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Prof Ruth Dalton


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Ruth Conroy Dalton is a British architect, author and Professor of Architecture at Northumbria University. She has authored or contributed to more than 200 publications. She is an expert in space syntax analysis, pedestrian movement and wayfinding and a world-leading authority on the overlap between architecture and spatial cognition.

As a licensed architect, she has worked for Foster + Partners and Sheppard Robson Architects and key projects upon which she has worked include the Carré d'Art de Nîmes, in France and the Valencia Congress Centre, in Spain. She has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Northumbria University, where she was Head of Department for the Architecture and Built Environment Department, the first woman to hold the post. In 2019 she became the Inaugural/Founding Professor of Architecture and the first Head of the Lancaster School of Architecture at Lancaster University, before returning to Northumbria University in 2022.

Ruth Dalton

Architecture, Space Syntax, Spatial Cognition, Architectural Cognition, Architectural Experience, Architectural Useability, Wayfinding, Navigation, Pedestrian Movement, Virtual Reality, Design Thinking and Creativity, Architecture of Visitor Centres

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Entropy of city street networks linked to future spatial navigation ability, Coutrot, A., Manley, E., Goodroe, S., Gahnstrom, C., Filomena, G., Yesiltepe, D., Dalton, R., Wiener, J., Hölscher, C., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 7 Apr 2022, In: Nature
  • Living in Houses: A Personal History of English Domestic Architecture , Dalton, R. 3 Oct 2022
  • Wayfinding as a Social Activity, Dalton, R., Hölscher, C., Montello, D. 4 Feb 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Global determinants of navigation ability, Coutrot, A., Silva, R., Manley, E., de Cothi, W., Sami, S., Bohbot, V., Wiener, J., Hoelscher, C., Dalton, R., Hornberger, M., Spiers, H. 10 Sep 2018, In: Current Biology
  • Getting lost in buildings, Carlson, L., Hoelscher, C., Shipley, T., Dalton, R. Oct 2010, In: Current Directions in Psychological Science

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Living in Houses: A Personal History of English Domestic Architecture 2024
  • Oral presentation: Podcast: Season 1, Ep. 11. Professor Ruth Dalton measuring joy and the Reva G-Wiz 2024
  • Oral presentation: Space Syntax, Sea Hero Quest and Big Data 2023
  • Invited talk: Thomas Heatherwick: Humanise 2023
  • Other: Building Soul - with Thomas Heatherwick 2023
  • Invited talk: Wayfinding as a Social Activity 2023
  • Invited talk: NeuroCognition for Human-Centered Architectural Design 2023
  • Invited talk: Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries: Pioneering Collaborations in Cognitive Science, Architecture, and Digital Technologies 2023
  • Invited talk: Living in Houses: A Personal History of English Domestic Architecture 2023
  • Visiting an external academic institution: University of Cambridge 2023

  • Jakub Krukar The Influence of an Art Gallery's Spatial Layout on Human Attention to and Memory of Art Exhibits Start Date: 12/09/2011 End Date: 25/11/2015
  • Eiman Elbanhawy To Understand, Model and Design an E-Mobility System in its Urban Context Start Date: 12/09/2011 End Date: 26/05/2016
  • John-Sebastian Messer AGENCY | ARCHITECTURE | APPROPRIATION An Exploration of Participation in the Production of the City Start Date: 26/05/2020 End Date: 03/03/2021
  • Diogo Henriques Envisioning tomorrow’s cities: experiments in evaluation and co-creation of urban visions Start Date: 03/09/2021 End Date: 10/11/2023

Ruth welcomes applications from potential phd students in her research area.

  • Education (other/general) PGCert December 31 2010
  • Education (other/general) PGCert November 01 2007
  • Architecture PhD March 01 2001
  • Architecture PGCert December 01 2000
  • Architecture Other Qualification November 06 1998
  • Architecture MSc November 01 1996
  • Architecture BSc (Hons) August 01 1991
  • Information not provided Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2022
  • Architect Architects Registration Board (ARB)
  • Chartered Member Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) FHEA

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