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Prof Paul Jones


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Paul studied at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), gaining a First Class degree (RIBA Part I), and a distinction in his second degree in architecture (RIBA Part II) and qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1998. He is also has a Doctorate of Education. Prior to teaching at Northumbria University, Paul taught in studio at the MSA, whilst also working in practice as an architect, specialising in sustainable architecture.

EE Pauljones Staffprofile 255Paul’s research expertise is in: teaching, design, design process and creativity- contributing to the university’s Research Assessment Framework (2008) and Research Excellence Framework (2014). He has had outstanding success in international design competitions, winning- or being placed- in 12 out of the 18 he has entered. This success 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, given for teaching excellence. 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 the external examiner at Kingston and Portsmouth Schools of Architecture.

In his spare time Paul enjoys watching football and also likes to paint and draw. He regularly visits his brother, who lives in Barcelona; he designed his brother’s house and regularly visits him with the family to take advantage of the sunshine, the great architecture and the nightlife

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BA(Hons) BArch(Dist) Ed.D NTF PFHEA RIBA

Key Publications

Paul’s research is principally demonstrated through architecture competitions; however, he also writes books and international journals (see cv)

2015  Maggie Centre for Krakow international competition: Second Place (with Brown) over 100 entrants world wide

2014  Organicity- Well Tech Smart Cities: Honorable Mention (with Dobreiner and Brown Description: a new typology for rapid urban growth. 80 entrants world wide

2012  Forgotten Spaces- Shortlisted (with Campbell) Published  in Architects Journal and exhibited

2010 ‘Integrated habitats’ Runner-up (with Dobreiner) Description: design competition organised by Natural England, the Environment Agency, Living roofs, and Reset. Brief was to design an eco- residential/ mixed use development that considered biodiversity. In excess of 60 entries world-wide awarded cash prize.

2010 Death by Architecture and D3 Architects (New York) ‘Housing for Tomorrow’: Runner-up (with Murdoch) medium density housing category awarded special commendation in overall competition. Description: the scheme proposed a crossed-programmed vertical farm and housing accommodation in excess of 120 entries world-wide. Work exhibited in Lincoln Centre New York and venues in Monterrey New Mexico.

2010 Gallery and Wildlife observatory on Chapel Point Lincolnshire: First Prize with Surface Light Space Description: design Competition organised through Lincolnshire Council and Art Council to design a Gallery on the coast at Chapel Point. Project to be delivered in conjunction local practice Surface Light Space - awarded commission

2007 Architecture Room - Bathing Beauties Design Competition: Runner up RAE output. Description: the brief asked for schemes to design a visitor and education centre for RNLI and a beachfront restaurant. The scheme proposed a prefabricated, carbon neutral solution. There were over 300 entries in total for the competition, from over twenty countries -awarded cash prize

2006 RIBA International Architecture Competition to Redesign of Newport Town Centre: First Prize (with Baty). RAE Output Description: this competition asked for schemes to consider the centre of Newport in relation to its riverside.  Design proposed a number of piazzas connecting the centre of the city to the waterfront. The competition attracted over a hundred entries - awarded cash prize


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