Westminster Architecture PhD News

Westminster Architecture PhD News

December 2015

The following is a report of the activities of the PhD researchers in the Department of Architecture, as of December 2015. Congratulations to them on their achievements – awards, publications, exhibitions, conference papers etc., as well as making progress with their PhD’s. They are a fantastic group of high achieving, hard working students, producing some groundbreaking new work.

Izes Nunez Ferrera

PhD Title: Territories of Scarcity and Creativity: A Critical view on Informal Settlements and Emerging Tactics under Conditions of Scarcity in Nairobi, Kenya and Quit,o Ecuador

Awarded 2015


Commendation, RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis, 2015.

Izes Salvador Pinto

PhD Title: Study of Movable and Deployable Structures using Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) Cushions

Awarded 2015

Jason Pomeroy (PhD by Publication)

PhD Title: Skycourts and skygardens: towards a vertical urban theory

Awarded 2015

Noha Al Ahamdi

PhD Title: Voice of the Vernacular: Forgotten Buildings of Saudi Arabia

Conference Paper:

“Development of Traditional Migrant Bedouin Settlement Dwelling in Saudi Makkah: A Case Study of an Endangered Built Heritage in the Resilient Kohl Mountain Settlement.” Annual Conference of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), Havana, Cuba, 12-21 November 2015.

May Al Jamea

PhD Title: Cultural Trauma and the Built Environment: A Case Study in Saudi Arabia

Conference Papers:

“Cultural resilience: a museum in a home environment.” Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, Scotland, 5-6 December 2015.

“The Impact of Resistance to Cultural Trauma on an Inhabitant’s Identity.” Architecture Research Moments, Brussels, Belgium, January 30-31, 2015. The Architectural Research Moments (ARM) event is an activity of the Network for European Architectural Research (ARENA).

“Towards Social And Cultural Sustainability In The Design of The Contemporary Saudi House.” Annual International Conference on Sustainable Human Development, Brunel University, London, 02-03 April, 2014.


(2015). Proceedings of the ARM Architecture Research Moments conference.

(2014). “Towards social and cultural sustainability in the designs of contemporary Saudi houses.” Int J Sustain Hum Dev, 2(1): 35-43.


Honour of High Achievement amongst Saudi Students by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom 2015.

Excellence Reward, Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in London, 2014.

Sarah Ann Milne

PhD Title: The Drapers’ Company: Archive and Architecture, c. 1540-1640

Conference Papers:

“The Erber: A House Fit for a Merchant.” The Global City: Past and Present, AHRC International Research Network, University of St. Andrews, 15 May 2015.

“Locating the Ladies’ Chamber in Livery Company Halls.” Traces: Researching the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Brunel University London & University of Westminster, 8 June 2015.

Invited talks:

“Corporate Landlords and the Early Modern City: The Growth of the Drapers’ Company Estate.” Architecture Research Seminar, London South Bank University, 10 November 2015.

“The Practice of Property: The Drapers’ Company Estate.” Metropolitan History Seminar Institute of Historical Research, 6 December 2015.


(2015). “The Erber: Tracing Global Trade through a London Building.” The Global City Past and Present, AHRC International Research Network. <http://globalcities.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/milne-the-erber/>

Philip H. Saleh

PhD Title: Towards nearly zero energy building in Lebanon: Bio-climatic design and experimental building strategies for energy demand reduction in new buildings


(2015). “Thermal performance of glazed balconies within heavy weight/thermal mass buildings in Beirut, Lebanon’s hot climate.” Energy and Buildings 108: 291-303.

Emilia Siandou

PhD Title: Modern architecture in Cyprus as heritage

Conference Paper:

“Heritage values and sustainable development: the case of modern heritage in Cyprus.” Biocultural2015: International Conference on Sustainability in Architectural Cultural Heritage, Limassol, Cyprus, 11-12 December 2015.


Biocultural2015 Conference Best Graduate Research Paper Award, 2015.

John Walter

PhD Title: Alien Sex Club


Pugvirus. The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 29 November 2015 – 03 January 2016.

“Courtship Disorder.” Party out of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980, Visual AIDS New York and White Cubicle London, 29 September 2015.

Alien Sex Club. Ambika P3 London, 24 July – 14 August, 2015 and Camp and Furnace Liverpool, 30 October – 29 November 2015.

Screenings and Talks:

“Transatlantic.” Lux Moving Image and Cranford Collection, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 12 November, 2015.

“#COCKSANDCUNTS.” ‘Kaleidoscope Video Club, online curated by Francesca Gavin, October 2015.

“GURUJI.” curated by Jude Crilly, The Horse Hospital, London, 02 October 2015.


(2015). “Risk Assessment.” Transactions of Desire 2​. O’Hare, L. and Perks, S. (eds.). Manchester: HOME Gallery.