School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dhruv Sookhoo

Visiting Lecturer



Dhruv is a chartered architect, chartered town planner and experienced housing development practitioner currently undertaking ESRC-funded doctoral research into the interprofessional perspectives and practices of architects and planners working to deliver residential design quality. He is currently Head of Research and Practice Innovation at Metropolitan Workshop, an award-winning practice of architects, urban planners and urban designers delivering complex public and private sector projects from their bases in London and Dublin.  This appointment followed an extended research residency coinciding with funded doctoral research through NINE DTP (2015-2018).

As a Visiting Lecturer (2014-) his contributions to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across architecture, planning and urban design programmes reflect his expertise in practice development in industry, and a developing research agenda associated with the socialisation of architects and planner in practice, the promotion of housing design quality within developing organisations, and design-led, participatory approaches for effective collaboration between practitioners and communities.

Dhruv is Chair of the influential RIBA Housing Group and member of RIBA Practice and Profession Committee, an alumnus of Future of London's London Leadership Programme and was design advisor to the recent Newcastle City Futures: People, Place, Change exhibition and event series, for which he received the RTPI North East Chair’s 2015 Planning Excellence Award for Placemaking through Innovation, alongside Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Director of Newcastle City Futures). Dhruv was appointed to the RTPI Accreditation and Partnership Board in 2017, an Examiner to the Architects Registration Board's Prescribed Examination Panel in 2018, and an Assessor for the RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in 2019.

Before commencing full-time research, Dhruv was Head of Design, Home Group, a large developing housing association, where he was responsible for establishing the design department and championing better residential design quality across a national housing and regeneration programme through the commissioning of leading architects and designers, effective design management, design review and community engagement.

Dhruv tweets as: @DhruvSookhoo


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (Higher Education Academy, Descriptor 2 recognised), University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
  • Newcastle Teaching Award (Higher Education Academy, Descriptor 1),
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (ESRC recognised), University of Newcastle upon Tyne (part-time),
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management (Part 3 ARB/ RIBA), University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
  • Masters of Science in Town Planning with Distinction, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (RTPI-accredited; part-time),
  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours (Part 2 ARB/ RIBA), University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
  • Certificate in Architectural Practice with Distinction, University of Newcastle upon Tyne,
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies with Honours (Part 1 ARB/RIBA), University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Architect, Architects Registration Board,
  • Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects,
  • Chartered Town Planner, Royal Town Planning Institute,
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy.


Doctoral Research

Awarded Economic and Social Research Council funding through the North East Doctoral Training Centre to complete my doctoral research on a full-time basis. My project explores the formation of perspectives on residential design quality among architects and town planners.

Other roles and responsibilities:

Professional Groups

  • Design Review Panel Member (designe, 2020-)
  • Governing Council, National House Building Council (NHBC, 2019-)
  • Chair, RIBA Housing Expert Advisory Group (2019-present), 
  • Member, RIBA Practice and Profession Committee (2019-present)
  • Consultative Group Member to RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission (2018-2019)
  • Examiner, Prescribed Examination Panel, Architects Registration Board (2018-)
  • RTPI Accreditation and Partnership Board (2017-)
  • RIBA Journal Litmus Group (2017-),
  • RIBA Research and Innovation Group (2017, liaison, year of housing research theme)
  • RIBA Housing Group (2014-2019),
  • RTPI North East Regional Policy Sub-Committee (2009-2011),
  • RIBA Educational Trust Fund Committee (2007-2009),
  • RIBA North East Council (2003-2009).

 Awards Assessor

  • RIBA Awards, North East (2016),
  • RIBA Awards, North East (2013),
  • RIBA Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects Travel Award (jury member, 2008).

 Course Validation and Quality Assurance

  • Assessor, RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence (2019-)
  • Examiner, Prescribed Examination Panel, Architects Registration Board (2018-)
  • RTPI Accreditation Panel and Partnership Board (2017-, Joint Distance Learning Consortia led by UWE Bristol and including the Open University, Leeds Beckett, London South Bank University and Dundee University).
  • Undergraduate External Examiner Review Committee (HASS, Newcastle University, 2016/2017).
  • RIBA Visiting Board, The Bartlett, University College London (2007),
  • RIBA Visiting Board, Oxford Brookes University (2007),
  • RIBA Visiting Board, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury (2006).

 Invited Speaker

  • Masterclass: Proactive Planning for Design Quality (Suffolk Design/ Design South East, Ipswich, 2019)
  • Launch of the 2017 RIBA President's Awards for Research (presenting doctoral research, RIBA, 2017)
  • Securing Quality through the Planning System: Getting Homes Built Event Series (Urban Design London, 2016),
  • RIBA Guerrilla Tactics: Client Perspectives (2015),
  • National Housing Federation: Housing Standards Conference (2015),
  • National Housing Federation Annual Conference (keynote, 2014),
  • Delivering Estate Renewal (Future of London, 2014),
  • Glass House Debates: Place Potential (2013).

 Reviewer and Contributor

  • Invited by Mae to review existing content and contribute new material to the new Housing Design Supplementary Planning Guidance (2019-), the Greater London Authority's successor document to the London Housing Design Guide. 
  • Invited by National Housing Federation to review the technical content of Housing Standards Handbook: A Good Practice Guide to Design Quality for Affordable Housing (Levitt Bernstein, 2016)
  • Invited by Urban Design London to contribute to The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking (Urban Design London, 2017).  


  • A New Kind of Suburbia (Metropolitan Workshop, 2019),
  • Newcastle City Futures Exhibition (Newcastle City Futures, 2014),
  • Reinvigorating the Region: Architecture 1945-1979 (RIBA North East Steering Group, 2010).



  • ARC8053/ARC8062: Dissertation, Master of Architecture (RIBA accredited) (supervisor for Dr Zeynep Kezer, 2016/2017).
  • ARC8051: Tools for Thinking about Architecture, Master of Architecture (RIBA accredited) (contributor with Dr Zeynep Kezer and Dr Stephen Parnell, 2016/2017).
  • TCP8902: The Reflexive Practitioner, MSc Town Planning (RTPI/ RICS accredited) (contributor with Professor Geoff Vigar, 2015/2016-2017/2018).
  • TCP8934: Planning and Sustainability, MSc Town Planning (RTPI/ RICS accredited) (contributor with Dr Paola Gazzola, 2016/2017-2017/2018).
  • TCP8003: Engaging with Information Sources in Planning, MSc Town Planning (RTPI accredited) (contributor with Maggie Roe, 2015/2016- 2016/2017)
  • ARC8069: Housing Alternatives, Masters of Urban Design (RTPI accredited) (contributor with Georgia Giannopoulou 2014-present).
  • ARC8117: Design Thesis Preparation/ Design Thesis, MSc Advanced Architectural Design: Architecture and Cities Pathway (sabbatical cover for Dr Martin Beattie, 2018-2019).



  • APL2002: Alternative Practice: European Fieldtrip, Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning (fieldtrip lead and contributor with Dr Andrew Law, 2017/2018).
  • ARC2024: About Architecture, Cities, Cultures and Space, Bachelor of Architecture (RIBA accredited) (supervisor for dissertation elective, for Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas, 2017/2018-2018/2019)
  • ARC3060: Dissertation in Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (RIBA accredited) (supervisor for dissertation elective, for Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas, 2017/2018-2018/2019)
  • TCP2005: Housing Policy, Bachelor of Urban Planning (RTPI accredited) (contributor with Professor Rose Gilroy, 2017/2018-present)
  • APL2001: Alternative Practice: Theories and Practice, Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning, (Semester 2 lead, with Dr Andy Law, 2014/2015-2016/2017).
  • APL2002: Alternative Practice: European Fieldtrip, Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Planning (contributor with Dr Andrew Law and Professor Prue Chiles, 2014/2015).
  • ARC1007: Architectural Design 1.1.: Urban Room for Tyneside, Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Design, (project leader, 2014/2015), this project resulted in a studio publication with launched by Sir Terry Farrell prepared with Cathy Houston, Collective Architecture, Glasgow and Edinburgh.