Professor Katharine Heron

Professor of Architecture

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I am Professor of Architecture and my work is focused on developing practice based research. Westminster is a partner in the EU funded Marie Curie ITN project ADAPT-r which is set up to develop an international training network of researchers based in 'venturous practice'. I am currently working to expand the range of research by practice at Westminster.

I was Head of the Department of Architecture from 1997 to 2014, during which time the Department expanded steadily, developed an active research environment and the reputation as a leading place to study architecture. I am currently leading the development of the new Digital Fabrication Laboratories, due to be open in early 2015. I am the founder and Director of AmbikaP3, and I am working on the new exhibition programme with Curator Michael Maziere.

I am a member of the RIBA Education Committee and engaged in their ongoing Review of Architectural Education. I am a member of their Validation Panel. I am a long-term advocate of flexibility in architectural education to support quality and enable diversity, with imagination and inventiveness and sustainability.

As an academic, I have taught and been an external examiner in many UK schools of architecture, and was an advisor to the EPLF in Lausanne. I am a past chair of SCHOSA, chaired the review of the QAA Subject Benchmark for Architecture published 2010. My professional background is in practice as Feary + Heron Architects, where I worked on a range of projects with the arts and community organisations, and numbers of exhibition designs. I am a past chair of the Arts Council's Visual Arts and Architecture Advisory Panels.

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Out of Ice at Ambika P3 (2018)
Heron, K. 2018. Out of Ice at Ambika P3. in: Warrilow, J. and Ogilvie, E. (ed.) Out of Ice: The Secret Language of Ice London Black Dog Publishing.


Case Studies (2017)
Signore, V., Veltcheva, M., Verbeke, J. and Heron, K. 2017. Case Studies. in: Zupancic, T. and Pedersen, C.P. (ed.) Brussels, Belgium KU Leuven. pp. 17-70


Relational Knowledge and Creative Practice (2016)
Verbeke, J., Heron, K. and Zupancic, T. 2016. Relational Knowledge and Creative Practice. in: Zupancic, T. and Pedersen, C.P. (ed.) Relational Knowledge and Creative Practice Brussels, Belgium KU Leuven. pp. 9-14
Conditions for Creativity/Creative Practice (2016)
Heron, K., Rattenbury, K. and Veltcheva, M. 2016. Conditions for Creativity/Creative Practice. in: Heron, K. (ed.) The ADAPT-r Creativity Book Belgium KU Leuven. pp. 111-145


ADAPTr (2016)
Heron, K. 2016. ADAPTr . Ambika P3


ADAPTr Exhibition (2016)
Blythe, R., Heron, K., Rattenbury, K., Van Schaik, L., Verbeke, J. and Watson, F. Heron, K. (ed.) 2016. ADAPTr Exhibition. London Ambika P3 University of Westminster.


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