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Architectural Reuse and the Olympic Athletes Village (Application Ref: SF19/EE/ABE/SEO)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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Dr KW Seo , Ms L Brown Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The 2012 Olympic Village in London, UK, was constructed for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, as part of a wider masterplan to revitalise an industrial area of East London and deliver high quality, mixed use, affordable housing, and sustainable communities. The planning application, which consisted of a new mixed-tenure residential neighbourhood complete with infrastructure and 4,500 homes, was the largest to ever be submitted in London, and one of the largest in Europe. With 16 different architects involved in the design of 11 plots, the Olympic Village contributed 2,818 homes to the overall proposal. After the 2012 Summer Olympic Games the Olympic Village was transformed, and the new homes were subsequently sold and rented in 2013. In 2014, the development won two regional awards: ‘The Mayors Award for Planning Excellence’ and ‘The New Best Place to Live’. This project proposes to examine a case study of the Olympic Village, now known as East Village, 7 years after the Games, examining the attributes of urban and architectural design and placemaking that have contributed to the success of this new development.

This project is supervised by Dr. Kyung Wook Seo

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (SF19/EE/ABE/SEO) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2020 or 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project.
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