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Dr Cristina Cerulli PhD, MSc, MArch, SFHEA, FRSA

Associate Professor in Community Led Architecture and Urban Design / Postgraduate Research Tutor, Department of Natural and Built Environment


Summary

As a practitioner, researcher and educator in architecture and urban design, Cristina’s work focuses on supporting collective endeavours in the city and countering inequality through practices of care, actively proposing and implementing alternatives. Cristina’s research was funded by RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the EU and the UK Department of Health and widely shared through academic journals, parliamentary launches, public events, and exhibitions. With her practice Studio Polpo, she is contributing to the British Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 (postponed2021) with an installation about the British High Street

About

Cristina qualified as an architect in Italy (1999, Florence) and after a MSc in Computer Aided Building Design (Strathclyde) and a PhD in Architecture (Sheffield) she has been working across practice and academia in Sheffield and London.

Cristina’s work focuses on supporting collective endeavours in the city and countering inequality through practices of care, actively proposing and implementing alternatives. She has a particular interest in Ethical Practice, Collective Production of the Built Environment, Social Innovation and Community-Led Housing.

Cristina has a strong record of research and scholarship, having obtained funding RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the EU and the UK Department of Health and published and presented her work in academic journals, parliamentary launches, public events, and exhibitions. She is a co-recipient of a RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research (2012) and was a member of the RIBA Commission for Ethics and Sustainable Development (2018) and is currently a Specialist Expert at the Design Council and Senior Adviser on Public Space for the international NGO City, Space, Architecture.

She is a founding director of research-led social enterprise design and architecture practice Studio Polpo. With Studio Polpo, she is contributing to the British Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 (postponed2021) with an installation about the British High Street.

Teaching

Department of the Natural and Built Environment

Health And Wellbeing

Cristina’s 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. Cristina 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 published and presented pedagogical work to national and international academic and professional audiences. At Sheffield Hallam University she currently teaches across undergraduate and MArch, where she leads design studios and professional practice modules.

Architecture

MArch, PhD

Module leadership: Design Studio 5, Design Studio 6 The Praxis of Architecture 3: Developing your Own Professional Agenda, Integrated Professional Practice

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 up to date information about research activities can be found on Academia.com and ResearchGate.

The High St of Exchanges interactive installation part of the British Pavilion, at the Venice Architecture Biennale (commissioned by the British Council) The High St of Exchanges, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale

Team: Studio Polpo (Dr Cristina Cerulli, Dr Anna Wakeford Holder, Dr Jonathan Orlek, Mark Parson, Dr Julia Udall)

Footprints of urban activism: mapping narratives of success and failure in post-industrial development (funded by the British Academy).

Team: Dr Cristina Cerulli (PI), Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Lauren England, University of Dundee, Dr Ed Charlton, London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Chandra Morrison, London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr Duncan Hay, University College London.

Caring – with cities; enacting more careful urban approaches with community-led developments and policymakers (funded by the British Academy).

Team: Dr Mara Ferreri (PI), Northumbria University, Dr Claire McAndrew, University College London, Dr Cristina Cerulli, Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe, University of Surrey, Dr Marianna Cavada, Lancaster University.

Funding

Cristina has received funding from the British Academy, British Council, RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the EU and the UK Department of Health

The High St of Exchanges, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale

British Academy funding announcement

British Academy, British Council, RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the EU and the UK Department of Health

Publications

Key Publications

Gullino, S., Seetzen, H., Pacchi, C., & Cerulli, C. (2019). Interpreting patterns of interaction between civic activism and government agency in civic crowdfunding campaigns. Built Environment, 45 (2), 248-267. http://doi.org/10.2148/benv.45.2.248

Cerulli, C. (2018). Community Led Approaches to Housing: Towards a Relational Understanding of Practices and Policies of Contemporary Non-speculative Housing in the UK [abstract only]. In HSA Conference 2018, Sheffield, UK, 11 April 2018 - 13 April 2018.

Cristina Cerulli, (2017). Conflux of Interest: Revealing Multiple Value Systems in Socially Motivated Collaborative University Based Projects. In Daniel Brown, , Mark Southcombe, , & Annabel Pretty, (Eds.) Applied Collaborations. Wellington, NZ

(2011). Come Collaborate with Me! Praxis for Architectural Research. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Come-Collaborate-Me-Cristina-Cerulli/dp/0955666929/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479983080&sr=8-1&keywords=come+and+collaborate+with+me

Sarah Bell, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2012). Emerging Community Food Production And Pathways For Urban Landscape Transitions. Emergence: Complexity & Organization An International Transdisciplinary Journal of Complex Social Systems, 14 (1, Special Issue: Complexity and Sustainability), 31-44.

Cerulli, C., & Udall, J. (2011). Re-imagining Portland Works. Antenna Press.

Cerulli, C. (2010). What now? Reflections on what public housing has been and could become. In Zimmerman, A.L., & Johansson, (Eds.) Estate. London: Myrtle Press

Cristina Cerulli, , Florian Kossak, , Doina Petrescu, , & Tatjana Schneider, (2010). Agencies of Live Projects by Agency. In Doina Petrescu, , Constantin Petcou, , & Nishat Awan, (Eds.) TRANS LOCAL ACT Cultural Practices Within and Across. (pp. 287-298). aaa/peprav

Cerulli, C., & Kossak, F. (2009). Agency and the Praxis of Activism (Editorial). field: Agency and the Praxis of Activism, 3, 1-4.

Parvin, A., Saxby, D., Cerulli, C., & Schneider, T. (2011). A Right To Build - The Next Mass-Housebuilding Industry. Sheffield; London: Architecture 00:/; University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Cristina Cerulli, (2010). Mutually, Commonly. In Doina Petrescu, , Constantin Petcou, , & Nishat Awan, (Eds.) TRANS LOCAL ACT Cultural Practices Within and Across. (pp. 287-298). aaa/peprav

Gullino, S., Cerulli, C., Pacchi, C., & Seetzen, H. (2018). Citizen-led micro-regeneration and the negotiation of new urban public spaces: A comparative case-study of civic crowdfunding in London. In Fisker, J.K., Chiappini, L., Pugalis, L., & Bruzzese, A. (Eds.) The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue. New York: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Production-of-Alternative-Urban-Spaces-An-International-Dialogue/Fisker-Chiappini-Pugalis-Bruzzese/p/book/9780367664817

Journal articles

Cristina Cerulli, (2017). Conflux of interest. Revealing multiple value systems in socially motivated collaborative university based projects. . http://doi.org/10.5204/jps.v2i3.108

Jonathan Orlek, , Cristina Cerulli, , & Mark Parsons, (2016). Prototyping Shared Living: Collective Residential Experiments. BDC (Bollettino Del Centro Calza Bini), 16 (2), 251-264.

Cerulli Cristina, (2014). Thinking about housing, collectively thoughts from Sheffield, UK. Boundaries, 9 (Do-it-yourself Architecture), 74-81.

Bell, S., & Cerulli, C. (2012). Emerging community food production and pathways for urban landscape transitions. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 14 (1), 31-44.

Kanes Weisman, L., Cerulli, C., & Kossak, F. (2009). Educator, Activist, Politician. field: Agency and the Praxis of Activism, 3, 7-20.

Cerulli, C. (2007). Developing Low Cost Knowledge Management Strategies for Architectural and Engineering Practices. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management: Annual Review, 7 (7), 17-26. http://doi.org/10.18848/1447-9524/cgp/v07i07/50393

Cooper, G.S., Cerulli, C., Lawson, B.R., Peng, C., & Rezgui, Y. (2005). Tracking decision-making during architectural design. Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 10.

Conference papers

Gullino, S., Pacchi, C., & Cerulli, C. (2018). Citizen-led, innovative practices in envisioning, designing and shaping the future of European Cities: stories of Civic Crowdfunding in London and Milano [abstract only]. In 'Making Space for Hope' - AESOP (Associaltion of European Schools of Planning) Annual Congress, Sweden, Gothenburg, 10 July 2018 - 14 July 2018. http://www.trippus.se/eventus/userfiles/101941.pdf

Cerulli, C., & Vardy, S. (2018). Designing Infrastructures of Autonomy: Reflections on Architectures for More Just Cities. In People, Place and Policy 2018: Alternative urban futures for tackling social and spatial inequalities.

Silvia Gullino, , Cristina Cerulli, , Carolina Pacchi, , & Heidi Seetzen, (2018). CITIZEN-LED MICRO-REGENERATION case studies of Civic Crowdfunding in London and Milan. In Alternative urban futures for tackling social and spatial inequalities. People, Place and Policy 2018.

Silvia Gullino, , Heidi Seetzen, , Cristina Cerulli, , & Carolina Pacchi, (2017). Civic Crowdfunding and the Negotiation of New Urban Public Spaces Stories of Citizen-led Micro-regeneration from London and Milan. In INCUBATORS Conference - Urban Living Labs for Public Space. A new generation of planning?. KU Leuven

Cerulli, C., & Orlek, J. (2016). Developing a Critical Praxis. Inhabitation as Performance in the OPERA Project. In Stoppani, T., Bernath, D., & Engel, B. (Eds.) This Thing Called Theory - 12th Architectural Humanities Association Conference.

Jonathan Orlek, , Mark Parsons, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Collective Residential Experiments: Prototyping Shared Living through the Reuse of Vacant Buildings. In Abitare Insieme / Living Together -Dimensione condivisa del progetto futuro - 3° EDITION OF “INHABITING THE FUTURE” International Conference, (pp. 705-715). University of Naples Federico II - Department of Architecture

Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Holding Hands and Propping Up: Notes for a Framework for Collective Learning and Acting in the City. In Abitare Insieme / Living Together -Dimensione condivisa del progetto futuro - 3° EDITION OF “INHABITING THE FUTURE” International Conference, (pp. 1471-1482). University of Naples Federico II - Department of Architecture

Cristina Cerulli, , Beatrice De Carli, , & Florian Kossak, (2015). Translocal Networks of Mutual Learning in Urban Des ign Education. In Urban Lab+ London Symposium 2015.

Cerulli, C. (2015). Sustaining Communities’ Collective Endeavours: Stories from Sheffield. In Architecture and Resilience on the Human Scale, (pp. 99). School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

Jonathan Orlek, , Mark Parsons, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Open Public Experimental Residential Activity (OPERA): Looking Back and Looking Forwards. In Home and Art workshop. The Centre for Studies of Home at the Geffrye Museum

Cristina Cerulli, (2015). A Social Ecology of Collective 'DIY' Approaches to Housing in UK. In Critical Perspectives on Housing.

Cerulli Cristina, (2012). Transforming Professional Norms: Activism (Stealthily) Becomes a Core Skill in Architectural Professional Practice Curricula. In Theory by Design - Architectural research made explicit in the design studio.

Cristina Cerulli, , & Julia Udall, (2011). Collective Production and Action: the Re-imagining Portland Works Project. In ISBE 2011 Conference - 34th ISBE Conference Sustainable Futures: Enterprising Landscapes and Communities.

Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Rethinking Professional Skills: Architects of a Deeper Green. In 2011 China - UK – Korea Trilateral Conference on ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EDUCATION. Harbin Institute of Technology

Cristina Cerulli, , & Martin Field, (2011). Deconstructing the UK's housing speculation: finding a blueprint for a green future in mutual models. In Long Term Economics Issues and the Green Built Environment: Risk, Investment, the Future, Discounting, Intergenerational Equity, (pp. 28-31). Green Economics Institute

Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Breeding Architects of a Deeper Green: Rethinking Professional Skills. In 7th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Common Ground

Cerulli, C. (2010). Modes, Models, Strategies and Tactics for the anaging Proactive Architectural Praxis. In Constructed Environment Conference 2010.

Cerulli, C. (2010). Transformative Knowledge Production: the case of Re-imagining Portland Works KT Project. In 2ndINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH CONFERENCEPARTNERSHIPS, HYBIRDS AND NETWORKS.

Cerulli, C. (2010). LEARNING TO WORK IN NETWORKS: Episodes of Social Entrepreneurship in Architecture. In 2ndINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH CONFERENCEPARTNERSHIPS, HYBIRDS AND NETWORKS.

Cerulli, C. (2010). Housing with Joie de Vivre: Mutual Production Models for Sustainable Futures. In 5th Annual Green Economics Conference The Age of Global Transformation The Age of Green Economics, (pp. 54-60). Green Economics Institute

Cerulli, C. (2006). Sieving pebbles and growing profiles - Capitalising on knowledge embodied in design practice. Innovations in Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, 277-291. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5060-2_18

Cerulli, C., Peng, C.Z., & Lawson, B. (2001). Capturing histories of design processes for collaborative building design development - Field trial of the ADS prototype. COMPUTER AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUTURES 2001, PROCEEDINGS, 427-437.

Book chapters

Gullino, S., Seetzen, H., Cerulli, C., & Pacchi, C. (2018). Citizen-led Micro-regeneration: case studies of Civic Crowdfunding in London and Milan. In Fisker, J.K., Chiappini, L., Pugalis, L., & Bruzzese, A. (Eds.) The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue. New York: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Production-of-Alternative-Urban-Spaces-An-International-Dialogue/Fisker-Chiappini-Pugalis-Bruzzese/p/book/9780367664817

Cristina Cerulli, , & Anna Holder, (2012). Propagation of Praxes of Social Innovation in the Creative and Cultural Industries: Knowledge Sharing through Event-based and Spatial Networks. In Giep Hagoort, , Thomassen, A., & R. Kooyman, (Eds.) The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative industries. Publishing House Eburon (in cooperation with the University of Chicago Press)

Cerulli, C. (2011). MAKING IT HAPPEN WITH OTHERS: Episodes of Social Entrepreneurship in Design from Academia to the Outside and Back. In Baines, E., & Brown, (Eds.) The Business of Design: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Martin Field, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Researching Cohousing: What research is useful for understanding’s CoH’s place in the UK? In Martin Field, (Ed.) CoHousing : a Diggers & Dreamers Review, 2011. Diggers & Dreamers

Cristina Cerulli, , & Martin Field, (2011). Deconstructing the UK's housing speculation: finding a blueprint for a green future in mutual models. In Kennet, M., & Felton, J. (Eds.) The Green Built Environment: A Handbook. The Green Economics Institute

Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Housing with Joie de Vivre: Mutual Production Models for Sustainable Futures. In Kennet, M., & Felton, J. (Eds.) The Green Built Environment: A Handbook. The Green Economics Institute

Cerulli, C., & Holder, A. (2009). Acting from the bottom up: Stories of designers and communities. In Fiona Hackney, , Jonathan Glynne, , & Viv Minton, (Eds.) Networks of Design. (pp. 29-34). Universal-Publishers

Cerulli, C., & Matsumoto, I. (2003). Knowledge capture and knowledge management. In Teamwork2002: Solutions for collaborative working in construction and FM. London: Virtual First Ltd

Cerulli, C., Peng, C., & Lawson, B. (2001). Capturing Histories of Design Processes for Collaborative Building Design Development. In Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures 2001. (pp. 427-437). Springer Netherlands: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0868-6_32

Books

Cerulli, C., Yrgit Turan, B., & Cate Christ, M. (Eds.). (2021). Getting Political in the Neoliberal City: Resistance, Transformation, and the Practice of Design for Social and Environmental Justice. Routledge.

Cerulli, C., Yrgit Turan, B., & Cate Christ, M. (Eds.). (2021). Getting Political in the Neoliberal City: Resistance, Transformation, and the Practice of Design for Social and Environmental Justice. Routledge.

Cristina Cerulli, , Beatrice De Carli, , & Florian Kossak, (2015). Urban Design Methodologies and Tools for the Engaged Practitioner. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

Jonathan Orlek, , Mark Parsons, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Experimental Residential - How could short-term, shared living be introduced into UK city centres? Sheffield, UK: Antenna Press for Studio Polpo.

Ash, C., Birkbeck, D., Brown, S., Cerulli, C., & Stevenson, F. (2013). Motivating Collective Custom Build Report. Sheffield, UK: University of Sheffield. http://www.collectivecustombuild.org/site/media/PDF_Downloads/Motivating_Collective_Custom_Build_(2013)_-_Full_Report.pdf

Reports

Katya Porohina, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2012). River Commons Projects Report. Sheffield: Antenna Press. http://issuu.com/skin_network/docs/the_river_commons_projects/1

Exhibitions

Cerulli, C., Udall, J., Wakeford Holder, A., Orlek, J., & Parsons, M. (2020). The High Street of Exchanges (part of the British Pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020). [Interactive installation]. Venice.

Cerulli, C., Udall, J., Wakeford Holder, A., Orlek, J., & Parsons, M. (2020). The High Street of Exchanges (part of the British Pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020). [Interactive installation]. Venice.

Other publications

(2018). a 3 point manifesto for a more equal urban future ...understand the rules of the game, chew them up and propose new rules. Sheffield, UK

(2017). SHEFFIELD COMMUNITY LAND TRUST: THE STORY SO FAR & HOW TO GET INVOLVED. Union St Co-Working, Sheffield

(2015). Making and Unmaking in the City: Stories of Practices of Making from Sheffield, UK. Sheffield, UK

(2014). Which co-housing for Sheffield? Emerging models and approaches.

(2014). Learning to Produce Housing Collectively. Shirle Hill Co-housing, Sheffield

(2013). Leverage, Alignment and Currencies / Ethics and methods for cultural and educational ins titutions engaging with processes of urban transfor mation in contested areas. Istanbul

Cristina Cerulli, (2013). Thinking About Housing, Collectively. http://bookstore.boundaries.it/en/boundaries/20-do-it-yourself-2239033209.html

(2011). Establishing University Based Activist Research: the Portland Works Project. Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin, China

(n.d.). Addressing socio-economic access and inclusivity in my practice.

Other activities

Commissioner for Ethics, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Commission for Ethics and Sustainable Development. The recommendations of the Commission, unanimously approved by the Institute, have triggered reforms across all aspects of its work.

Founding Director, social enterprise architecture practice Studio Polpo. See the Practice Profile feature on Studio Polpo in the RIBA Journal

Expert (Specialist), the Design Council (see expert directory here)

Senior Advisor on Public Space for NGO City Space Architecture

External Examiner for UG and PGT courses at University of the Creative Arts, university of Strathclyde

Postgraduate supervision

Catalina Ionita (NBE Graduate Teaching Assistant), Spatial Infrastructures and Distributed Agencies: East Street Arts as Urban Activator (Director of Studies), Co-supervisors Dr Julia Udall and Dr Sam Vardy

Veronica Rochas, Urban Ecosystems and Sustainable Social Housing in Chile, (Director of Studies) Co-supervisors Dr Karam Al-Obaidi and Dr Mohataz Hossain

Current PhD Supervision as Jade Wilson, Mental health at home: The relationship between the home and emotion (part of Lab4Living’s 100-year life and the future home project), Co-supervisor, director of studies Dr Joseph Langley, co-supervisor Dr Melanie Levick-Parkin



Completed PhD Research Supervision

Ivan Rabodzeenko Citizen-led urban development in vacant spaces in the city, (completed 2019 Habitat Unit, TU Berlin) Second supervisor (first supervisor Prof. Philip Misselwietz)

Goran Vodicka, Co-produced research on intercultural social dynamics of streets and public spaces in Page Hall, Sheffield. (completed 2018, University of Sheffield), Second Supervisor (first supervisor Dr Claire Rishbeth (Department of Landscape).

Junghyun, Park Planning Strategies for Urban Agriculture Apartment Complexes in South Korea (completed 2017, University of Sheffield), First supervisor (second supervisor: Prof Doina Petrescu)

Huang, Junjie, Spatial affordance for young children's social interaction in nursery environment, (completed 2017, University of Sheffield), Second Supervisor (first supervisor Dr Rosie Parnell (Northumbria University)

Anna Holder, Initiating Architecture: Agency, Knowledge and Values in Instigating Spatial Change. (completed 2014, University of Sheffield), First supervisor (second supervisor: Prue Chiles)

Noushin Zand Vosoughi, Social sustainability and public life in Iranian Squares: the case of Naghshe Jahan Square. (completed 2014, University of Sheffield), First supervisor (second supervisor: Prof Doina Petrescu)

Maša Šorn, Designing with children: An exploration into the common language co-created by children and designers and its implications for the spatial design process, (completed 2017, University of Sheffield), Second Supervisor (first supervisor Dr Rosie Parnell (Northumbria University)

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