Dr Frank has an interdisciplinary, international background, both, in Architecture and Urban Design through her first degree in Architecture from Germany and postgraduate studies in Urban and Technological and Environmental Planning at the University of Michigan (USA). She has joint the School of Geography and Planning in September 2000 and currently teaches on the professionally accredited BSc City and Regional Planning and MA Urban Design. Her areas of expertise include land use and spatial planning, sustainability and environmental issues, public participation, GIS, policy exercise/gaming and scenario planning, creativity techniques, and urban design.
In addition, Andrea is a dedicated educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She contributes to the quality assurance of the School’s degree programmes and is recognised for her expertise in planning education and pedagogy. She is regularly invited to speak and advise on planning education and pedagogy matters. For examples she served as external advisor for the planning programme review at Heriot-Watt University (2010) and on the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) advisory team providing strategic development guidance for the planning programme at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria).
- Practical Leadership for University management certificate, Institute of Leadership and Management through Cardiff University (2009)
- Doctor in Philosophy (PhD), Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - USA, (2000)
- Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - USA, (1994)
- Certificate in Gaming/Simulation Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - USA, (1994)
- Diplom-Ingenieur (Architecture), University of Stuttgart - Germany, (1990)
- Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, (2009 - Present)
- Deputy Director for CEBE (Housing, Planning, Transport), Cardiff University (2009 - 11)
- Lecturer, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Research Fellow, Cardiff University, (2000 - 2009)
- Research and Teaching, University of Michigan - Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems/ Spatial Data Accuracy/ Intelligent Transportation Systems Application Case Study, (1995 - 1999)
- Consultant, Haas + Partner, Stuttgart, Germany - International Standardisation of 3D Data Exchange, (1995 - 1995)
- Research Assistant, University of Michigan - Developing a Policy Exercise for the sustainable development of the Great Lakes Ecosystem, (1992 - 1995)
- Computer Aided Design in Architecture/Urban Design, RIB - Recheninstitut fürs Bauwesen, Stuttgart Germany, (1989 - 1991)
- Designer, Team 23, Güglingen Germany, (1985 - 1989)
Awards and Prizes
- 6 month Innolecture Guest Professor Award of the Stifterverband der Dt Wissenschaft (June-November 2012)
- Finalist of RTPI Teaching Excellence Prize 2012
- 8 Week DAAD Visiting Scholarship to Stuttgart Germany to develop relations and research governance structures (May – June 2011)
- HEA Learning and Development Bursary (June 2010)
- Mathilde-Planck Fellowship (Guest tutorship, Germany) 2007- present
Other Activities and Memberships
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2008)
- Executive committee member of Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 2007-2013
• Track chair for the Planning Education track (AESOP 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
• Jury member for AESOP Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2009-13)
- Global Planning Education Association (GPEAN) Coordinating committee Chair (2009-2012) & co-chair (2012-14)
- Editorial Board Member:CEBE Transactions and Journal for Education in the Built Environment
- Advisory Board Member of SAGSAGA (Swiss Austrian German Simulation and Gaming Association)
Her current research interests revolve several themes:
- urban governance and political structures and how such structures affect urban and sustainable development of cities and city-regions
- techniques in and for public participation in planning and design and how these might be re-engineered with modern media and technology
- planning education and pedagogy including issues such as employability and entrepreneurial skills, creativity in planning, work-based and experiential learning and internationalisation of planning curricula
- (ev)Valuing student-led community involvement
Scoping study which explores how community stakeholders perceive community involvement activities by students using teaching case studies from different UK institution. The project is supported by the Cardiff University Research Opportunity Scheme for undergraduate students (2013, CUROP).
- Exploring City Regions (DAAD travel grant, preliminary study, 2011-)
With Kevin Morgan. This project let to a CPLAN working paper 186: Reinventing the city: The art of Metro-governance in the Stuttgart Region.
- Planning Education Provision Globally and in Europe
This project resulted in an inventory of planning education programmes and to co-authoring Chapter 10 Planning Education, In 2009 UN Habitat Report on Global Settlement: Planning Sustainable Cities. U$ 1000.
- Internationalisation In Higher Education (9/2006-2007)
An exploration of the meaning and interpretation of and problems and barriers to internationalisation by built environment academics. Details: http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/curriculum/index.php Grant to Centre for Education in the Built Environment (Sponsor: Higher Education Funding Council). Principal Investigator. £5,000.
Degree Programmes and Modules
Andrea teaches mainly on the BSc City and Regional Planning and the MA Urban Design. In particular she contributes to the following modules:
- CP0121 Places and Plans (BSc CRP, year 1) - an introductory module to land use planning and urban design on the BSc City and Regional Planning
- CP0334 Spatial Strategy Making (BSc CRP, year 4)
- CP0314 Research Project (BSc CRP final year)
- CPT851 Studio II (MA Urban Design) Public participation techniques for community involvement in planning and design on the Master of Urban Design course
- Field study visits for both UG and PGT programmes
- Supervision of Master and Undergraduate Dissertations
- Personal tutoring responsibilities for 15-20 students annually
- Chair of Board of Studies (School of Geography and Planning)
- Deputy Director of the School's Teaching and Learning
- Member of Cardiff University’s quality assurance and standards committee
- Member on School IT (SITCOM) and Extenuating Circumstances Committees
Outside Cardiff, Andrea has been invited to lecture on sustainable urban design at the Universidad del Bió-Bió in Concepción (Chile) as part of a British Council Link and at the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon on the use of GIS in planning practice. Under the Erasmus staff exchange scheme, Andrea teaches regularly at the Hochschule für Technik (Stuttgart, Germany) where she teaches "English for Planners" and "International Planning Principles under a Mathilde-Planck Grant on the Master of Urban Planning.
Supporting the Cardiff City-Region
Dr Frank contributes regularly to the debate on governance and organisation of the city-region of Cardiff.
Valuing the Landscape in the Stuttgart Region. Invited presentation at the International conference on Rethinking the Landscape: delivering new economic, social, and environmental opportunities through our green infrastructure (www.the valleys.co.uk), Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff, UK. 20 September 2013.
Stuttgart-City region; its definition, benefits, status. Invited presentation to the WAG commission on city regions. Cardiff 11 January 2012.
Exhibition of Student work in Swansea
In June 2013, over 100 Swansea residents and visitors enjoyed the exhibition of MA urban design student work organised by Dr Frank and the MA Urban Design team. An award from the CU Engagement team helped defray the cost for the engagement event which was organised in collaboration with CREW, Swansea City Council and Coastal Housing. Student projects focused on regenerating Swansea High Street creatively and innovatively based on community involvement input. The Exhibition was open to the public for 2 weeks in an empty shop on the High Street.
Over the past year, Dr Frank has contributed to debates on planning education in the USA, Turkey, Ireland and Brazil speaking on:
- How should we internationalize planning education? Invited presentation at Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, USA. 12 September 2013
- Quest for New Approaches in Planning and Planning Education – a European perspective. Heads of Schools of TUPOB Turkiye Planlama Okullari Birgligi (Association of Planning Schools of Turkey) meeting, 27 June 2013, Istanbul Turkey
- Radically Rethinking Planning Education for the 21st century? A European perspective. Roundtable discussion with Christopher Silver and David Amborski at the joint AESOP-ACSP Congress, 15-19 July 2013, Dublin, Ireland
- Europeanisation of planning education? An initial Exploration of recent developments. ANPUR Conference, 20-24 May 2013, Recife, Brazil
Based on her experience in planning education and pedagogy Dr. Frank has been awarded an Innolecture Guest Professorship by the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft and the Carl-Zeiss Foundation for six months (1. June – 30 November 2012) at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany where she has conducted a survey of part-time tutors and introduced new reflective teaching and learning approaches to enhance the quality of provision at her host institution.
In February 2012 Andrea was a finalist for the RTPI Excellence in Teaching and Learning for her hands-on community involvement module on the MA Urban Design.