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Paul Ring

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Associate Professor Paul Ring joined the University in September 2005 and is Head of Subject for Architecture within the Dept. of Architecture & Built Environment. He is the author of the BA(Hons) and Pg Cert Interior Architecture programmes and was formerly the Faculty of Engineering & Environment’s Director of Review, Approvals and Academic Portfolio. His specialism is within creative reuse and building adaptation, developing research, academic and partnership activity around the adaptation or heritage spaces. Paul continues to focus his research and academic practice on the authenticity of the adapted interior and is co-lead on a partnership with the National Trust.

Paul has submitted research by design portfolios and an Impact Case Study to REF2021, authoring work on creative partnerships and heritage adaptation. His practice as an interior designer has developed a broad portfolio of work and he was awarded Scottish Interior Designer of the Year in 1997. He has previously worked collaboratively in studio with artists, sculptors, and designers on a wide range of projects, including architectural competitions and urban interventions, interior design, furniture and art installation works. He is a member of the ARCH [Adaptive Reuse and Cultural Heritage] research group within the international Scientific Research Network READ.ADAPT.REUSE. Reading and transforming the As Found (2024-2029). This transnational project, coordinated by Hasselt University (Belgium), involves 15 European Universities and is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

As a member of SCOSA (Council of Heads of Schools of Architecture), the SCOSA Teaching Excellence Awards Committee and as Secretary of Interior Educators, Paul makes contribution to the education of Architecture and Interior Architecture nationally and is an experienced external examiner, examining at Regents, Salford, UCA, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.  

Paul Ring

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • RS6 | Transformational Involvement Collaborative Co-Design For Heritage Interventions: The National Trust, Seaton Delaval Hall, Ring, P. 1 Aug 2022
  • The co-creation of knowledge and the development of soft skills, Brown, J., Ring, P. 10 Aug 2022, Rising Stars, The National Trust
  • Transformational Involvement, Ring, P., Sheil, S. 10 Aug 2022, Rising Stars, Swindon, The National Trust
  • Rising stars: a Creative Partnership: Seaton Delaval Hall, the National Trust, Ring, P., Brown, J. 28 Jan 2021
  • Gibside Interventions: Gibside Pleasure Grounds, The National Trust, Ring, P., Couture, A. 1 Oct 2019
  • Fight for Frontage: A Shopping Mall On a High Street, Vialard, A., Ingleby, T., Ring, P. 1 Jul 2017, Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa
  • Re-imagining Gibside Hall, Couture, A., Couture, B., Green, C., Ring, P., Miller, S., Mackinnon, K. 2014
  • Aligned curriculum as a tool for learning and support, Ring, P. 30 May 2013, iBEE 2013: Innovation in Built Environment Education (5th Annual Conference)
  • Restoration: Authenticity and Deception, Ring, P., Lomas, K. 1 Jul 2012, In: Built and Natural Environment Research Paper, Special Issue: Architecture
  • The Immanent Interior, Ring, P. 29 Mar 2012, Interior Educators 2nd International Conference 2012

Kathleen Gatward Adaptive Reuse: Developing design strategies for the continued occupation of the UK’s At-risk Heritage buildings. Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • Education City andGuildsLevel 5 June 30 2005
  • Design Studies MA October 01 1996
  • Design Studies BSc (Hons) July 01 1995


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