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Prof Rosie Parnell


Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Rosie AprnellRosie Parnell is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment and the PGR Director for her Faculty. Rosie’s research, teaching and practice combine interests in children’s spaces, design process, participation and architecture education. She has delivered projects and lectures internationally on these topics and supported major organisations and small NGOs with associated research, training and development - most recently as a member of the American Institute of Architect’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Research Task Force. Rosie began working with children and young people as education manager at an environmental regeneration charity in the UK. She brought this experience back to academia, pursuing a range of outreach and research activities with schools and youth groups which led to a focus on children’s participation in spatial and educational design. Her research has been supported by the EPSRC, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Leverhulme Trust. Rosie has a wide range of teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She taught at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture from 1998 until 2015 when she joined Northumbria. She received the University of Sheffield Senate Award for her teaching and a prestigious teaching fellowship at the Technical University Berlin. 

Campus Address

Room D116, Ellison Building


Architecture PhD January 05 2004

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Public Playground Paradox, Parnell, R., Pitsikali, A. 19 Apr 2019, In: Children's Geographies
  • The Public Value of Child-Friendly Space, Pitsikali, A., Parnell, R., McIntyre, L. 4 Jul 2019, In: Archnet-IJAR
  • Editorial, Million, A., Parnell, R., Coelen, T. Feb 2018, In: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning
  • Angela Million and Rosie Parnell — The Educative Planner, Million, A., Parnell, R. 26 Jun 2017, In: disP - The Planning Review
  • Research Connects, Parnell, R. 2017
  • Creativity, play and transgression: children transforming spatial design, Birch, J., Parnell, R., Patsarika, M., Šorn, M. 12 Apr 2016, In: CoDesign
  • Participating Together: Dialogic Space between Children and Architects in the Design Process, Birch, J., Parnell, R., Patsarika, M., Šorn, M. 30 Sep 2016, In: Children's Geographies
  • Schools as 3D Textbooks for Sustainability Education, Brkovic, M., Parnell, R. 12 Aug 2016, Education, Space and Urban Planning, Wiesbaden, Springer
  • Living and Learning, Parnell, R. 1 Sep 2015, In: Charrette

PGR Supervision

  • Katja Leyendecker Women activists’ experience of local cycling politics Start: 24/05/2018
  • Alkistis Pitsikali The boundaries of heterotopia. Examining the playground’s ‘public value’ in contemporary Athens Start: 01/10/2015
  • Heba Sarhan Start: 16/03/2018


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