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PhD in Architecture, Landscape, Interior and Urban Studies

George Themistokleous mediated visualities

PhD Architecture

PhD programme in Architecture, Landscape, Interior and Urban Design

Director of Studies and Supervisors: Dr. Ash Ahmed, Dr. Doreen Bernath, Dr. Quintin Bradley, Dr. Pauline Fitzgerald, Dr. David Glew, Dr. Mohamad Hafeda, Dr. Claire Hannibal, Dr. David Johnston, Dr. Carla Molinari, Prof. Lisa Stansbie, Dr. Liz Stirling, Prof. Ian Strange. 

The Leeds School of Architecture PhD programme - encompassing Architecture, Landscape, Interior and Urban Design - is inherently interdisciplinary and fosters specialisms outlined in the current Research Clusters identified within the school. The programme addresses the critical role of the discipline in its different aspects, from theory, practice, representation, participation, technology, ecological, art to politics. It pursues advanced research in different forms: academic writings, creative practices, laboratory experiments, field works, live projects, design processes and participatory feedbacks.  



The programme benefits from the cross-disciplinary research expertise and environment of both the School of Art, Architecture and Design and the School of Built Environment and Engineering. PhD candidates develop their individual research under the guidance of two supervisors and an external advisor where appropriate. The progress of doctoral studies and the development towards an academic career are supported by regular research seminars, presentations and discussions of their work both within and outside the school (across both School of AAD and School of BEE), Research Clusters activities ranging from specialised seminars, symposia and collaborative publications, opportunities and financial support to produce research output for publications and exhibitions internal and external to the school, teaching activities ranging from offering lectures, workshops and critical reviews to student projects, as well as research training programme workshops organised centrally by the university research office.  

Over the years, the PhD Programme in Leeds School of Architecture has development links with established research networks such as Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), European Architectural History Network (EAHN), Architectural Association PhD Programme, International PhD programme Villard d’Honnecourt, Northern Europe PhD network and Columbia University GSAPP Studio X.

Current Research Clusters in Leeds School of Architecture:

Cluster 1: Agency and Live Project Pedagogy

Cluster 2: Digital and Material Morphology

Cluster 3: Scene, Sequence and Mediated Commons

Cluster 4: New Ecologies and Territorial Architectonics

Cluster 5: Displacement, Other-ness and Multiplicity

2019-2020 PhD completions:


George Themistokleous

PhD title: ‘Mediated Visualities: Architectural Representation and the Digitised Body’

Director of Studies: Dr. Doreen Bernath

Second Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Stansbie

External Advisor: Dr. Teresa Stoppani


Braden Engel 

PhD title: ’The Gospel According to Rowe: Modern Architecture in Postmodern Education’ 

Director of Studies: Dr. Doreen Bernath

Second Supervisor: Prof. Ian Strange

External Advisor: Dr. Teresa Stoppani


Current PhD projects

Jennifer Chalkley (staff)

PhD title: ‘Playful Iterations: Construction Toys in the Design Process’

Director of Studies: Dr. Carla Molinari

Second Supervisor: Dr. Doreen Bernath


Ian Fletcher (staff)

PhD title: ‘Mycelium Curiosities’

Director of Studies: Dr. Ash Ahmed (Material Science, School of Built Environment & Engineering)

Second Supervisor: Dr. Pauline Fitzgerald (Biomedical Sciences, School of Clinical and Applied Sciences)


Kirstie Gregory

PhD title: ‘Architectural Appropriations in Contemporary Sculpture: The Uncanny Effect of Cross-Medium Migrations’

Director of Studies: Dr. Doreen Bernath (School of Art, Architecture and Design)

Second Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Stansbie (School of Art, Architecture and Design)


Giorgio Ponzo

PhD title: ‘Architecture Knowledge Work. A User’s Manual’

Director of Studies: Dr. Doreen Bernath (School of Art, Architecture and Design)

Second Supervisor: Dr. Mohamad Hafeda (School of Art, Architecture and Design)

External Advisor: Dr. Teresa Stoppani


Craig Stott (staff)

PhD title: ’Evaluating Client Learning through Live Projects: Innovations for Reflective Practice’

Director of Studies: Dr. Quintin Bradley (School of Built Environment and Engineering)

Second Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Stansbie (School of Art, Architecture and Design)


Petros Tsitnidis 

PhD title: ’Listening to occupants; how can the social housing sector use post occupancy evaluation to improve tenant experience, housing management and environmental impact?’

Director of Studies: Prof. David Johnston (School of Built Environment and Engineering)

Second Supervisor: Dr. David Glew (School of Built Environment and Engineering)

External Advisor: Dr. Claire Hannibal (School of Art, Architecture and Design)


Simon Warren (staff)

PhD title: ‘Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy in the Making’

Director of Studies (Second Supervisor): Dr. Liz Stirling (School of Art, Architecture and Design)

First Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Stansbie (School of Art, Architecture and Design)