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Tim Heath

Chair and Professor 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 the Director of Postgraduate Programmes. He has previously been the Director of the Institute 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).

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 has worked in the UK, China, South East Asia,and the Middle East, where he has undertaken consultancy and projects related to architecture, urban design, and building and urban environmental performance assessments.

He has also acted as an external examiner in many prestigious universities around the World for undergraduate, postgraduate programmes as well as being a PhD examiner. He has chaired many academic and professional accreditation and validation panels in the UK, Malaysia, China, Qatar, and for the UAE's Commission for Academic Accreditation.

Professor Heath is also a member of the Human Factors Research Group.

Expertise Summary

Professor Tim Heath is the Chair of Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Nottingham. He 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 has supervised over 50 PhD students and his current PhD group undertake research projects that focus on various aspects of these topics and together with these research students plays a key role in the Human Factors 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 Dr Jing Xie was 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 many universities in the UK and internationally. His current research interests are in the areas of urban design, place-making, urban revitalisation and historic quarters, and the adaptive re-use of buildings.

Teaching Summary

Professor Heath is the coordinator of the postgraduate programmes in the Department and also the course director and leader of the 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

Selected Publications

  • CAN, I. and HEATH, T., 2015. In-between Spaces and Social Interaction: a morphological analysis of Izmir using Space Syntax Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.
  • XU, X., XIA, Q., HEATH, T. and ZHANG, Y., 2015. Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Strategies for Architecture Heritage Concentrated Areas in China International Journal of Architecture Research. 9(1),
  • CAN, I. and HEATH, T., 2016. In-between spaces and social interaction: a morphological analysis of Izmir using space syntax Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. 31(1), 31-49
  • HADI, Y., HEATH, T. and OLDFIELD, P., 2014. Vertical Public Realms: Creating Urban Spaces in the Sky In: Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Urbanism. 112-119

I will be available to see students every Monday (11:00-12:00) in my office in Lenton Firs (Room B21). If this is not convenient or you need an urgent appointment please email me at tim.heath@nottingham.ac.uk.

Professor Heath is the coordinator of the postgraduate programmes in the Department and also the course director and leader of the MArch Sustainable Urban Design programme (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/courses/architecture-and-built-environment/sustainable-urban-design-march.aspx) which attracts students from around the world to study under his guidance. He teaches architecture design, urban design, and high-rise design studio modules to MArch students and he convenes and teaches lecture modules on urban design theory and practice and high-rise buildings to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also supervises postgraduate 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; Place-making; Urban Revitalisation and Historic City Quarters; City Centre/Urban Living; Urban Heritage Conservation; Adaptive Re-use of Buildings.

PhD Supervision:

Professor Heath has a strong and cohesive 'PhD team' undertaking research under his guidance. He has supervised over 60 PhD students and most of these are now successful academics around the World.

Current PhD students and research topics include:

Esra Torky: Child Friendly Cities

Liz Blakey: Skateboarding in Shared Public Space

Yijian Chen: Elderly and the Public Realm

Tian Runhe: Lost Public Space in Contemporary China

Min Yang (University of Nottingham Ningbo)

Tian Li (University of Nottingham Ningbo)

Tengyue Zhang (University of Nottingham Ningbo)

Yuxi Zhang (University of Nottingham Ningbo)

Furkan Canpolat

Wang Xinyu

Tengyue Zhang (University of Nottingham Ningbo)

Completed PhD students (and their current employers) include:

Ali Cheshmehzangi (Qingdao City University, China)

Amal Ramadan

Amy Tang (University of Nottingham, UK)

Arif Budi Sholihah (Universitas Islam Indonesia)

Bahar Durmaz (Izmir University of Economics, Turkey)

Chen Pengyu (Shenzhen University)

Chen Weixuan (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Ehab Abdelsalam (Loughborough University)

Evangelia Pavlaki (CSA Environmental)

Florian Schepp-Ferrada (Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile)

Gowthami Satyavarapu (OCAD University, Toronto)

Gu Yang

Haithem Rashid

Hang Du (Nottingham City Council)

Ibrahim Shinbira (University of Misurata, Libya)

Isin Can (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey)

Jia Min (Tsinghua University, China)

Jiahui Ji (Xi'an Planning Bureau)

Kou Zhipeng

Li Simiao

Lois Woods (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Ma Yuanli (Ningbo University, China)

Megan Nottingham (Newcastle University, UK)

Natthakit Phetsuriya (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

Negar Ahmadpoormobarakeh (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)

Norafizah Abdul Rahman (Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia)

Yuri Hadi (University of Nottingham, UK)

Nor Syahila bt Ab Rashid (International Islamic University, Malaysia)

Nurul Syala Abdul Latip (Islamic Science University, Malaysia)

Pan Qiongyu

Pan Yu (Zhejiang University of Technology, China)

Qian Xiao (Chongqing University, China)

Remah Gharib (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)

Robert Harland (Loughborough University, UK)

Shao Kejun

Shao Yiming (Nanjing Tech University, China)

Song Shuang

Su Guangzi (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)

Tanya Spilsbury (The Building Sanctuary)

Tom Froggatt (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Wang Qi (University of Nottingham, UK)

Wu Xianfeng (Coventry University, UK)

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

Wang Yunlu (Sahndong University of Art & Design)

Xiao Cheng (Zhejiang University)

Xie Linjun (University of Nottingham Ningbo)

Xuesen Zheng (China University of Mining Technology)

Yamen Badr (Benoy Ltd)

Yao Jiawei (Tongji University)

Zhou Jie

Zulkefle Ayob (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia)

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