Organising Committee

Professor Ruth Morrow, Conference Chair, is Professor of Architecture in SPACE: School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queens University Belfast. Ruth’s research centres on the interconnections and potentials between people (particularly marginalized groups), place, pedagogy and creativity. Recent work included Ruth’s role as co-director of a spin-out company (www.tactilityfactory.com) commercializing patented technologies arising from design-led research. This work is theorized around craft, creative practice and prefabrication. Ruth is also a contributor to PS2 (a group of artists, architects and geographers) collaborating on projects/ publications that creatively and socially interact with traditionally undervalued urban and rural contexts (www.pssquared.org). Her work both informs and is informed by her teaching thus she hold a revisionist view of architectural education. 

Dr. Sarah Lappin, Conference Organiser, has been a Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast since 2008.  Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Architecture Degrees in the US, at Columbia (1994) and Princeton Universities (1998,) respectively.  She moved to Belfast in 1998 and practiced architecture whilst teaching at both Queen’s University and the University of Ulster.  She completed her PhD on Architecture Centres in 2008 and her first book, Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.  At Queen's Sarah teaches design and leads the theory course across the undergraduate programme. Her research interests include identity and architecture, rural issues and cultural policies. 

Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Coordinator of Scientific Committee, is a Lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast.  Mohamed is an architect and academic whose research work and experience extended between Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. He graduated in Architecture from Cairo University in 1996, and gained his Masters Degree from the same University in 2002. Between 2002 and 2006 he worked as a lecturer in Architecture at Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates and then moved to the UK to carry out PhD studies at the University of Sheffield, where he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in 2010. Mohamed’s research interests and published work cover urban communities in traditional contexts; Middle Eastern cities; the architecture of home; traditional practice and design processes. Recent work extends to the investigation of innovation in the Design studio and visits the relationship between ideological shifts and spatial transformation in urban landscape. Mohamed has published several studies in international conference proceedings and recent papers in UK Academic Journals.

Dr. Agustina Martire, Associate Organiser, is a Lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, with a PhD in urban history from Delft University of Technology. She teaches and researches in urban history and theory, with special interest in 19th century urban landscapes and the impact of transportation infrastructure in the spatial and social aspects of the city. She has published articles on the history of waterfronts and urban conservation of Buenos Aires, Chicago, Barcelona and Dublin in international journals and conference proceedings. She is currently working on research on the Dublin-Belfast railway line in the 19th century within the project Dublin-Belfast corridor at Queen’s.

Mr. Keith McAllister, Film Coordinator, is a Chartered Architect and Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast.  As the Stage Two Coordinator, he has a deep interest in promoting the design process, and understanding of context and the exploration or spatial progression for students in the design studio.  In particular, he promotes the value of place-making through the study and analysis of existing buildings, urban grain, streetscape and cinema.  He has practiced architecture in Russia, Italy and the UK. 

James Benedict Brown is a postgraduate researcher aligned to the Centre for Built Environment Research (CBER) at SPACE. His work investigates teaching initiatives that bring students of architecture in schools of architecture into contact with the 'real world' through live, design/build or construction projects. (http://learningarchitecture.wordpress.com/)?