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

Dr Juliet Davis

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

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Email:
davisjp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5497
Location:
Room 4.18, Friary House, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AE
Media commentator

I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design.

I convene the Architectural Design Masters programmes at the Welsh School of Architecture which includes the Masters in Architecture (March), the Masters in Architectural Design (MA AD) and the Masters in Urban Design (MA UD).

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 I aim to engage students critically in the dynamics and politics of real-world urban projects and issues.

I have several PhD students working on topics broadly connected with my research interests.

I am an architect with ten years of experience of working in London on a variety of projects, from the Royal National Theatre to St. Martin in the Fields.

I have a first-class degree from Cambridge University and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

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, ran 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 entitled ‘Urbanising the Event’ which focused on plans for London’s post-Olympic legacy as regeneration futures.

I took up my Senior Lectureship in Architecture at Cardiff University in late 2012.

Professional memberships

  • Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Academic positions

  • Architectural Design Masters Convenor (MArch, MA AD, MA UD)
  • MArch Dissertation supervisor
  • City Planning/ Urban Design History and Theory lectures
  • Higher degree (PhD) supervision
  • Research Ethics Committee Chair
  • Admissions Committee member
  • Research Committee member
    Board of Studies member

Speaking engagements

I have engaged with the media on numerous occasions. Connected with my legacy research, for example:

In connection with my recent research in Cardiff, I have contributed to media-based discussions around the history and possible futures of the Coal Exchange:

  • Nick Broomfield’s BBC4 documentary Going Going Gone (May 2016) focusing on disappearing heritage in Cardiff and Liverpool.
  • Chris Wood’s article Cardiff's neglected coal boom era area 'in danger' for BBC Cymru Wales (Jan 2017)’
  • The 07 February 2017 edition of the ‘Chronical Show’ for Radio Cardiff, amongst others.

I have spoken at numerous international conferences and public events around the world.

Committees and reviewing

  • External examiner at the Leicester School of Architecture (2014-2017)
  • Examiner of higher degree work (at Cambridge and Bristol universities recently)
  • Peer reviewer for several academic journals

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  • 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 also teach design in studio where the aim is to engage students critically in the dynamics and politics of real-world urban projects and issues. I have several PhD students working on topics broadly connected with my research interests.

Research interests

  • Urban Theory
  • Planning and architectural history
  • Urban regeneration
  • Mega event cities and urban legacies
  • Urban Resilience
  • Politics of heritage
    Urban futures

Three main interests inform my academic research:

  1. I am interested in the role of design in the context of regeneration, and in the frequently problematic connections between urban improvement and processes of social change involving displacement and/or gentrification.
  2. I am interested in temporal aspects of urban transformation – the relationships that change articulates between past, present and future. I am particularly concerned with how design approaches the future, whether as a realm of anticipation, of endless possibility, of creative or speculative opportunity and/or of uncertainty.
  3. I am also interested in the history of the city, especially in exploring the nature of change over time, the relationship between future-oriented visions and everyday realities, and the path-dependencies of development.

My doctoral thesis ‘Urbanising the Event’, completed in 2011, integrated these interests by examining the role and process of planning and design in enabling the ‘promise’ of sustainable regeneration connected to the 2012 Olympic Games legacy to be anticipated and realised over several decades. It asked what could be learnt about the nature and possible future of ‘legacy’ by looking at how it was being made at the inception of a long-term regeneration process? My research involved exploring the contexts for regeneration through the planning and development history of the Lower Lea Valley, the politics surrounding the Olympic site’s Compulsory Purchase and redevelopment, the governance of the legacy masterplan, the ideas of the future shaping the masterplan framework between 2005 and 2010, and perspectives of local residents on what regeneration might bring.

In framing this research, three strands of social and urban theory were central: Henri Lefebvre’s theorisations of the politics of city-making and the production of space, ideas of discourse formation and power associated with Michel Foucault and Barbara Adam’s work on orientations toward and social constructions of the future. The study also drew on wide base of interdisciplinary literature related to mega-events, global cities, urban governance, regeneration and participatory design.

The research revealed the complex processes through which a mega-event landscape was designed to transform into a ‘piece of city’. In the process, however, it highlighted challenges in making the vision of regeneration relevant to the experience of local people – those very residents of East London who, in theory, were the ‘subjects’ of sustainable regeneration.

This research was disseminated through peer-reviewed journal papers. I also have have a book in press related to the history of the Olympics site and the experience of legacy from the perspectives of small business dispersed from it in 2007. This book is a collaboration with the photographers Marion Davies and Debra Rapp.

My research on legacy governance led to London’s Great Estates as historic examples of development management over centuries. The Grosvenor Estate has been the focus of recent research and is one of the case studies in my current book project, ‘Care for the City’. Through a wide range of case studies, this sets out to make a case for the need and value of care in the making of urban futures.

Since being in Cardiff, I have also developed interests in planning and development in Cardiff Bay, particularly related to Butetown and the historical area around the Coal Exchange.

I am involved in Cardiff University’s interdisciplinary ‘Futures Research Group’ led by Emeritus Professor Barbara Adam

Main expertise
  • architecture
  • urbanism and urban design
  • history and theory
Supervision experience

Six current PhDs (four as first supervisor)

Additional supervision interests
  • urban futures
  • regeneration
  • mega event cities and transformative urban legacies
  • resilience in urban design and planning
  • politics of heritage
  • planning/ urban design history in London and elsewhere

Areas of expertise

External profiles