Biography

BArch Design(HHons) MArch(Harvard) ARB RIBA FHEA

I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2012, teaching in design studios and contributing to professional practice, dissertation and history and theory modules.  I am currently the Associate Head of School, and have previous experinece as Course Leader for the Master of Architecture (Part 2) and the Final Examination in Professional Practice (Part 3).  The focus of my practice, and research, relates to integrated design and theories of Architecture & Landscape in education and practice, and I lead the Architecture & Landscape Lab design studio.  

Throughout my teaching career, I have been involved in practice. I am a director of craft:pegg, a multi-discipline design office working on urban, landscape, architecture, and art installations in the UK and the Middle East. Prior to setting up craft:pegg in 2004, I worked on a wide range of UK and international projects with Gustafson Porter, Martha Schwartz, Allies and Morrison, and other design firms in the UK and the US.  

I studied Architecture and Anthropology at the University of Florida, and completed my Master in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  I am working toward a Professional Doctorate (EdD) through the School of Education,with a focus professional identity, design education and practice.   My previous teaching experience includes leading undergraduate design studios at the University of East London and the Boston Architectural College, student teaching at the University of Florida, and landscape design workshops, drawing workshops, and design reviews in the UK and the US.

Research Interests

  • Architecture and Landscape
  • Cultural Contexts and Sustainability
  • Landscape Memorials
  • Gamification and Scenario Based Learning in Design
  • Professional Practice

My teaching and research reflect my experience and interest in collaborative and cross-discipline design. My design work, research and studios explore the inseparable relationship between landscape and architecture, using cultural, historical, and topographic concepts to design and support ecologically and economically sustainable places. I teach professional practice as an integrated design tool - enabling, supporting, and creating successful design projects through practice.

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