Prior to joining UCL, she worked as an architect, urban designer and policy adviser, both in the public and private sectors. For five years, she worked in the design of buildings and large scale urban projects in offices based in London and Lisbon, and contributed to the development of several masterplans.
She has been teaching at UCL since 2010, mainly in the field of urban design. As Director of Education for the BSP, she is also involved in education leadership and management, student and staff support, external engagement, and the advancement of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2019, she was awarded the UCL Provost’s Education Award.
Her research interests span across the following themes:
• The spatiality of work: This multidisciplinary strand of research investigates the relationship between economic activities and the city’s spatial configuration through a focus on the Spatiality of Work. She is interested in understanding how changing work patterns (e.g. multi-location work, hybrid work, digital work, etc) are mediated by and impact the built environment at different scales. She has examined these issues through her PhD research on Shoreditch’s creative digital industries. Currently, she is focusing on post pandemic work patterns, in particular hybrid work, and its implications for urban design and planning;
• Urban Design methodologies for research and teaching practice: She is interested in urban design research methodologies, including Research by Design and Research in Practice, and ways of enhancing research-based education. As part of this research stream, she edited an issue of the Urban Design Group Journal on “Practice-Led Research in Urban Design” (2021). She is also exploring inclusive and engaged pedagogical practices in urban design. Recently, she worked on a collaborative project to reframe our teaching to reflect queer perspectives in the built environment.
Research Focus and Interests - spatiality of work; creative clusters; hybrid work; community engaged urban design teaching; research by design.