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Dr Hiral Patel

Dr Hiral Patel

Lecturer

Email
patelh18@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB

Overview

My current research and teaching aims to better understands clients and users of built environment. 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) to identified research themes for future learning environments in the higher education sector. We also designed a framework to better align learning spaces with curriculum.

I am currently undertaking a ESRC Impact Accelerator project with leading architectural practices in the UK. In the context of the fourth industrial revolution, the project aims to develop new ways of designing higher education spaces and co-create a research agenda for the future learning environments. A subsequent ESRC Impact Accelerator project (due to start in May 2021) will create strategic briefing services for higher education sector.  

I am currently co-authoring the third edition of 'Managing the Brief for Better Design'. This builds on my research around the DEGW archive which explores the linkages between organisational practices and the built environment to help understand the changing nature of ‘work’.

Through my doctoral and post-doctoral research, I am particularly interested in developing the methodology of curating exhibitions as part of the research process. 

Biography

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Teaching

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