaphoric unsure ground of the city are ongoing threads of enquiry in recent studios, Building-in-time (2019), At home (2021), Soundings (2022). 

I co-founded ZONE architects with David Jamieson in 2002, working from our purpose-designed studio in Granton. My practice contribution includes  invited urban projects and competitions, brief shaping, critical review, and project consolidation/ dissemination. Edinburgh:subterranean city was part of an installation exhibition at the Hidden Door Art Festival 2014, and na[0728] New Architectures for World Heritage, 2013, reflected on 10 years of ZONE practice output and sites in the context of the World Heritage Site of Edinburgh. 

Current projects:

- Voices of Experience: The Women Making Modern Scotland (2016-). A collaborative project, using oral history, conversation and creative practice in a framework of feminist archive construction, to document and communicate overloked contributions to the built environment.

- Women Make Cities (2021-2023) A research network funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh  that aims to augment the documentary approach to the role of women - in fields such as photography, art practice, literature, architecture, engineering and planning - with in-depth and inter-connected responses to how ‘women make cities’ in Scotland.




Education/Academic qualification

Master of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989


  • NA Architecture
  • Design, Theory, Practice
  • City, Urbanism
  • Architectural Criticism
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Architectural education
  • Critical pedagogy


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