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Working at the intersection of humanities and design, my research interests are 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- Executive Editor (2012-2023) of the international award-winning journal Architecture and Culture (CELJ ‘Best New Journal Award 2014’), I have contributed to Issue themes, ‘Discipline’, ‘Disciplinary Practices’, 'Spaces of Tolerance', which explore Architecture's 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 programme (2006-2014) has been internationally exhibited. Studio inquiries pursue connections between research, pedagogy and design. Critical spatial and sonic attentiveness, site recording, enviromental assymmetries, cultures of dwelling and alteration, and the literal and metaphoric unsure ground of the city are concerns informing recent studios, Building-in-time (2019), At home (2021), Soundings (2022), The Empty Space (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.

VoE Datashare 

- 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.

WMC Website

-Minimally Disruptive Urbanism (2022-23) A collaborative project working with colleagues from the University of Sydney.





Education/Academic qualification

Master of Architecture, Design: Language and Mime Centre, Luxembourg. Text: A study of water and the city in sixteenth century Rome, the nymphaeum of the Villa Giulia., University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Design: A proposed design for a public printworks in Bermondsey, London. Text: A study of the Villa Mairea, Finland, by architect, Alvar Aalto. , University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989


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

College Research Themes

  • Future Cities


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