School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Professor Ruth Morrow

Professor of Biological Architecture


Ruth is Professor of Biological Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Prior to joining Newcastle University she was Professor of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University, Belfast.

Her research, which is a mix of practice-based research and writing, encompasses both the material, the social and the ecological. It is driven by an inclusive, feminist ethos and uses tactics of creativity, collaboration and critical reflection. She has extensive experience in developing material ideas from concept through to commercialisation, resulting in international funding, design awards, exhibitions and citations, But she is also informed by working with critical users in critical contexts.

In her role at the Hub of Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) Ruth explores the emerging territories of Biological Architecture, contributing to this new area of knowledge and its application. She will be involved in developing material prototypes for the OME (HBBE's experimental building), through collaborations with other researchers, industry and end-users. She co-leads the HBBE Research theme: Responsible Interactions.

Ruth is recognised as an innovative teacher- writing on and teaching through live projects across her career. She has designed and lead several courses of architecture at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is an experienced external examiner and external consultant to architecture courses and for PhDs in the UK, Ireland and Internationally.  

See Ruth's personal website for more information