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Laura Hanks

Associate Professor and Senior Tutor, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr. Laura Hanks is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, where she leads the Masters in Theory and Design, and Year 5 of the Diploma in Architecture programme. She graduated in Architecture from the University of Liverpool in 1995, and gained her doctorate in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. Laura's research interests include contemporary museum and exhibition design, the architectural expression of identities, and issues of narrative space and place making. In 2011 she co-organised a conference, Narrative Space, which brought together an internationally diverse group of museum and heritage professionals, exhibition designers, architects and artists, with academics from a range of disciplines, and resulted in the edited volume, Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions (Macleod, Hanks and Hale, Routledge, 2012). Notable among her other publications are Museum Builders II (John Wiley and Sons, 2004), and contributions to Architectural Design and ARQ.

Laura is a part of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) Research Group.

Teaching Summary

Dr. Hanks is Course Director for the MArch in Theory and Design, coordinates Year 5 of the Diploma in Architecture programme, and supervises Doctoral, Masters and Architectural Studies students. She… read more

Research Summary

Past research areas include: the depiction of 'global', regional, national, local, ethnic and personal identities in museum and exhibition design; contemporary museum and gallery design; and the role… read more

Dr. Hanks is Course Director for the MArch in Theory and Design, coordinates Year 5 of the Diploma in Architecture programme, and supervises Doctoral, Masters and Architectural Studies students. She is joint leader of a Year 6 Diploma unit, Edgelands, and lectures in architectural history at undergraduate level.

Current Research

Past research areas include: the depiction of 'global', regional, national, local, ethnic and personal identities in museum and exhibition design; contemporary museum and gallery design; and the role of text within museum and display making. Dr. Hanks' current research interests include: narrative approaches to found places, and particularly the use of spolia in the retention of genius loci; and the role of art in public spaces. In the future Laura plans to pursue her individual interest in the relation between architecture and literature. She also hopes to extend collaborations formed in the 'Narrative Space' project to launch an international doctoral training network.

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