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Prof Paul Jones


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Paul is a professor of architecture at Northumbria University, his research spans wellbeing, sustainability and placemaking. He has designed award-winning building and international competition entries, as well as authoring books and journal papers on his interest areas. He is the Director of the ‘Homes for the Future’ Innovation centre with MOBIE, established to improve the quality and perceived value of housing in the UK.

Paul contributed to the university’s Research Assessment Framework (2008) and Research Excellence Framework (2014) and will return five design-based output the REF 2021. These include building projects, such as environmental housing schemes, and an innovative respite home for the Bradley Lowery Foundation. He has also submitted urban projects and award winning competition entries that consider ideas related to well-being and sustainability.

Paul's success in competition entries has led to important building commissions and exhibitions. He has had his design work exhibited in prestigious venues around the world, including the Lincoln Centre New York, and the Palazzo Isimbardi in Milan. He has directed his students to numerous awards and commendations, both at Northumbria and at his previous institution.

Paul was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2011 for his contribution to architectural education; this accolade is the most prestigious in Higher Education for teaching. Only 50 out of 180000 academics receive this fellowship each year. As well as being a National Teaching Fellow, Paul is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA); an academic member of the RIBA Education Committee; a Chair of RIBA Visiting Boards; a member of SCHOSA (Standing Council of Heads of Schools of Architecture); and a Reviewer for the HEA. He is also an experienced external examiner having examined at Queens, Kingston, Portsmouth, Reading, and Leicester.

Paul Jones

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Humbledon Hill Houses, Jones, P. 12 Nov 2019
  • Comparing University Design Students’ and Tutors’ Perceptions of Creativity, Rodgers, P., Jones, P. 2017, In: The Design Journal
  • Living By Industry, Jones, P., Young, S., Glover, M., Ryan, J., Grindley, T. Sep 2017
  • Organicity: Utopia, or a new model for sustainable urban development?, Jones, P., Dobereiner, D. 2017, In: Construction Research and Innovation
  • A place of restoration, Jones, P., Brown, C. Dec 2016
  • Strategic sustainable development in the UK construction industry, through the Framework of Strategic Sustainable Development, using Building Information Modelling, Alwan, Z., Jones, P., Holgate, P. 12 Jan 2016, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Applying BIM to sustainable performance evaluation in design projects: An educational approach for architecture programmes, Alwan, Z., Holgate, P., Jones, P. 10 Sep 2015, eCAADe 2014
  • A study of university design tutors' perceptions of creativity, Jones, P., Rodgers, P., Nicholl, B. 2014, In: International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation

PGR Supervision

  • Dean Ireland Designing Where We Live Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • John Carr Flexible Age-Friendly Future Homes: 'The architectural design of prototype homes using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) with integrated Adaptable, Demountable, and Assistive Technologies to facilitate care and ageing-in-place' Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Shaun Young Contemporary Applications of the Picturesque in Architecture: A Practice-Led Approach Start Date: 01/02/2016
  • Shaun Young Start Date: 01/02/2016


  • Architecture EdD January 07 2015
  • Architecture BArch April 19 1997
  • Architecture BA (Hons) September 01 1990
  • Principal Fellow (PFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • National Teaching Fellow (NTF) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2002

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