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Professor Flora Samuel


Professor Flora Samuel

Job Title

Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment


To develop the research culture in our new School of Architecture


MA Dip (Cantab), PhD, RIBA Chartered Architect

External Responsibilities

  • Elected National Council Member and Trustee RIBA
  • Chair of the RIBA Research and Innovation Group
  • Member of the RIBA Practice and Professional and Education Committee
  • Member of the Architects Council of Europe Working Group on Energy
  • Reviewer and member of AHRC Panel B
  • Member of Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
  • Founder member of ARENA European Architecture Research Network
  • Scientific Committee Seoul 2017 UIA Conference

Areas of Interest

  • Evidencing and communicating the value of Architects
  • Developing Architecture Research Practice
  • Knowledge Exchange, interdisciplinarity and Innovation
  • Socio-technical aspects of Building Performance Evaluation
  • Improving access to good housing
  • History of the architectural profession
  • Employability of Architecture students

Research groups / Centres

Selected Recent Research Grants

  • 2015 (PI) Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects, AHRC Research Leader Fellowship, £250K
  • 2013 - (PI) The Cultural Value of Architecture in Homes and Communities (PI), AHRC £50K
  • 2012 - (PI) 'Home Improvements', £250K AHRC Knowledge Exchange in the Creative Economy Project, collaboration with Taylor Wimpey, RIBA and Design for Homes


New Publication

Anne Dye and Flora Samuel, Demystifying Architectural Research (London: RIBA Enterprises, 2015)

Current Writing Projects June 2017

Flora Samuel, Why Architects Matter (London: Routledge, 2017)

Authored books

Flora Samuel and Inge Linder Gaillard, Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2012). Shortlisted for RIBA President's Medal for Academic Based Research 2013. Shortlisted for the Art and Christianity Enquiry Mercer's Book Prize 2014 .

Flora Samuel, Elements of the Architectural Promenade (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2010).

Flora Samuel, Le Corbusier in Detail (London: Architectural Press, 2007). Longlisted for the RIBA International Book Awards 2008. Translated in Japanese and Chinese.

Jo Odgers, Flora Samuel and Adam Sharr (eds.), Primitive (London: Routledge, 2006).

Flora Samuel, Le Corbusier: Architect and Feminist (London: Wiley, 2004).

Sarah Menin and Flora Samuel, Nature and Space: Aalto and Le Corbusier (London: Routledge, 2002).

Career Path

Concerned by the seeming inability of the Architecture profession in Britain to convey to the public its value my work focuses on Architects, their skills and how they communicate them to the outside world. My particular focus is on homes, housing and neighbourhoods here in the UK and beyond.

Trained at Cambridge and Princeton I am an Architect, an Architectural Historian and teach design. After working for a few years as a housing practitioner in London I moved to the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. I then became Director of the March at the University of Bath School of Architecture. In 2009 I took up the post as Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield which I led for four years, achieving excellent rankings in both students satisfaction and research. I have come to the University of Reading because I really feel strongly that a new model of Architectural education is needed, one in which research, collaboration and business skills are allied to creativity, design and social responsibility.

I really feel the profession and architectural education needs to change in order to become more relevant. This is why I have recently become active in the RIBA, I was elected a National Member of RIBA Council in July 2014 have led the RIBA Student Destinations Survey for the last four years. Widening participation in the profession is of great importance to me.


Flora Samuel

Copyright: Alan Jones

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