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Prof Ruth Conroy Dalton

Professor of Building Usability and Visualisation, Director of Research - Architecture and Built Environment

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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.

Campus Address

SUB002, Sutherland Building
Northumberland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Professor Christoph Hölscher, ETH/ETH Future Cities Lab, Singapore

Dr Jakub Krukar, Münster University

Dr Saskia Kuliga, Bauhaus-University-Weimar/ETH Future Cities Lab, Singapore

Dr Mark Major, Qatar University

Professor Dan Montello, UCSB (Santa Barbara)

Professor John Peponis, Georgia Tech, Atlanta

Professor Hugo Spiers, UCL

Dr. Rul von Stülpnagel, University of Freiburg

Dr Thora Tenbrink, Bangor University

Professor Jan Wiener, Bournemouth University

Current/Recent Projects

2017—2018, Collaborator (PI: Dr. Alexander Erath ETH) Grant: Pedestrian Comfort in high pedestrian activity areas. Funder: Ministry of National Development L2 NIC Directorate

2016—2019, Collaborator/Advisory Board Member (PI: Andri Gerber et al.) Grant: How do architects think and design space? Funder: Swiss National Science Foundation

2016—2017, Co-Investigator/UNN-PI (PI: Mark Tewdwr-Jones et al.) Grant: RCUK Urban Living Partnership Pilot. Funder: RCUK & Economic & Social Research Council

2015—2021, Collaborator, (PI: Gerhard Schmidt et al. ETH) Grant: Future Cities Lab 2. Funder: National Research Foundation of Singapore

2015—2017, Co-Investigator, UNN-PI (PI: Jan Wiener, Other Co-Is: Anthea Innes) Grant: Dementia-friendly architecture: Reducing Spatial Disorientation in Dementia Care Home. Funder: Economic & Social Research Council (ES/M009254/1)

2014—2017, Co-Investigator, (PI: Peter Wright, Other Co-Is: Cathrine Degnen, Helen Jarvis, Katie Rhian Brittain, Lynne Corner, Thomas Ploetz, Tim Townshend, Rose Gilroy, Patrick Olivier, Mark Blythe) Grant: MyPLACE: Mobility and PLace for the Age-friendly City Environment (EP/K037366/1)

Key Publications

Dalton, R., Krukar, J., & Hölscher, C. (2018). Architectural Cognition and Behavior. In D. Montello (Ed.), Handbook of Behavioral and Cognitive Geography (pp. 337). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Dalton, R. (2017). Designing for Heritage: Contemporary Visitor Centres. London: Lund Humphries.

Dalton, R., & Hölscher, C. (2016). Take One Building: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives of the Seattle Central Library. (Design Research in Architecture). London: Taylor & Francis.

Krukar, J., Dalton, R., & Hölscher, C. (2016). Applying HCI Methods and Concepts to Architectural Design (Or Why Architects Could Use HCI Even If They Don’t Know It). In Architecture and Interaction: Human Computer Interaction in Space and Place (pp. 17-35). (Human Computer Interaction Series). London: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-30028-3_2.

Dalton, R., & Kuliga, S. (2016). Using social media to gather users’ feedback of the Seattle central library. In R. Dalton, & C. Hölscher (Eds.), Take One Building: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives of the Seattle Central Library (pp. 167-187). Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.4324/9781315589237.

Kuliga, S. F., Thrash, T., Dalton, R., & Hoelscher, C. (2015). Virtual Reality as an Empirical Research Tool - Exploring User Experience in a Real Building and a Corresponding Virtual Model. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 54, 363-375. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2015.09.006.

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here

My Google Scholar link can be found here

PGR Supervision

Christopher Reeves

David Morton

Demet Yesiltepe

Diogo Henriques

Sebastian Messer


Seattle Central Library Space Syntax Analysis

Sea Hero Quest

Enabling DEMO:POLIS (Full Design Cycle)


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