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Dr Tara Hipwood

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

I am a Chartered Architect and a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable and Environmental Design in the Department of Architecture at Northumbria University

Prior to commencing my Ph.D in Low Carbon Housing Retrofit at Cardiff University in 2014, I was engaged in architectural education. Beginning at the University of Bath and the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Strasbourg, France, this was followed by postgraduate studies, specialising in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design and RIBA Professional Practice examinations, both at Oxford Brookes University. My 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.

I currently teach across both the Architecture and Interior Architecture undergraduate programmes as a Design Studio tutor, as well as lecturing on various aspects of sustainability and environmental design.

Tara Hipwood

Campus Address

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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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. My Ph.D. studies, 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 am currently pursuing this interest further through participation in the Wellcome Trust Ideas Hub on Power, Ownership and Mental Health, as well as organising Northumbria University’s contribution to the Environments by Design Conference, to be hosted online in Dec 2021:

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Understanding low-carbon housing retrofit within a wider nexus of practices, Hipwood, T. May 2021, In: Journal of Architecture
  • Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever, Hipwood, T. 26 May 2020
  • 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, Research Matters
  • Drawing as Radical Multimodality: Salvaging Patrick Geddes's Material Methodology, 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, City+ Conference
  • Identifying owner‐occupier’s motivations to undertake energy‐efficient housing retrofit: The case for ontological impartiality, Hipwood, T. Jun 2015, Nordic Environmental Social Sciences
  • 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

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Architecture Media Politics and Society: Global Health Conference – Environments by Design: Health, Wellbeing, and Place 2021
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Architecture, Media, Politics and Society: Global Health Network 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (Journal) 2021
  • Publication Peer-review: Buildings & Cities (Journal) 2019
  • Publication Peer-review: Energy Policy (Journal) 2013

PGR Supervision

Habib Ghasemi Architects as Educators: Reconsidering the role of design professionals in owner-occupier low-carbon retrofit Start Date: 18/01/2021


  • 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

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