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Kelly Mackinnon

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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Kelly joined the School of the Built Environment in August 2007 as a Senior Lecturer in Architecture. Prior to teaching at Northumbria University, she taught part time in studio at Strathclyde University, whilst also working in practice. She also acted as a visiting tutor at both the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, the Interior Design Department at James Watt College and the Housing degree at Glasgow University. Kelly has also been a visiting Artist at Inspiration at The Lighthouse, “A festival of the arts for Children and Young People in Glasgow” developing projects with the aim of engaging children with Architecture and Design.

Kelly worked for 4 years in Practice for Anderson Bell & Christie Architects in Glasgow. The Practice worked on a range of projects with various clients from housing association work through to voluntary groups, community groups and health trusts.

Kelly has a keen interest in art and regularly paints and draws whenever she gets the chance and attend and supports local and regional art shows. Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, she travels north as much as I can to visit family and friends.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Alnwick Castle + Gardens: Northern Landscapes Exhibition: Capability Brown , Mackinnon, K. 29 Apr 2017
  • RIBA Student Destination Report 2017: Professional Report, Mackinnon, K. 2017
  • Authenticity + Engagement in Architectural Education, Elliott, B., Mackinnon, K., Roberts, S. 5 Sep 2016, 2nd Annual AAE Conference 2014 - Proceedings, Sheffield, UK, University of Sheffield
  • RIBA Student Destination Report 2016, Mackinnon, K., Foster, L. 2016
  • Community Engagement and Live Projects within Architectural Education, Mackinnon, K. Sep 2015, The Annual Conference of the Council of Heads of the Built Environment
  • Re-imagining Gibside Hall, Couture, A., Couture, B., Green, C., Ring, P., Miller, S., Mackinnon, K. 2014

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: RIBA Research Trust Application 2018 2018
  • Invited talk: RIBA Women in Architecture Lecture 2018
  • Visiting an external academic institution: Birmingham City University 2015
  • Other: Invited Judge at Young Engineer Design Technology Awards 2013
  • Invited talk: Lord Mayor's Awards, Newcastle upon Tyne 2013
  • Other: RIBA Forgotten Spaces Exhibition 2012

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John-Sebastian Messer AGENCY | ARCHITECTURE | APPROPRIATION An Exploration of Participation in the Production of the City Start Date: 26/05/2020 End Date: 03/03/2021


  • HEFC June 28 2018
  • HEFC February 27 2015
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 11 2007
  • Architecture PGDip January 01 2001
  • Architecture BArch September 01 1997
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA) SFHEA 2018
  • Architect Architects Registration Board (ARB) 2007
  • Associate Member Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 2007

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