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Immersive Architectural Heritage

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast offers a three-year Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship (starting Autumn 2019). The researcher will be based in the discipline of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast within the Culture and Society Research Cluster, under the supervision of Dr Chantelle Niblock.

This project will explore digitisation as a careful analysis and spatial interrogation tool of historical architectural drawings, sketches, scaled models and theoretical texts. It will focus on post-war modern architectural history, circa 1950-70. It will examine this theme across several areas, namely, creative design processes, modelling architecture, and architectural heritage. Core issues to be considered include, for example: digital archiving and its effectiveness in spatially narrating architectural history, and mixed reality storytelling - considering how physical artefacts are enhanced by augmented reality. The research will fundamentally explore immersive technologies as tools to enhance audience experience, but also, forensically study architectural heritage.

The candidate will employ a mixture of research methods, including: a literature review to establish a theoretical framework, archival work to reveal and digitise significant artefacts, production of digital resources to create spatial narratives, and empirical studies to evaluate audience experience of immersive architectural heritage.

Candidates should have a degree (minimum 2.1) and postgraduate qualification in architecture or an allied discipline, such as Architectural History or Architectural Visualisation. A background or experience gained in digital modelling and architectural heritage is desirable but not essential.

How to apply:

To apply, candidates should send their CV (which should outline academic qualifications and experience) and include two referees. Candidates may be called to an interview based on a short PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers. The closing date for applications is Monday 29 April 2019 at 4pm by email to DR Chantelle Niblock (). Studentship will start in September 2019.

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees). The candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.

For further details, or if you have any other enquiries, please email Chantelle Niblock:

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