Dr. Laura Hanks is Associate Professor and Senior Tutor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham. 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. She currently teaches across the department, including Year 1 Architectural Humanities, MArch design studio and specialist seminars, and Year 5, Masters and PhD supervision. Laura's research interests are around contemporary museum and exhibition design, the architectural expression of identities, and issues of narrative space and place making. Notable among her publications are Museum Builders II (John Wiley and Sons, 2004), Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions (Macleod, Hanks and Hale, Routledge, 2012), chapters in Architecture and the Canadian Fabric and The Future of Museum and Gallery Design, and contributions to Architectural Design, Curator: The Museum Journal, and ARQ.
Laura is a part of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics (ACT) Research Group.
Laura currently teaches across the department, including Year 1 Architectural Humanities, MArch specialist design studios and seminars, and Year 5, Masters and PhD supervision.
Laura's research interests are around contemporary museum and exhibition design, the architectural expression of identities, adaptive reuse, and issues of narrative space and place making.
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
HOURSTON HANKS, L., 2015. Narrative, Story and Discourse: The Novium, Chichester Curator: The Museum Journal. 58(1), 27-39
HOURSTON HANKS, L., 2013. The Riddle of the Victorian Mind: Faith versus Science at the Natural History Museum. In: QI, W., ed., From Crystal Palace to Darwin Centre: The Architectural Evolution of the Natural History Museum of London 1st. China Architecture and Building Press. (In Press.)
MACLEOD, S., HOURSTON HANKS, L. and HALE, J., eds., 2012. Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions 1st. Routledge.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Narrative approaches to found places, particularly the use of spolia in the retention of genius loci, and the role of art in public spaces; issues of narrative space and place making; adaptive reuse; contemporary museum and exhibition design