|Research Group||Architectural History and Theory Group|
King Edward VII Avenue
|Fax||029 2087 4623|
I have been a part time lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture since 2001, contributing to the teaching of the history and theory of architecture throughout the undergraduate degree and at MArch level. I have been module leader for history of architecture courses in the first and second years of the undergraduate degree for several years.
I am also the School representative for unfair practice issues, involved in co-ordinating university policy and adjudicating at unfair practice hearings.
My PhD thesis, entitled ‘The vernacular Origin of Welsh Nonconformist Chapels’ was completed in 2009 and I retain an interest in historiography, religious architecture particularly of the European Reformation, British Classicism and the relationships between vernacular and formal architecture that were the main subjects of the thesis. I have also undertaken research on domestic architecture firstly of the prehistoric and classical periods as part of an earlier degree programme and secondly of British social housing as part of previous employment in public sector housing management.
As a qualified teacher, I am also interested in the theory and practice of education.
I have recently returned from 6 months in Ethiopia as a Voluntary Services Overseas volunteer, working partly on advising on teaching and learning methods in higher education, which drew my attention to the issue of higher education in the context of developing countries, especially in Africa. As we are currently revising the Welsh School of Architecture syllabus, education theory has become a major preoccupation, whilst research into the historic architecture of Ethiopia has amplified my interests in vernacular buildings, the role of architecture in establishing identity and the ways in which interpretations of architecture are used as part of a wider social and cultural history.