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Tara Hipwood

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Tara Hipwood 

I am a Chartered Architect and a Lecturer in Architecture at Northumbria University

Between 2003 and 2013 I was engaged in architectural education; beginning at the University of Bath and the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Strasbourg, France, followed by postgraduate studies, specialising in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design and RIBA Professional Practice examinations, both at Oxford Brookes University. These studies were combined with periods in architectural practice both in the UK and abroad, working on a variety of projects across the commercial, public, healthcare and social housing sectors, first as an architectural assistant and finally as a qualified architect.

My research interests focus around the intersections between occupant wellbeing, the built environment, and the natural environment – and perhaps most importantly where the distinction between these elements breaks down. I am shortly to complete my Ph.D. studies at Cardiff University, where my research explored a nexus-of-practice perspective towards teleological influences on owner-occupiers’ home improvements and the implications this has for encouraging low carbon retrofit.

I currently teach across both the Architecture and Interior Architecture undergraduate programmes as a Design Studio tutor as well as lecturer in Environmental Design, and Communication.

Campus Address

C101, Ellison Building
Northumbria University,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 8ST,


  • Geography PhD December 14 2018
  • Architecture MSc June 30 2011
  • Architecture DipArch June 30 2010
  • Architecture BSc (Hons) June 30 2007
  • Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy AFHEA 2015
  • RIBA Examination in Management, Practice, and Law RIBA Part III 2012

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Living within a One Planet reality: the contribution of personal Footprintcalculators, Collins, A., Galli, A., Hipwood, T., Murthy, A. 11 Feb 2020, In: Environmental Research Letters
  • Intersections between home improvements and health: An owner-occupier’s perspective, Hipwood, T. 1 Nov 2018, In: AMPS Proceedings
  • Understanding home improvements within the wider nexus of practice: Implications for encouraging owner-occupier low carbon retrofit, Hipwood, T. 19 Oct 2018
  • Drawing as Radical Multimodality, Hurdley, R., Biddulph, M., Backhaus, V., Hipwood, T., Hossain, R. 16 Nov 2017, In: American Anthropologist
  • Tales from the City: Intersections between the urban environment and owner-occupier low carbon retrofit, Hipwood, T. 23 Sep 2017
  • Identifying owner‐occupier’s motivations to undertake energy‐efficient housing retrofit: The case for ontological impartiality, Hipwood, T. Jun 2015
  • The Global Challenge of Encouraging Sustainable Living: Opportunities, Barriers, Policy and Practice, Hipwood, T. 2015, In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Development of a framework for the process of decision-making and the analysis of incentive schemes within the context of sustainable building, Hipwood, T., Sassi, P. 28 Oct 2014, World Sustainable Building 2014, Green Building Council España
  • Impacts of community-led energy retrofitting of owner-occupied dwellings, Gupta, R., Barnfield, L., Hipwood, T. 2014, In: Building Research & Information


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