International Research Award in Architecture for a SPACE researcher for his work on The Architecture of Home in Cairo.

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.

Queens Annual Fund Success
For the first time, two SPACE staff have been awarded financial support from the Queen's Annual Fund.  The Fund, which has raised £2.2 million from alumni of the university, supports projects which enhance the student experience.  
Dr Sarah Lappin (Architecture) and Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Creative Arts) will run a series of cross-faculty lectures and workshops which will focus on issues of sound and the built environment.  The series will be one of the first of its kind at the university, bringing together PGR and PhD students and experts from a variety of disciplines including architecture, planning, music, biology, anthropology, archaeology and beyond.  See their website  

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

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 Recomposing the city symposium

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.

 Check out the website for location and full schedule -
Egyptian Revolution

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:

Hall McKnight Ipswich Cornhill Competition Win
Hall McKnight has been announced from a shortlist of five practices as the winning design to transform the Cornhill in the centre of Ipswich.  The £3.5 million scheme will re–establish the landmark Town Hall building as a destination at the heart of the town, creating an accessible and contemporary civic space, on what is currently a sloped site with a poor relationship between Cornhill Square and the Town Hall.
Polyark returns - From Lima to Belfast to Rome and back.
A group of Queen’s University Belfast year out students, led by Dr Agustina Martire, visited Rome during four days in the last week of October to participate in the much anticipated event Polyark III – Polyport.
Polyport is a collaborative project between 15 schools of architecture organised by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) to bring back the spirit of Cedric Price’s Polyark. Price was convinced that architectural education needed to change, for which he published his National Plan for UK architecture schools in 1966. Five years later Price inaugurated the Polyark project, a double decker bus that travelled through the UK bringing students of architecture to work with each other in different parts of the country.
Keith McAllister News 
Keith McAllister presents at AHRA Conference: Transgression
Keith McAllister presents “TRANSGRESSING CONTEMPORARY BOUNDARIES: the narrator as true custodian of cultural knowledge in Ulster society” a paper by K McAllister & Dr C Donnelly (The Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, QUB)
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 Gold Medal
CPM Part-time student – Neal Lynch: CIOB Gold Medal Winner 2013
Neal Lynch, one of our current part-time MSc CPM students from Farrans (Graduating in December 2013) was awarded the Gold Medal in the Chartered Institute of Building – Construction Manager of the Year Award 2013, at a ceremony in the Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, last Thursday (31 Oct).   Neal won this prestigious award for the Rosie Hospital Perinatal Unit (Cambridge) in the ‘New Build & Refurbishment £10M-£19M’ category.
New Book- “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast”
Dr. M. Gamal Abdelmonem, Stage 3 Studio Coordinator, publishes a new book: “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast” (Ulster Tatler, 2013), which offers a journey to explore histories, traditions, festivities and the architecture of the Irish Town, Portrush, as part of the North Coast landscape. The book is illustrative of the research and design of Stage 3 Studio at Queen’s University Architecture, which spent a full semester working in Portrush.
The book, edited by M. Gamal Abdelmonem, features a Forward by Professor Michael McGarry (Head of Design); contributions by Steve Larkin, Jane Larmour, Cian Deegan, Tarla MacGabhann and Keith McAllister (Stage 3 Coordinator).  It also features quality pieces of theoretical encounters and design proposals from more than 30 BSc graduates.
A copy of the book is on display at SPACE Reception. The book is available now at BlackWell’s Bookshop @ Queen’s Student Union; or by
Recomposing the city: Sonic Art and Urban Architectures
Recomposing the City: Sonic Art and Urban Architectures is a collaborative research group based at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast. Their mission is to bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines in addressing the question: How can sound artists and architects working in collaboration generate new ways of analysing, understanding, and transforming urban spaces?
Prof Greg Keeffe of QUB and Ian McHugh win Paper of the Conference 
Prof Greg Keeffe of QUB and Ian McHugh of Green Triangle Studio Architects Manchester
won Paper of the Conference at Passive and Low Energy Architecture PLEA2013 - 29th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany 10-12 September 2013 for the Paper - IDEAhaus:A Comfortable Home for the UK’s Future Climate Describing their design for a customisable modular house that can survive extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding and overheating.
Venice Gehan Selim
Dr Gehan Selim presents a paper at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) Conference
Dr Gehan Selim presents a paper at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) Conference: Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa, University of Lisbon, Portugal on 5-6 September 2013. Dr Selim’s paper title is ‘The Imposition of Modernity: Urban planning practices in Colonial Cairo  1900-1952.
Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin were selected to act as Co-Commissioners/Curators.
Following an open competitive process, Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin were selected to act as Co-Commissioners/Curators.  Responding to the overall theme of the Biennale, Boyd and McLaughlin’s proposal looks at the social and material dimensions of infrastructures in forming the identity of Ireland since independence, and the embodiment of these in architecture.
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Biosphere first crop
The Biospheric Team had the pleasure to get the tools out and cut the first leaf crops. And oh! Were we surprised how much we got out of it: 21 Kilograms (46lb 5oz) of leaves with great colours, great texture and great taste! 
Biosphere project opens
First weekend at The Biospheric Project
What a weekend at The Biospheric Project. We opened our doors of this unique project with a press and partners tour, which saw Vincent Walsh, Project Manager at The Biospheric Project, and his team being interviewed by The Guardian, BBC Today Programme with Evan Davies, The Independent and a host of local journals. They we're treated to a tour of the project, taking in the forest garden, vermiponics system, mushroom systems, hydroponic system, aquaponics systems and the roof garden containing intense polytunnel growing system within outdoor garden and 3 store indoor farm.  Listen to Vincent Walsh being interviewed by Evan Davies on Radio 4's Today Programme about See 45 minutes into this link:
RIAI Awards 2013
Clancy Moore Architects win House of the year award
McGarry Ni Eanaigh win runner up for Best Educational Building 2013.
TAKA Architects win runner up for house of the year 2013.
AAI Downes Medal 
Clancy Moore Win AAI Downes Medal 2012
Clancy Moore Architects have been awarded the AAI’s Downes Medal, The supreme award of the Architectural Association of Ireland for excellence in Architectural Design, for Slievebawnogue, a project of two dwellings, set in the Dublin Mountains.


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.