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Tim Heath

Chair of Architecture & Urban Design, Faculty of Engineering



Professor Heath joined the University of Nottingham as an academic in 1993. He is the Course Director of the MArch Sustainable Urban Design and has previously been the Director of Architecture, Head of the School of the Built Environment and subsequently head of the Department of Architecture & Built Environment. He has also been the Associate Dean for Internationalisation and External Relations in the Faculty of Engineering and Acting Vice Provost for Research & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He has also acted as an external examiner in many prestigious universities around the World and also chaired accreditation panels for the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Professor Heath gained his BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA/ARB Part 1) from the University of Manchester before completing his DipArch (RIBA/ARB Part 2) and Certificate of Professional Architecture (RIBA/ARB Part 3) at the University of Nottingham. He subsequently successfully completed an MA in Environmental Planning (RTPI) and his PhD in Architecture & Urban Design also at the University of Nottingham.

Professor Heath is also an experienced architect and urban design practitioner having worked in the UK and for the past 10 years in China where he is also director of a University spin-out company specialising in architecture, urban design, and building and urban environmental performance assessments.

Professor Heath is also a member of the Environment, People and Design (ePaD) Research Group.

Expertise Summary

Professor Tim Heath is the Chair of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Nottingham. He is an RIBA and ARB registered architect, qualified town planner and experienced urban designer who is actively engaged in research, teaching and practice.

Professor Heath's research interests are broad and span architecture and urban design. As an academic he has published extensively with many books, chapters, journal papers and presented at major international conferences in the areas of urban design, conservation, adaptive re-use of buildings, elderly housing, vertical farming, sustainable cities and eco-urbanism. He also has a large PhD group undertaking research projects that focus on various aspects of these topics and together with these research students plays a key role in the Environment, People and Design Research Group. Significant publications include the completely revised second edition of the Public Places Urban Spaces (2010) book published by Architectural Press which has also been published in Mandarin, Traditional Chinese, Arabic and Korean. His latest book Heritage-Led Urban Regeneration in China, which is co-authored with colleague from UNNC Dr Jing Xie, is due to be published in 2017.

Professor Heath has extensive experience as an academic and practitioner in Asia and particularly in China. In August 2010, he also organised the high-profile international symposium 'Eco-Urbanism: towards sustainable living' at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. This event involved several prominent academics from across Europe, US and China including MIT, Tsinghua, Tongji, Nanjing, Tianjin, South-East, and Hefei universities. He also led a successful joint postgraduate architecture and urban design studio projects with Tsinghua University and Tianjin University and has delivered invited lectures at many Chinese universities. In 2016, he also hosted a British Council funded workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia which included academics from across the UK and Indonesia and focussed on the regeneration of villages on the urban/rural fringe. He has been a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and in 2016 established a joint research laboratory with BRE (China) and Shenzhen University.

Professor Heath has acted as an external examiner for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes at universities in the UK and internationally. His current research interests are in the areas of urban design, architecture design, places and cities, urban revitalisation and historic quarters, and the adaptive re-use of buildings.

Teaching Summary

Professor Heath is the course director and leader of the twelve-month MArch Sustainable Urban Design programme… read more

Research Summary

Professor Heath has successfully completed many research projects and has published extensively across the World in academic and professional publications. He has co-authored a number of books and… read more

Professor Heath is the course director and leader of the twelve-month MArch Sustainable Urban Design programme ( which attracts students from around the world to study under his guidance. He teaches architecture design and urban design studio modules to MArch students and he convenes and teaches lecture modules on urban design theory and practice to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also supervises extended essays and MArch dissertations.

Current Research

Professor Heath has successfully completed many research projects and has published extensively across the World in academic and professional publications. He has co-authored a number of books and also written chapters in many edited books. He has also published extensively in refereed journals and conferences and regularly delivers keynote presentations.

Current Research Interests:

Urban Design; Architecture Design; Urban Revitalisation and Historic City Quarters; City Centre/Urban Living; Adaptive Re-use of Buildings; Sustainable Cities.

PhD Supervision:

Professor Heath welcomes inquiries from potential PhD candidates with an outstanding academic record and an interest in the research areas listed above. He has previously supervised around 25 PhD students to completion and most of these are now successful academics around the World.

Current PhD students and research topics include:

Evangelia Pavlaki: Public Realms in the Digital Era

Xiao Cheng: Evolution of Urban Form in Traditional Towns

Kou Zhipeng: Vertical Public Realms

Hang Du: Humanitarian Architecture and School Design

Xie Linjun (UNNC): Smart Eco-Cities

Nor Syahila bt Ab Rashid: Adaptive Reuse of Malaysian Shophouses

Zhou Jie: Connectivity of Underground Public Places

Zulkefle Ayob: Green Urbanism and Walkability

Yamen Badr: Shared Public Space of Post Conflict

Wu Xianfeng: Learning Landscape Organisation in Vertical Campuses

Megan Nottingham: Persistence of the Berlin Block as Urban Form

Nikki Linsell: Architects and Humanitarian Capitalism

Negar Ahmadpoormobarakeh: Urban Wayfinding and the Role of Digital Technology

Completed PhD students (and their current university employers) include:

Ali Cheshmehzangi (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)

Amy Tang (University of Nottingham, UK)

Arif Budi Sholihah (Universitas Islam Indonesia)

Bahar Durmaz (Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)

Florian Schepp-Ferrada (Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile)

Haithem Rashid

Ibrahim Shinbira (University of Misurata, Libya)

Isin Can (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey)

Jia Min (Tsinghua University, China)

Lois Woods (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Norafizah Abdul Rahman (Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia)

Yuri Hadi (De Montfort University, UK)

Nurul Syala Abdul Latip (International Islamic University, Malaysia)

Pan Qiongyu

Pan Yu (University of Ningbo, China)

Qian Xiao

Remah Gharib (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)

Robert Harland (Loughborough University)

Shao Yiming (Nanjing Tech University, China)

Song Shuang

Su Guangzi (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)

Tanya Spilsbury

Tom Froggatt (Birmingham City University)

Wang Qi (University of Nottingham, UK)

Wang Yi-Wen (Xian Jiatong Liverpool University, China)

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