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Katharina Borsi

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering



Dr Katharina Borsi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. She is the course director for the MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) and runs the MArch Studio Urban Mediations.

Katharina studied architecture at the Technical University in Berlin and the Bartlett School of Architecture. She worked for Foster and Partners Architects and Designers on projects in the City of London such as 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and Sainsbury Headquarters. She received a MA from the Histories and Theories of Architecture before embarking on a PhD focusing on the urban typology of the Berlin block.

Katharina taught in the Histories and Theories Graduate Programme at the AA. She also taught Architectural History, Urban Theory and Design Studio at Diploma and Master level at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow before joining the University of Nottingham in 2007. From 2007 to 2011 she led the MArch in Urban Design before before taking on her current role of Director of the MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2). She played a key role in the accreditation and validation of the programme by the relevant professional bodies in the UK (Architects' Registration Board and Royal Institute of British Architects) and contributed to the redesign of the curriculum towards its conversion to a recognized MArch in Architecture with Part 2 exemption.

Katharina's research interests encompass domesticity and its intersection with urbanism; typology and architecture's autonomy and agency within the city and the architecture and urbanism of learning and innovation environments. She is also involved in research projects focussing on sustainable communities and resilient cities, and undertakes design research and urban design consultancy.

In 2016, Katharina was a reviewer of the Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca (VQR) 2011-2014 (Italian Research Excellence Framework).

She holds appointments as External Examiner for the MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities) Programme, Architectural Association, the MArch Architecture at Leeds Beckett University and the BArch Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University.

Selected Publications

  • KATHARINA BORSI, 2018. Hans Scharoun's 'Dwelling Cells' and the Autonomy of Architecture Journal of Architecture. (In Press.)
  • ALVAREZ, L., BORSI, K. and RODRIGUES, L., 2017. The role of social network analysis on participation and placemaking: Sustainable Cities and Society Sustainable Cities and Society. 28, 118-126
  • ALZAHRANI, A., BORSI, K. and JARMAN, D., 2017. Place-making and its implications for social value: A comparison study of two urban squares in London: International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning. 12(4), 752-762
  • 2017. The Berlin Block and the Bourgeois Dwelling In: 70th Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • BORSI, KATHARINA, NOTTINGHAM, MEGAN and PORTER, NICOLE, 2016. The Typology of the Berlin Block: History, Continuity and Spatial Performance Athens Journal of Architecture. 2(1), 45-64
  • ALVAREZ, L., RODRIGUES, L., BORSI, K. and GILLOTT, M., 2015. A bifocal-ecological approach for enhancing social resilience in neighbourhoods In: AIARG 2015 Systems Thinking and the City: New practices and connections, Fourth Annual Meeting. (In Press.)
  • KATHARINA BORSI and MEGAN NOTTINGHAM, 2015. The Typology Of The Berlin Block: Continuity And Spatial Performance In: 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture. (In Press.)
  • KATHARINA BORSI, LAURA HANKS and SOLMAZ KHOSHKHOLGHI, 2015. Public Art and Transforming Urban Places: The Case of Sheaf Square, Sheffields Regenerated Gateway In: Tenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Imperial College London. (In Press.)
  • MOHAMED FAGEIR, NICOLE PORTER and KATHARINA BORSI, 2015. Regenerating Liverpool Pier Head Waterfront: the Role of Urban Design City, Culture and Architecture. 1(1), 21-38
  • RODRIGUES, L., ALVAREZ, L., BORSI, K. and GILLOTT, M., 2014. The Resilience Timeline: A Tool for Framing Community Resilience and Its Application on Empirical Metanetwork Analysis In: RESILIENCE 2014 - Third International Science and policy Conference on the resilience of social & ecological systems - Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation. Montpelier, France - 4-8 May 2014
  • ADENAN, R., RODRIGUES, L., BORSI, K. and KIAMBA, L., 2014. Kampong Ayer: A Community Living on Water in Brunei Darussalam In: PLEA 2014 – 30th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies – Choosing the Way Forward.. Ahmedabad, India
  • RODRIGUES, L., ALVAREZ, L., BORSI, K. and GILLOTT, M., 2014. A bifocal approach for framing community resilience In: 2nd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR).
  • BORSI, K., HOURSTON HANKS, L. and KHOSHKHOLGHI, S., 2014. Continuity and Transformation: A Civic Heart for Chester-le-Street The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 9(1), 23-30
  • HUSSEIN, M., PORTER, N. and BORSI, K., 2013. Who Speaks for Liverpool?’ Communicating Urban Identity through Place Branding In: Communication and the City Conference, The University of Leeds.
  • LAURA GASKELL and KATHARINA BORSI, 2013. Mapping the Creative Industries in Nottingham: The Potential of Place In: Potentials and Challenges of Cultural and Creative Industries in medium-sized Cities, URBAN CREATIVE POLES PROJECT, BTU Cottbus.
  • BORSI K., 2012. University Planning and Architecture: The Search for Perfection, by Jonathan Coulson, Paul Roberts, and Isabelle Taylor: Book Review Journal of Urban Design. 17,
  • BORSI, K., 2012. Drawing the Region In: Theoretical Currents. (In Press.)
  • BORSI, K. and BROWNE, J., 2012. Spatial Stories In: Theoretical Currents. (In Press.)
  • KOSHKHOLGI S., BORSI K. and HOURSTON HANKS, L., 2012. Public Art in Regeneration Projects for Public Spaces In: Arts in Society, Liverpool John Moore University. (In Press.)
  • BORSI, K., HOURSTON HANKS, L., FAIRFAX, J. and KHOSHKHOLGI, S., 2012. Whose Public Art is it Anyway? In: Arts in Society, Liverpool John Moore University. (In Press.)
  • BORSI, K. and DURMAZ, B., eds., 2012. Designing Place Book of Abstracts: International Urban Design Conference University of Nottingham.
  • BORSI, K. and DURMAZ, B., eds., 2012. Proceedings of the Conference Designing Place: International Urban Design Conference University of Nottingham.
  • BORSI, K., 2010. Anthologie zum Städtebau, Von der Stadt der Aufklärung zur Metropole des industriellen Zeitalters Vol.I., Lampugnani V., Perotti E. and Frey K. (eds.). Gebrüder Mann Verlag, Zürich, 2008: Book Review European Architectural History Network. 3, 44-47
  • BORSI, K., 2009. Drawing and dispute. The strategies of the Berlin block. In: DI PALMA, V., PERITON, D. and LATHOURI, M., eds., Intimate metropolis: urban subjects in the modern city Routledge. 132-152
  • BORSI, K., 2009. Contemplative Innovation: Nottingham’s new Science Park Architecture Today. 196,
  • BORSI K and HALASA D., 2009. Skyscraper in the Perspective of Urban Design. In: HONGYUAN M and YING Z., eds., The New Trends of the Creation of High-Rise Building 17-21
  • BORSI, K., 2009. Building Descriptions. In: Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture London, Phaidon Press.
  • BORSI K and HALASA D., 2008. Skyscrapers in the Perspective of Urban Design Urbanism and Architecture: High-Rise Buildings in the21st Century. 49, 17-19
  • BORSI K and TOBE R., eds., 2008. Brayford Enabling Development Framework Lincoln, Ruddick.
  • BORSI, K., 2007. Drawing the City In: Defining Space, International Interdisciplinary Conference, University College Dublin, Friday 12-Saturday 13 October 2007.
  • BADER, M., BORSI K. and LIESEGANG, J., 2006. White Spots Gefährlichen Kreuzungen - Ortstermine 2006, Munich , Germany, 09/01/2006 00:00:00
  • BASAAR S. and BORSI, K., eds., 2006. Scales and/of Engagement London: Architectural Association.
  • BORSI, K., 2003. New Media Art Strategy for Vista Xchange Masterplan Singapore: consultancy for Zaha Hadid Architects
  • BORSI, K, 2002. Shifting Boundaries: The Transformation of Spitalfields Giornale dell’Architettura. 27,
  • BORSI, K., 2002. The Construction of Memory in Interwar France, by Daniel Sherman AA Files. 48, 80-83

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