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Prof Ruth Conroy Dalton

Professor of Building Usability and Visualisation

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Professor Dalton is an alumna of University College London.

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Professor Dalton is an alumna of University College London. As a licensed architect, she has worked for Foster and Partners (London) and Sheppard Robson Corgan Architects (London) and key projects upon which she has worked include the Carré d’Art de Nîmes, in France, the Palaçio de Congresos in Valencia, Spain, and the Kings Cross International Terminal (unbuilt). She has taught at the Architectural Association, London, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

0191 227 4107



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Professor Dalton’s research interests are centred around the relationship between the spatial layout of buildings and environments and their effect on how people understand and interact in those spaces. Professor Dalton is an expert in space syntax analysis and is passionately interested in the use of virtual environments as a method for researching human factors in the built environment.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Dr Christoph Hölscher, Center for Cognitive Science, University of Freiburg
Dr Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame
Dr Thomas Shipley, Vision Laboratory, Temple University
Dr Nicholas Dalton, The Open University
Dr Hugo Spiers, Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, UCL
Dr Jan Wiener, Bournemouth University

Key Publications

Carlson, L. A., Hölscher, C., Shipley, T. F., Conroy Dalton, R. (2010). Getting lost in buildings. Current Directions in Psychological Science 19(5), 284-289 doi:10.1177/0963721410383243.

Conroy Dalton, R., Hölscher, C., Peck, T., Pawar, V. (2010). Judgments of building complexity & navigability in virtual reality. Spatial Cognition 2010.

Kirsan, C., Conroy-Dalton, R. (2009). The Spatial Morphology of Deficient Samples: Applying 'Spatial String-Matching' Methods to an Incomplete Data of Vernacular Houses. In Wilkins, J., Anderson, K. (Eds.). Tools of the Trade: Methods, Techniques and Innovative Approaches in Archaeology ( pp.275-299). Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

Conroy-Dalton, R. (2007). Social exclusion and transportation in Peachtree City, Georgia. Progress in Planning 67(3), 264-286 doi:10.1016/j.progress.2007.03.001.

Conroy-Dalton, R., Kirsan, C. (2007). Small graph matching and building genotypes. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design X(X), 264-286 doi:10.1068/b31136.

Peponis, J., Conroy-Dalton, R., Wineman, J., Dalton, N. (2004). Measuring the effects of layout upon visitors' spatial behaviors in open plan exhibition settings. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 31, 453-473 doi:10.1068/b3041.

Conroy-Dalton, R. (2003). The secret is to follow your nose: route path selection and angularity. Environment and Behavior 35(1), 107-131 doi:10.1177/0013916502238867.

Zimring, C., Conroy-Dalton, R. (2003). Linking objective measures of space to cognition and action. Environment and Behavior 35(1), 3-16 doi:10.1177/0013916502238862.

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