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Helen O’Connor is currently course leader of the MArch and interdisciplinary MArch with Urban Planning programmes. She is an architect who has been engaged in education for over twenty-five years. She has acted as an external examiner at a number of architecture schools across the UK and internationally, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Based on her experience in developing and leading the MArch with Urban Planning she has recently completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Sheffield: ‘Mapping Critical Practice in a Transdisciplinary Urban Studio’ which used visual and spatial methods to document studio pedagogy.

She is currently a member of the Architects Registration Board Accreditation Committee.


In parallel with her work in material culture and interdisciplinary practice between fine art and architecture, Helen has a strong interest in Architectural Pedagogy, regularly attending and presenting papers to national conferences which explore aspects of studio practice.

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Helen focuses on architecture studio teaching, and has designed and taught modules at all levels of the course, including leading a masters studio in material culture and practice. She also lectures and runs short projects on this aspect of architectural theory and practice in the undergraduate course. Helen has developed, and is now leading the jointly accredited (ARB and RTPI) Masters in Architecture with Urban Planning.

She has acted as external examiner at Portsmouth and Greenwich schools of Architecture in the past, and is currently appointed to this role at Brimingham City University and at Liverpool John Moores. Since 2005 she has been an examiner for ARB Part 1 and 2 examinations.

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Areas of expertise

  • Architecture and urban planning