Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem has received the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Cook Award for “Best Paper by a Scholar in the Field of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements” for the year 2014. He received the award on his paper: “Cairene Homes of Modernity: The changing architecture of home in the early 20th Century Cairo”.
The Jeffrey Cook Award is a recognition by the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) for the best scholarly paper submitted to the Biennial IASTE Conference and ‘concerned with the subject of traditional dwellings and settlements in a manner that challenges traditional scholarship on the subject and engages spatial analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective’. He received the recognition in the Award’s Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on the evening of 15th December 2014.
With over 500 international member scholars, 140 submissions and rigorous anonymous review, the Jeffrey Cook Award is the highest recognition in this field of research. The winning paper will feature in the Association’s Academic Journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (TDSR) later this year.
Dr Danny McPolin will lead a collaboration between SPACE, AECOM and McLaughlin & Harvey to create the world's longest Meccano bridge across the River Lagan in Belfast. Design students from Stage 3 will assemble the bridge in sections within SPACE, with the help of School children who are considering a career in Engineering. The Meccano will be reused to construction other exciting creations in the future.
We are delighted to welcome our Honorary Professor John Cole
John is an architect and health design champion in Northern Ireland. In June 2013 John retired from the role of Deputy Secretary and Chief Estates Officer DHSSPS (2008-2013) having previously acted as Chief Executive Health Estates Agency (2003-2008). Across that time he was responsible for the oversight and implementation of in excess of £3 billion of capital expenditure covering the full range of health and social care facilities from major regional centres of excellence and new acute hospitals to community hospitals, mental health facilities and primary and community health buildings.
John is currently Procurement Champion for the RIBA and was IMPACT assessor in REF2014. John's involvement in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering over the coming years will strengthen expertise in Health Care Design and procurement systems that support design quality across public sector buildings.
John's inaugural professorial lecture, Architecture: The Art of Healing, will be given on 19th Nov 2014.
Ruth Morrrow to spaek at 'Curating Conflicts: Disobedient Objects Conference'
Professor Ruth Morrow to speak at Victoria and Albert International Conference: 'Curating Conflicts: Disobedient Objects Conference'
Ruth Morrrow to give Keynote Lecture at AAE Annual Conference
Professor Ruth Morrow to give a Keynote Lecture at the Asoociation of Architecural Educators (AAE) Annual Intenational Conference 'Lining and Learning'. The first edition of the new AAE Journal will be launched at the conference, Ruth is the chief editor.
Sarah Lappin to Guest edit the Journal of Sonic Arts 2015
After delivering a paper at the European Sound Studies Association conference in Copenhagen in June 2014, Gascia Ouzounian School of Creative Arts, QUB and Sarah Lappin have been asked to guest edit the summer 2015 edition of the Journal of Sonic Studies. The edition will include papers delivered at our International Symposium for our project, Recomposing the City, held at QUB on 30 May 2014.
Ruth Morrrow appointed Visiting Professor at University of East London
Professor Ruth Morrow been appointed visiting Professor at University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. The appointment seeks to is strengthen and develop practice-based research collaboration with Alan Chandler, in the area of fabric-formed concrete.
Framework 7 'Smart Cities' Grant
Greg Keeffe has been awarded a Framework 7 ‘Smart Cities’ Grant by the European Union worth in total €12million. The Project ‘CityZEN’ aims to develop methodologies for the creation through retrofit of zero energy urban neighbourhoods. The Queens are partnered in the project by TU Delft, University of Sienna, The cities of Amsterdam and Grenoble, and a range of industrial partners such as Siemens, Daikin, and consultancies such as VITO and KEMA.
The Politics of Dissidence in Middle Eastern Urban Space
Dr Gehan Selim, Spaces of Liberation’s Lead Researcher, organised and chaired a special panel at the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. The panel was fully sponsored by the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies (IAMES) based in Calgary, Canada.
“The Means and Ends of the Grounds for Rebellion”, Prof Aysegul Baykan – Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
“Displacement of Power: The reproduction of public space in post-2011 Arab City”, Dr Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem (Project Leader) – Queen’s University Belfast, UK
“Visualizing Spatial (In) Justice in Middle Eastern Cities”, Dr Ipek Türeli, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Canada
“Participants and conscripts in Egypt’s urban spaces”, Mr Mohamed Elshahed – New York University, USA
Recomposing the City Symposium
You are cordially invited to attend a symposium on 'Recomposing the City: Sound Art & Urban Architecture' on Friday 30 May from 9.30am - 5.30pm at Queen's University Belfast. This symposium will bring together sound artists, architects and urban planners in investigating how cross-disciplinary research between sonic arts and architecture can generate new ways of understanding and transforming urban environments.
Seminar with Dr Gehan Selim on Spatial Practices of Revolt: Square-state relations during the Arab Spring protests
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr Gehan Selim was the guest speaker at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia at the university of Tokyo. She delivered a seminar on ‘Spatial Practices of Revolt: Square-state relations during the Arab Spring protests’. Dr Selim shared her insights on how people gathering in public squares conceptualized their spatial actions of revolt, the manner and tactics that allowed them to occupy the space. She drew on the ways that spatial practices of protests constituted not only rational attempts and practices to bring about societal changes, such as the realization of democracy, but also processes constructing specific social spaces for political contentions, through which actors’ worldviews were both formed, expressed and spatialised during the first 18 days of the Egyptian uprising in 2011. The debate raised several discussions by the audience about the future formation of public spaces and private public relations, gender interaction and the current situation and management of public squares by the state.
Link to the Seminar web page in Japanese:
Link to ‘Spaces of Liberation’ project:
Construction Management Seminars
Seminar with Dr. John Spillane and Marc Tracey of Ostick & Williams on the Implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors demonstrated through live modelling: Institute of Technology, Sligo (08/04/2014)
Dr. John Spillane together with Marc Treacy of Ostick & Williams put into practice, some of the applicative knowledge which has emerged from the KTP with QUB and Construction Management. The seminar was presented to both students and academics that have a keen interest in Building Information Modelling and its application within the construction sector. Feedback from those in attendance was very positive due to the seminar concentrating on the dissemination of information through applicative reality in the form of industry examples devised in house by Ostick & Willams.
Conference with Dr. John Spillane titled; Building Information Modelling: The Impending 2016 Government Mandate and its implications to the Irish Construction Sector (Limerick Institute of Technology (07/03/2013)
An invitation extended to Dr. John Spillane by the academic partners in the Built Environment at the Limerick Institute of Technology resulted in a timely presentation on the impending UK Government 2016 mandate for stage two BIM implementation on all public procured projects over £500,000 within the construction sector.
Seminar with Dr. John Spillane on the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) with the Vietnamese construction sector: National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) & The Ministry of Construction, Hanoi, Vietnam (14/08/2013).
In a presentation to both academic (NUCE) and industry (Ministry of Construction) partners, Dr. John Spillane presented an in-depth insight into the emerging ethos of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to illustrate the potential benefit on a local, national and international context.
Presentation with Dr. John Spillane on the Sustainable Construction Management: UK Practices and Procedures: National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) & The Ministry of Construction, Hanoi, Vietnam (13/11/2012).
To develop collaborative links with the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) Hanoi, Dr. John Spillane, as part of the DELphie project, presented and discussed the topic of Sustainable Construction Management, within the context of the United Kingdom.