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Dr Peter Holgate

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Peter is currently Director of Learning and Teaching the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment.

EE Peter Holgate Staffprofile 255Born in Gateshead, North-East England; studied architecture at the Universities of Liverpool and Oregon; practised architecture in Newcastle, San Francisco, London and Frankfurt am Main, working on a variety of award-winning projects; qualified CDM Co-ordinator; full-time teacher of architecture since 2005; accredited postgraduate supervisor; awarded MA in Academic Practice, 2011; awarded Professional Doctorate in Education in 2016; roles have included Director of Learning and Teaching, Programme Leader (Master of Architecture), Director of Architectural Programmes and Interim Head of Department of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Campus Address

Ellison Building EBC204

0191 227 3720


  • EdD (Doctor of Education)
  • MA in Academic Practice
  • BArch
  • BA (Hons) Architecture

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Scholarships of learning and teaching in architectural education; regionalism, construction principles, well-being, and community engagement in architecture; supporting the well-being of students, encompassing dyslexia, time-management, diversity and creativity.

Architecture and Well-Being; Architectural Education; Healthcare Design; Higher Education Practice; Critical Regionalism.

Professional Activity

Teaching Interests and Modules

Architectural construction, detailing and structure; critical regionalism; research methods for architects; studio cultures, peer learning, and design process

External Examining

External examiner for the Architects Registration Board,

External examiner for Robert Gordon University

External Examiner for VIA University, Horsens

Professional Qualifications

2013 – present  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2010 - 2013 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2005 - 2015 Membership of the Association for Project Safety (CDM Co-Ordinator)

1991 - present  Chartered Membership, Royal Institute of British Architects

1991 - present  Registered Architect, Architects Registration Board

Editorial Boards

2016      ARENA Journal of Architectural Research

Reviewer of journal submissions for theme of architectural education    

2013-14 Association of Architectural Educators:

Reviewer of abstracts for ‘Charrette’ journal

2012  Higher Education Academy

Conference paper reviewer / editor for Built Environment contributions to 2012 STEM conference

Sponsors and Collaborators

Collaboration with Autodesk on research and production of learning materials concerning creativity and CAAD; collaboration with Spatial Cognition Universities of Freiburg and Bremen on the ‘Designing from the Inside-Out’ architectural research competition; participation on joint ventures, research and enterprise with the Higher Education Academy, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the Association of Architectural Educators, the Standing Council of Heads of Schools of Architecture, the Architects Registration Board, JDDK Architects, and a variety of industry manufacturers and suppliers

Key Publications

2015 ‘Developing an Inclusive Curriculum of Architecture for Students with Dyslexia’,
Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14(1), pp. 87-99

2014 ‘Towards a Scholarship of Learning in Architectural Education’
Charette, 1(1), pp. 146-155 (with Rachel Sara)

2014 ‘Strategic Sustainable Development in the UK Construction Industry through the Framework of Strategic Sustainable Development using Building Information Modelling
Journal of Cleaner Production (with Zaid Alwan, Paul Jones)

2013 ‘The Toughened Glass Ceiling: Women in Architectural Education in 2012’
‘Built and Natural Environment Research Papers’, 5(1), pp. 5-12 (with Kelly MacKinnon, Jenna Salter)

2012 ‘Subverting the Architectural Design Competition’
In: De Vos, E., De Walsche, J., Michels, M., Verbruggen, S. (eds.) (2012) ‘Theory by Design: Architectural research made explicit in the design teaching studio’, Antwerp, Artesis University College (with Ruth Conroy-Dalton, Christoph Hoelscher, Martin Broesamle)

2011 ‘Regional Engagement in Architecture at Northumbria University’
In: Mull, R., et al. (eds) (2011) ‘Intercultural Interactions in Architectural Education’, London: London Metropolitan University (with Peter Beacock)

2011 ‘Care of the Self: embedding well-being into architectural education' In: Well-being 2011; First International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being (with Paul Jones). Available at:

2011 ‘Foreword on the teaching of architecture at Northumbria University’ (with Paul Jones)
‘Architecture at Northumbria University: Approach to effective learning and teaching- through project based learning (PbL)’ (with Paul Jones)

‘Design Process Overview: A Curriculum Road Map using Autodesk Software’ (with David Hunt, Paul Jones)
(Above documents all available at:

2011 ‘Shieldfield 2012’-  Anthology of the Master of Architecture Year 1 Design Project proposals for Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne (Sebastian Messer, Peter Holgate, eds.)

2011 ‘Regional Engagement in Architecture at Northumbria University’ (with Peter Beacock) In: (Beacock, P., et al, eds.) ‘Intercultural Interaction: Engaging in Architectural Education’, CEBE/London Metropolitan University

2009 ‘Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in Architectural Programmes’ (unpublished – Academic Practice submission)

2006 ‘Assessment for Learning in Architectural Design Programmes’ – published in ‘The Northumbria Working Paper Series: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Built and Virtual Environment’ 2008 Volume 2; Available at: - Assessment for learning in architectural...Article.pdf

2003 ‘The Design and Construction Process Implications of the Air-tightness Requirements of the Building Regulations Part L2’ (with Andy Mace and Gordon Hudson); Available at:

Lectures and Conference proceedings:

2011 ‘Care of the Self: Embedding well-being in Architectural Education at Northumbria University’ – presentation to Well-being 2011 Conference, Birmingham University, July 2011 (with Paul Jones)

2011 ‘Dyslexia and the duty of care’ - presentation to Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture, Cambridge, June 2011

2009 ‘Regional Engagement at Northumbria University’ – presentation to Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture, London, April 2009 (with Peter Beacock)

2009 ‘Exploring Support and Guidance of Student Development - a Joint Enterprise’ – joint presentation to Northumbria University Teaching and Learning Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, September 2009

2007 ‘Assessment for Learning in Architecture Programmes’  - presentation to teaching staff of the School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, May 2007

2003 ‘Impact of the new Part L2 regulations on building construction.’ - CPD presentation on air-tightness on behalf of BSRIA, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

My Northumbria Research Link can be found here

PGR Supervision

PhD Current:

Digital Praxis in the Academic Studio: a Symbiosis that affords Synchronous Learning in the Architectural Learning Journey’ David Morton (2012-)

PhD Completed:

A theoretical framework for place-making in the public arena: a mixed method comparative study of Iranian and British cities’ Mohammad Radfar (completed 2013)

MA in Architectural Studies (Completed):

German Coastal Fortifications in Jersey 1941-45: Edifices on the Landscape and Legacies of War’ Daniel Goodricke (competed 2016)

The Experience of Making
William Campbell (completed 2012)

An Investigation into the Use of CAD Software in the Creative Architectural Design Process’ David Hunt (completed 2011)

NRL Link

Further Information

Current/Recent Projects

2016  ‘Design with Care’: collaboration with JDDK Architects and Dr Julie Trueman on hospice design

2013      ‘Designing from the Inside Out’: international student research competition organised in conjunction with the Universities of Freiburg and Bremen

2011 ‘Northumbria Creativity Curriculum’: research project in conjunction with Autodesk 


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