Questions of Design was set up in connection with Gillian Horn's PhD research on visual attitudes to housing in England.
Gillian Horn is an architect with over 20 years of professional experience. She is studying for a PhD at the University of Sheffield, funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).
Gillian is a partner at Penoyre & Prasad where she has led the design of a number of award-winning buildings. She is also Vice Chair of the new PLACE Review Group for The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, set up to ensure that all new developments in London’s largest regeneration site meet the very highest design standards; a Design Council Cabe Building Environment Expert, a Chair of the Cabe London Design Review and a member of the Oxford Design Review Panel.
Gillian studied at Cambridge Univeristy and Harvard University and has taught and examined widely at architecture schools including the University of Manchester and the University of East London (external examiner); the Architecture Association, Kingston University, Greenwich University and the University of Cambridge (lecturer and design studio).
Professor Flora Samuel is Gillian's supervisor.
Flora Samuel is Professor of Architecture in the Built Environment at the new University of Reading School of Architecture and former Head of the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. She has received over £500K of research funding to study the ways in which Architects evidence and communicate the value of what they do. She has now turned her attention to raising the profile of research in the Royal Institute of British Architects where she is an elected national councillor and Chair of the Research and Innovation Group.
She trained as an Architect at Cambridge University and Princeton and was in housing practice for five years in London before going into teaching. Her aim is to make architectural education more professional, more useful and more inclusive. She wrote several acclaimed books on unrepresented aspects of the modernist architect Le Corbusier before turning her attention to public perception of design as she believes that architects need to be able to demonstrate their value to the public and policy makers with clear, convincing evidence. This she feels can only be done by by bringing architectural academia and practice closer together.