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Dr Shaun Young

Assistant Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment


Dr Shaun Young is an architectural practitioner and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment.



Since joining Northumbria, Shaun has taught across all levels of the architecture programme. He is currently co-leading Year 1 (2020-), having previously lead Year 3 (2018-21) and an award-winning MA design studio entitled ‘Landhaus’ (2016-18). Shaun is an experienced educator and has taught at a number of other schools of architecture in the UK, leading MA design studios at the University of Nottingham and Birmingham City University, and final year BA design studios at Kingston University and Newcastle University.



Shaun’s research is design driven and practice-led. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Contemporary Applications of the Picturesque in Architecture: A Practice-led Approach’, explored how concepts, techniques, and strategies from the eighteenth century Picturesque can inform contemporary architectural design. His current research continues to explore themes emerging from his doctorate and is concerned with how visual methodologies from architectural practice might be re-appropriated to provide alternatives to more traditional modes of conducting research in architecture. 



Before joining Northumbria, Shaun worked in architectural practice for several award winning, design-led architecture offices in the UK and Switzerland including Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; DRDH Architects; Adam Khan Architects; Architektbüro A. Furrer und Partner; Matheson Whiteley; and Pitman Tozer Architects. Shaun continues to work as an architectural practitioner and is currently working on several practice-led design research projects for community interest groups, artist collectives and local authorities in the North East of England.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Back to the Future: How can historic linear landscape infrastructures be re-appropriated to provide an alternative way of reconfiguring the countryside to ensure a more ecologically viable future and preserve the unique cultural heritage of a region?, Roberts, S., Young, S. 30 Mar 2024, AMPS: Prague - Heritages
  • Contemporary Applications of the Picturesque in Architecture: A Practice-led Approach, Young, S. 2022
  • Landscape Futures, Roberts, S., Young, S., Campbell, W. 5 Dec 2022
  • Preserving the Picturesque: The Role of Visual Methodologies in Representing Complex Cultural Phenomena and Reorienting Historical Research for Application in Contemporary Architectural Design, Young, S. 12 Dec 2022, AMPS: Prague - Heritages
  • Reframing the Picturesque: The Role of Visual Methodologies in Reorienting Historical Research for Application in Architectural Design, Young, S. 2022, CA²RE, Community for Artistic and Architectural Research, Glasgow 2022
  • SEEDS Symposium, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Urban Center (PO), Roberts, S., Young, S. 17 Dec 2022, SEEDS
  • Timelines: Engaging with Critical Thinking through Visual Contextualization, Vialard, A., Holgate, P., Young, S. 1 Jan 2019, 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference, ACSA Press
  • Living By Industry, Jones, P., Young, S., Glover, M., Ryan, J., Grindley, T. Sep 2017

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: AHRA International Conference 2023 Situated Ecologies of Care 2023
  • Invited talk: RIBA Journal Eye Line 2022 Winners Awards Ceremony 2022
  • Other: RIBA Journal Eye Line 2022 Winners' Exhibition 2022
  • Other: Mark Baines Architectural Illustration Exhibition 2022
  • Other: Royal Scottish Academy Art and Architecture Exhibition 2022 2022
  • Other: We Are Rare - 'Raw' 2021
  • Other: 'Emergence' - The Glasgow Gallery of Photography 2020
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Shaping Practice Lecture Series 2017
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Teaching Practice Lecture Series 2016

  • Architecture PhD October 07 2022
  • Architecture DipArch June 30 2011
  • Architecture BA (Hons) June 30 2008
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority FHEA

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