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Dr Hiral Patel

Dr Hiral Patel

Lecturer in Architecture

Email
patelh18@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

My current research and teaching aim to better understand clients and users of the built environments. I am interested in themes of learning, socio-material practices, holistic building performance and adaptation of buildings. 

Having trained as an architect from India and practiced in the UK, my work has spanned from research, developing business processes, managing projects to technical building design. I have also provided programme management consultancy to higher education clients. 

My PhD research theorises the practices of adapting academic library buildings. Based on this research, my consultancy for Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) identified research themes for future learning environments in the higher education sector. Building on this, I am co-create a research agenda for future learning environments to develop new ways of designing and managing higher education spaces. I also provide consultancy for businesses to develop research-based design approaches, which aligns with my design-research teaching activities.  

Through a range of funded projects, I have developed a framework to better align learning and space, which I am piloting with university partners and in workplaces. My research on workplaces involved curating the  DEGW archive and exploring the linkages between organisational practices and the built environment to help understand the changing nature of ‘work’. Based on this, I am currently co-authoring the third edition of 'Managing the Brief for Better Design'. 

Biography

Publications

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2014

Teaching

I teach on the topics of design-research, building performance, reflective learning, qualitative research methods, ethnography and architectural technology.

Supervision