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Dr Juliet Davis MA DipArch (Cantab) R.I.B.A. PhD

Dr Juliet Davis

MA DipArch (Cantab) R.I.B.A. PhD


+44 (0)29 2087 5497
T.10, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



  • Director of Postgraduate Teaching
  • Co-Director of the MA Urban Design
  • MArch Dissertation supervisor
  • Undergraduate history and theory lecturer
  • Urban Design Studio tutor
  • Higher degree (PhD) supervisor
  • School Executive Committee member
  • Board of Studies member

External activities

  • British Book Reviews Editor for Planning Perspectives (Taylor and Francis journal) (from 2019)
  • Editorial Board member of Planning Perspectives (Taylor and Francis journal) (from 2019)
  • External Examiner for the Kent School of Architecture BA (Hons) (2018-)
  • External Examiner for the Leicester School of Architecture MArch (2014-2018)
  • Examiner of higher degree work (at Cambridge University (2012, 2015-2018) and Bristol University (2013))
  • Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Other information

I am a Reader in Architecture and Urbanism.



I received my architectural education at Cambridge University, graduating in 1995 with a first-class degree (and the Edward S. Prior Prize for design) and, in 1999, with a Commendation for the Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part II). I  became a registered architect in 2001 and a Chartered Member of the RIBA in 2005. I worked at Stanton Williams Architects in London between 1995 and 1997, focusing predominantly on the extension and modernisation of the Royal National Theatre but also on Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank.

At Eric Parry Architects (1999 – 2005), I worked on a number of projects including public realm improvements in Lambeth, an extension to the Wimbledon School of Art and the regeneration of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. I began to teach design in 2004, running the first year of the undergraduate design programme at Cambridge University (2004-2005) and, subsequently, running studios at Canterbury School of Architecture and the London School of Economics (LSE).

I was an LSE Fellow between 2008 and 2011, co-leading the MSc City Design and Social Science studio at the Cities Programme. I completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD at the LSE in 2011. I took up my Senior Lectureship in Architecture at Cardiff University in late 2012 and was promoted to Reader in 2017. Since 2012, I have taught across the school's undergraduate programmes and I am currently the school's Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Co-Director of the MA Urban Design.
















  • Davis, J. 2007. Envisioning regulation. Presented at: Regulating Design: The Practices of Architecture, Governance and Control, London, UK, 11-12 Novermber 2007.



I teach at various levels of the school. I give lectures on city/town planning history and theory including the Garden City Movement and New Urbanism, on the ideas of urban thinkers such as Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, Jane Jacobs and Richard Sennett, on research methods related to design-based projects and dissertations, and on issues of contemporary urban design (social inclusivity, regeneration, resilience, planned communities, comprehensive versus incremental change, and gentrification).

I teach design in studio where the aim is to engage students critically in the dynamics and politics of urban projects and issues. Recent projects include a studio focussed on one of the planned communities forming part of the 2012 Olympic legacy in East London. 

I have several PhD students working on topics broadly connected with my research interests, including contested heritage in Barcelona and politics of regeneration in Valencia. 

Research interests

  • Planning history
  • Urban Design (including accessibility, atmosphere, continuity and change)
  • Urban regeneration (including issues of inclusion/ exclusion, displacement and gentrification)
  • Mega event cities
  • Urban futures (including utopian, sustainable and alternative futures)
  • Care, care ethics 

I am an architect and scholar whose teaching and research lie mainly in the fields of Planning and Urban Design. Three main interests inform my academic research. First, I am interested in the intersections of design ideas and discourses related to urban regeneration - in how the pasts and futures of sites of renewal are constructed and envisioned. Second, though in a related way, I am interested in how design anticipates the future, whether as a realm of open possibilities, of creative or speculative opportunity and/or of uncertainty. Third, I am interested in how Urban Design, through such dimensions of practice as accessibility and atmosphere, shapes care practices and relations in cities and also in how it might be thought of as embodying an ethic of care.

The first and second interests developed in the context of and are reflected in my AHRC-funded doctoral thesis ‘Urbanising the Event’, which I completed at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011. This examined the processes of envisioning and making a long-term legacy of urban regeneration for the 2012 Olympic site in East London, an area of the capital associated historically with industry and represented officially as one of the most deprived anywhere in the UK. Publications arising from this include a book, ‘Dispersal: Picturing Urban Change in East London’ (the publication of which was supported by a grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art), and numerous articles focussed on different aspects of the history of planning and design for legacy since 2004 which have been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Urbanism, Planning Perspectives and Futures. These interests are also reflected in recent and ongoing research aimed at exploring the construction of the past through planning, focussing on the fate of historical buildings from the era of the city of Cardiff’s coal trading boom and the combination of beliefs, views and ideas shaping their place in plans for the future.

The third interest is demonstrated particularly by my current book ‘Care and the City: Ethics of Urbanism.’ Responding to  growing understandings of issues of care in ‘extitutional’ settings and the potential of informal care, this considers the ways in which Urban Design might be thought of as fostering care relations and supporting care practices, as well as a practice embodying an ethic of care. It is due to be published by Bristol University Press in 2021. The research for this, involving an international selection of case studies, has been supported by funding from the Grosvenor Estate.

Related to all three interests, Juliet is currently guest-editing a special issue of the journal Planning Perspectives entitled ‘Epidemics, Planning and the City’ which sets out to explore how cities have confronted epidemics in the past through planning and development, and what lessons this offers for cities today adapting to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

She speaks regularly at conferences including those convened by the International Planning History Society and the Society of Architectural Historians.

She is involved in Cardiff University’s interdisciplinary ‘Future Matters Research Group’ led by Emeritus Professor Barbara Adam. Within the Welsh School of Architecture, she is a member of the ‘Urbanism’ and ‘History and Theory’ research groups.

Juliet is happy to receive enquiries and applications from potential PhD students interested in any of the above themes.


Main expertise

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Planning History
  • Urbanism
  • Urban Design: history and theory

Supervision experience

Three current PhDs (four as first supervisor)

One completed PhD

Additional supervision interests

She is broadly interested in topics of:

  • planning and design for urban change (practices, issues, alternatives)
  • regeneration (landscapes and housing)
  • post-industrial transformation/ transition
  • mega event cities and transformative urban legacies
  • urban improvement: concepts and applications
  • making urban futures
  • ethics and citymaking

In terms of research methods, she is particularly interested in visual research (design analysis, photography and maps) and historical research.

Current supervision

Luz Navarro

Luz (Maria) Navarro

Research student

Cennet Ascioglu

Research student

Past projects

Main Supervisor for Anna Papodopoulou (awarded 2018)