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Cristina Cerulli

Dr Cristina Cerulli PhD, MArch, MSc, CiLT

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Summary

Dr Cristina Cerulli joined Sheffield Hallam University in September 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Architecture with a special interest in Ethical Practice, Collective Production of the Built Environment, Social Innovation and Community-Lead Housing. Cristina is active across the spectrum of research, teaching and practice, each informing and informed by the other.

Much of Cristina's current work is around community led housing development models, shared models of living and `alternative´ and creative forms of management and procurement. This includes award winning outputs around user led housing and collective custom build as well as design and consultancy work around co-housing, community land trusts and collective models of funding such as community shares and civic crowdfunding. 

Cristina has been successful in obtaining funding from a range of bodies, including RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the EU, the Department of Health and the National Lottery. She is the Employability Lead for the Architecture Subject Group within the Department of Natural and Built Environment.

  • About

    Dr Cerulli qualified as an architect in Florence (1999) and since then she worked across practice and academia in Sheffield and London. She complements her work at Sheffield Hallam University, where she is active in research and teaching in architecture and urban design, with activities within Studio Polpo, the social enterprise architecture practice that she co-founded in 2008 and is director of.

    Before joining Sheffield Hallam at the end of 2017, Cristina held an academic post at the University of Sheffield, where, for 13 years, she was involved in research and teaching across the Architecture and Urban Design programmes. 

    Cristina's work is underpinned by a strong commitment to enable a shift towards more just and equitable practices in the city, challenging the normative culture of the architectural profession and education. Cristina’s approach to research is intrinsically collaborative, trans-disciplinary and co-operative. As a result, her research focuses on several strands evolved through collaborations with colleagues across disciplines from several universities and with communities and groups within and around her projects.

    Much of her recent research is around community led housing development models, shared models of living and 'alternative' and creative forms of management and procurement. This included award winning outputs around user led housing and collective custom build as well as design and consultancy work around co-housing, community land trusts and collective models of funding such as community shares and civic crowdfunding. Cristina is also looking at this area from the angle of professional practice and scholarship.

  • Teaching

    Cristina pedagogical work created impact on the disciplinary discourse for Architecture and Urban Design, enhancing students' experience, improving their employability and contributing to learning and teaching excellence across disciplines within Universities and, externally, across the national and international academic community.

    She received a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield (2009) and is recipient of several learning and teaching related grants. She has extensive experience of supervising undergraduate, postgraduate theses and dissertations and has supervised five doctoral students to completion.

    Cristina's students' work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally and she presented pedagogical work to national and international academic and professional audiences. At Hallam she currently teaches across undergraduate and MArch, where she co-leads, with Sam Vardy, Atelier 3 / Infrastructures of Autonomy.


  • Research

    Dr Cerulli's current research focus is around community led housing development models, shared models of living and 'alternative' and creative forms of management and procurement. Resulting research includes award winning outputs around user led housing and collective custom build as well as design and consultancy work around co-housing, community land trusts and collective models of funding such as community shares and civic crowdfunding. Cristina is also looking at this area from the angle of professional practice and scholarship.

    Much of Cristina's research has a transformative aim. For instance, the Reimaging Portland Works project supported a campaign group to imagine sustainable futures for a threatened heritage building. It facilitated the process of business planning and the successful completion of the first community share issue in Sheffield, resulting in the purchase and management of the building by an Industrial Provident society formed through the project. 

    She is a recipient of the  prestigious RIBA President's Awards for Research 2012 – Practice Based Research Category (2012) for the book A Right to Build, which was described as ‘the stuff of true architectural research’ by the Chair of the Judging Panel, Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad.

    Cristina has published and presented her work across a number of outlets, from academic journals to parliamentary launches, public events and exhibitions, to reach a range of audiences. She has also led a number of national and international collaborations with other Universities and external organisations and much of her research is in conversation with other academic disciplines and with non-academic partners. 
    Cristina been invited to speak on a number of occasions by academic and professional institutions for research, specialist and lay audiences in relation to my research, teaching and professional practice work. Invitations from international academic and cultural institutions include the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Architecture Foundation, the Lighthouse, the University of Florence, IUAV (Venice), Politecnico di Milano, KTH in Stockholm and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.

    She has been successful in obtaining research funding from a range of bodies, including RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the Department of Health and the EU.

    Detailed and uptodate information about research activities can be found on Academ and ResearchGate.

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    I am currently serving as on the Commission for Ethics and Sustainable Development of the Royal Institute of British Architects, with an aim of putting public interest at the heart of the architecture profession.

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