Architecture at Queen’s delivers a world-class programme designed to equip new generations of architects with the knowledge and skills required to excel in the twenty first century.
Queen’s University Architecture has empowered students to create meaningful and inspirational spaces for over 50 years. As we enter a period of crisis, we are building on that prior knowledge to address serious global challenges head-on. Through a rigorous engagement with design, technology, history and theory, our staff, students and wider family act as leaders in these debates about our built environment’s future.
Architecture at Queens is in the Top 200 in the World QS Rankings. In the island of Ireland we are the leaders in Architectural research and indeed we have world-class expertise in Architectural Design, Sustainable Cities, Heritage, and Architectural Humanities. Head of Architecture, Dr Sarah Lappin, was Chair of the Architectural Humanities Research Association for six years, and we were co-founders of the All-Ireland Architecture Research Group.
In addition we have joint research projects with TU Delft, Cornell University, Uof Michigan, Qatar U, Keio University Japan, and RMIT and UTS in Australia amongst others. We have hosted major international conferences with guests and keynote speakers from around the world.
We hold a unique position in the university - current impact of our research is significant and the potential enormous, particularly within the context of the government’s declared Climate Emergency. In fact the discipline already holds two of the Queen’s Social Charter projects ‘Street Society’ and ‘CityZEN’, which highlights this.
KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS
Capital, Productive Landscapes and Architecture
Architecture and the Face of Coal: Mining and Modern Britain
This project investigates the production of enlightened and humane approaches to architecture throughout the twentieth century as a response to the extreme conditions associated with coal mining, a critical and strategic facet of the British economy.
Design and Integration in the Post-Conflict City
The Architecture of Education
Social and spatial practices influence integration and community cohesion in post-conflict cities. With a particular focus on shared education projects in Belfast, this project involves cross-disciplinary research in collaboration with an architectural practice working on live projects to investigate the design and delivery of shared space in divided communities.
Urban design and global food futures
The Moveable Nexus: the future of urban systems and food (M-NEX)
M-NEX investigates the challenges presented by the constantly expanding need for food, water and energy faced by global urban communities and exacerbated by climate change.
It explores urban design solutions focussed on urban agriculture as the key facilitator in a Nexus that requires water and energy for it to become productive and aims to develop live projects across six different bioregions.
Research Expertise of Architecture Staff:
- Urban Design
- The Public Realm
- Digital Architecture
- Participatory urbanism
- Sustainable city design
- Infrastructure and Identity
- Migrant Urbanisms
- Minorities and the City
UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE PATHWAYS
There a number of UG and PG pathways available to students. Select a pathway of choice below to find out more.
|STAFF NAME||RESEARCH INTERESTS|
|Dr Gary Boyd||The modern city, domestic architecture and health; spaces of war; infrastructure and identity; capitalism, productive landscapes and email@example.com|
|Dr Mark M. Campbell||
Spaces of globalisation; migrant urbanisms; colonial and postcolonial histories and futures; representations of the city and dwelling; future cities
|Dr Sean Cullen||
Sustainable city design (food, water and energy); futures of the city and housing
|Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk||Architecture, cities and cinema; cities and spaces of forced migration; minorities and the firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Nuala Flood||Participatory urbanism and architecture; ecotopian design visions; architectural pedagogy; live projects and self-build methods; climate change adaptation of the built email@example.com|
|Professor Tom Jeffries||New forms of contemporary urbanism (real and digital) emerging from different cultures, territorial sovereignties, landscapes and architectures||T.Jefferies@qub.ac.uk|
|Prof Alan Jones||Architectural design and its realisation through professional firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Prof Greg Keeffe||
Re-invigorating cities through spatial interventions and the application of innovative sustainable technologies to improve planetary futures
|Dr Sarah Lappin||Architecture and identity; architectural manifestations of identity in the twentieth century on the island of Ireland; sound and the email@example.com|
|Dr Jasna Mariotti||
Post-socialist cities and their urban transformation; sustainable urban design; histories and futures of retail in the 20th and 21st centuries
|Dr Agustina Martire||
Urban history and the design of streets; urban morphology and representations of street spaces; graphic ethnographic methods in the analysis and design of urban spaces and architecture
|Mr Keith McAllister||
Architecture and autism; disability and the built environment; inclusive design
|Prof Michael McGarry||Architecture, urban design, and the public firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Colm Moore||Architecture, Urban Design, Public Realmemail@example.com|
|Mrs Clare Mulholland||
Architectural design and city planning in divided societies; intergroup mixing and community participation in the design process
|Dr Chantelle Niblock||
Digital Architecture: applications of digital technologies in the creative design processes, prototyping and architectural Heritage
|Miss Rachel O'Grady||
Collaborative projects that examine the creative and civic potential of reviving architectural ‘heritage’ in cities
|Dr Niek Turner||
Architecture and film; media and space; modernism, the Soviet Avant Garde and space; new media as a tool for architectural research
IMPACT THROUGH INDUSTRY LINKS
Architecture has collaborations with numerous universities and other organisations around the globe. These include: TU Delft; MIT; Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Green Building Council, Australia; Innovate UK; Northern Ireland Climate Change; Belfast City Council Sustainable Development Group; Todd Architects, Belfast; and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.