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Andrea Couture

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Programme Leader; BA (Hons) Interior Architecture


Andrea joined the University in September 2011, with her primary role to co-establish the BA(Hons) Interior Architecture programme. She has contributed towards programme leadership, curricula planning, authorship and development. She also teaches across the BA(Hons) Architeture and Master of Architecture programmes.

Principle areas of teaching for Andrea are design and adaptive-reuse of existing buildings through studio teaching, design communication and construction technology in existing buildings. Teaching through constructive allignment, with an underpinning ethos of professional experience enabling an authentic foundation to pedagogic activities. Interests relate to creative re-use and the manner by which design is integrated into an existing building, with an emphasis on understanding the built fabric, site history and narrative as a precursor to development.

As a Fellow of the Higher Education Association (2014), Andrea is a Learning and Teaching Mentor at Northumbria supporting growth and development of colleagues.


Andrea’s postgraduate study is concerned with the adaptation and rehabilitation of existing buildings through contemplation of spatial topophilia and phenomenology. In addition, her research lies within art practice. Primarily installation and visual assemblage created as site-specific interventions as a response to physical spatial settings, and the parallels drawn between the artist and the interior architect or designer. Andrea reflects upon these differing disciplinary approaches to interaction with space, and use of distinctive disciplinary strengths that converge through inter-disciplinarity.


Prior to joining Northumbria, as a senior designer Andrea spent almost a decade in professional practice at large architectural practices in London, Manchester and Newcastle. With a broad ranging portfolio encompasing adaptive reuse of existing, listed and new build projects. Project sectors include libraries, cultural and public buildings, education, sports and leisure, workplace and healthcare, with project budgets of up to £40million.

Andrea continues to engage with practice, as a senior consultant for JardineCouture, and with Ryder Architecture in engagement in research and Post-Occupancy Evaluation processes.

Undertaking a lead advisor role for the procurement and development of our new architecture studios in Sutherland building, designed by the inspired team at Page\Park Architects. Andrea also sat client side as the University’s architectural subject specialist through the tendering and engagement processes.

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