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Helen O’Connor studied Architecture at the University of Dundee and began teaching part-time in the school shortly after achieving her Part 3 qualification. She combined teaching with practice (Architectural and Exhibition Design) for several years before taking a full-time position with the University in 1999.
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.
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.