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Mr Stephen Lovejoy

Mr Stephen Lovejoy

lovejos2@lsbu.ac.uk

Architecture

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I am an ARB-registered Architect and Urban Designer with over 6 years of professional experience working across a variety of schemes in the UK and China. This includes large housing-led and mixed-use developments, serviced apartments, specialist life-science laboratories, as well as urban regeneration, town-centre recovery, urban heritage, and public-realm projects.

I am keen to instil in my students a recognition of the ongoing role that architectural history and theory plays in the way in which we shape the built environment today. I am excited to explore the possibilities provided by integrating academia with practice.

My research interests are centred on the impact that the design of neighbourhoods and urban centres have on communities, social networks and mental health and wellbeing and the historic intersection between the built environment and social and political issues.

I have previously undertaken research into the sometimes-troubled relationship that England has with its imperial and industrial past and how this is reflected within attitudes regarding the historic built environment. Calling upon theorists across a range of fields, I have analysed the prevailing attitudes towards memory, architecture, and the past in England to understand the establishment of ‘heritage’ and the reasons behind the preservation of historic architecture. By placing the formation of heritage institutions in its wider historic context and exploring the relationships between heritage, history, and national identity, I assessed the impact of this heritage-orientated approach architecture and compared it with the potentials offered by other alternatives.

I am experienced in assisting with collaborations between universities and private and public bodies. I have recently facilitated a partnership between London South Bank University, Southwark Council and Historic England enabling Masters of Architecture students to be involved in a local Heritage Action Zone in Walworth.

I previously assisted in setting up a collaboration between Manchester School of Architecture and local practive HTA Design, co-leading a Housing Unit focusing on a range of topics including Age Friendly Housing, Co-Housing and masterplanning.

Courses taught

Architecture - BA (Hons)

Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship (Architecture BA)

Architecture - MArch

Architect Apprenticeship (Architecture MArch)

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management (Part III)

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

2016
2017
Master of Architecture (Part II)

Manchester School of Architecture, University of Manchester / Manchester Metropolitan University

2013
2015
Bachelor of Architecture (with Honours) (Part I)

University of Nottingham

2008
2011
Registered Architect

Architects Registration Board

2018
Urban Designer/Planning Officer
Southwark Council

Running a pilot study exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on local town centres, preparing area characterisation studies and developing a design-led town-centre recovery strategy.

2021
Other public sector
Project Architect
Reef Group

Collaborating with the development team on the management and design of architectural and urban design projects.

Additional responsibilities include developing internal company design policies and the company’s Sustainability Strategy.

2020
2021
Commercial/industry
Architect
HTA Design

Role included architectural and urban design and day-to-day management of a range of projects.

Additional responsibilities included; Mentoring Part 1 students,

assisting with the Part 3 study group, teaching a ‘Residential Layout Principles’ masterclass and organising the HTA Book Club.

2017
2019
Commercial/industry
Associate Lecturer
Manchester School of Architecture

Studio design tutor for first-year BA Architecture students.

2016
2017
Education
Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
2021
Academy of Urbanism
2016
Architects Registration Board
2018
Royal Town Planning Institute
2021
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Finalist, 'Future Architect of the Year' (Jun 2015)

Manchester Society of Architects

My Masters’ thesis proposal of a housing cooperative and adjacent community facilities set within a wider masterplan received a Distinction and was selected as one of three finalists for Manchester Society of Architects’ ‘Future Architect of the Year’ award.