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Warm welcome to Professor Prue Chiles

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is delighted to welcome Prue Chiles to Newcastle University, newly appointed Professor of Architectural Design Research.  Prue has recently moved here from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and said:

“It is my mission to combine research with teaching and practice and in all my projects try to use the skills of the design process to work with people and communities creatively, whether in research council funded research or in practice.”

Prue set up and directed the Bureau-Design+Research set up in 2002 within the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield to pursue ‘research by design’, to raise the profile of design within the building process. BDR has carried out over 60 commissioned research, research consultancy and consultancy projects with both local and national and international bodies and has built up a reputation for innovation, expertise and publications in the area of school design, community visioning and regeneration and sustainable futures. She has continually forged links between the University and the City of Sheffield.

Prue initiated the acclaimed Live Projects programme at Sheffield in 2000 was recognized for her teaching in 2011 with a University Senate award for sustained excellence in teaching.  In 2012 she was delighted to be put forward by her students for an award as the most enterprising teacher in the university, where she was runner up. Prue maintains a love of Italy and after spending 2 years there on a Rome Scholarship after University still keeps up with the history and theory of Architecture and how this relates to the history of ideas and its relevance today to architectural practice. She is on the Faculty of the British School of Rome.

This work is supported by a small award winning private practice with colleagues Howard Evans and Leo Care - Prue Chiles Architects. Formed in 1999, the practice has undertaken a number of innovative buildings including one of “Classrooms of the Future”. Prue has won a number of RIBA Awards including for her own house and for the Hillsborough Pavilion, a Sport England funded re-interpretation of the English Sport pavilion. In 2012 the practice won a gold RIBA White Rose awards for a house in Sheffield and in 2014 won the RIBA small building award for the Yorkshire region.

Prue is also an external examiner at various schools of Architecture, including a new School of Architecture in Suzhou, China. Prue has lectured widely and carried out many external knowledge transfer and co-produced projects. From 2015 Prue takes over as chair of trustees of the Glass-House, the community-led design charity.


published on: 24 November 2014