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Prof Bob Giddings

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Bob Giddings studied Architecture at Newcastle University winning two prizes in design competitions.

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His interest in the integration of design and management led to a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and membership of the Chartered Institute of Building. A Master of Arts in Urban Studies was followed by a Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Design from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York. Before university, Bob was employed as a Building Technologist in London but has since worked with a number of award-winning architectural practices. He enjoyed five years as a part-time tutor at Newcastle School of Architecture before joining the School of the Built Environment. He has pioneered three innovative degree courses, including Architectural Design and Management, and continues to teach design to a variety of student groups.

Bob was School Research Director for ten years, supervises and examines PhD candidates. His own research in Architecture and Urban Design has produced conference papers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Athens, Cape Town, Delft, Pretoria, Tel-Aviv, Venice, Vienna, and work with universities in Australia and Hong Kong; as well as international conference papers for universities in this country including: Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Salford, and Sheffield. He has published a number of academic journal papers, and book chapters, as well as a book with Margaret Horne on architectural representation, titled Artists’ Impressions in Architectural Design. He is a lead examiner for the Architects Registration Board and member of the judging panel for the CIOB International Research and Innovation Awards. He has been a member of the RIBA Visiting Board Panel; subject specialist reviewer for Architecture, Building and Surveying with the Quality Assurance Agency; a member of an International Jury for a city centre design competition in the former Yugoslavia; on the Advisory Panel of Experts for the International Design and Environment Research Network; and he was one of the founders of Northumbria University's Sustainable Cities Research Institute.  

Member of:

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building

Fellow of the Forum for the Built Environment

Lead Examiner for the Architects Registration Board

Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College

CIOB Innovation and Research Panel

CIOB Faculty of Architecture and Surveying Board; Ambassador and

National Spokesperson for Architecture

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Campus Address

Room D120
Ellison Building City Campus

0191 227 4742


DPhil MA BArch BA


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Architectural Design Methodologies
  • Architectural Design Quality Evaluation
  • Post City-structuring Approach to Urban Design
  • Future of the City Centre
  • Worldwide Housing

Sponsors and Collaborators

CIB Working Commission on Architectural Management

Gateshead Council Design and Property Services

North Tyneside Homes

Ryder Architecture

Chartered Institute of Building Scholarship Programme

Key Publications

Giddings, Bob and Ladinski, Vladimir (2016) Implementation of a Local Authority workplace strategy. Facilities, 34 (3/4). pp. 196-218. ISSN 0263-2772

Charlton, James, Giddings, Bob, Thompson, Emine Mine and Peverett, Iwan (2015) Understanding the interoperability of virtual city models in assessing the performance of city centre squares. Environment and Planning A, 47 (6). pp. 1298-1312. ISSN 0308-518X

Pugalis, Lee, Giddings, Bob and Anyigor, Kelechi (2014) Reappraising the World Bank responses to rapid urbanisation: Slum improvements in Nigeria. Local Economy, 29 (4-5). pp. 519-540. ISSN 0269-0942

Giddings, Bob (2014) Masterplanning futures [book review]. Environment and Planning B Planning and Design, 41 (1). pp. 186-187. ISSN 0265-8135 

Giddings, Bob, Sharma, Monika, Jones, Paul and Jensen, Phil (2013) An evaluation tool for design quality: PFI sheltered housing. Building Research and Information, 41 (6). pp. 690-705. ISSN 0961-3218     

Giddings, Bob, Thomas, Jenny and Little, Linda (2013) Evaluation of the workplace environment in the UK, and the impact on users’ levels of stimulation. Indoor and Built Environment, n/a (n/a). n/a. ISSN 1420-326X

Giddings, Bob, Anyigor, Kelechi and Matthews, Lesley (2013) Social Structures, Local Economic Development and Environmental Quality in Deprived Communities: The case of the Kpirikpiri community in South-East Nigeria. Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, 18 (1). pp. 109-133. ISSN 1823-6499

Giddings, Bob, Charlton, James and Horne, Margaret (2011) Public squares in European city centres. URBAN DESIGN International, 16 (3). pp. 202-212. ISSN 1357-5317

Pugalis, Lee and Giddings, Bob (2011) A renewed right to urban life: A twenty-first century engagement with Lefebvre’s initial “cry”. Architectural Theory Review, 16 (3). pp. 278-295. ISSN 1755-0475

Giddings, Bob, Porter, Geoff, Paterson, Elaine and Theobald, Kate (2010) Participation in sustainability appraisal planning policy. Municipal Engineer, 163 (2). pp. 115-123. ISSN 0965-0903

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