Navigation

News and events

Mr Stephen Bennett

Principal Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Victoria Building, VB207

+44 (0) 1772 89 3366

sjbennett@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Architecture, Art, Business and Management, Construction and Surveying, Design, Education, Fashion, Marketing and Public relations, Media

I was appointed as a Principal Lecturer in 2010 with an initial responsibility for Marketing and Promotion for the School. This required the creation of a School Brand as the old Northern School of Design and School of Creative and Performing Arts merged in to one and development of new marketing strategies. Since then I have worked as the Discipline Lead for Design and I am currently the Lead for UK and International Partnership.

Stephen is the Course Leader for MA Interior Design and a Validation Advisor at other HE Institutions including Liverpool Hope University. He is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects Registration Board UK.

Full Profile

I studied Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University between 1980 and 1986. Since qualifying in 1986 have worked as an active Practitioner at various offices including Building Design Partnership, and TFL International. During these years I worked on the development of many buildings and in many design teams which included:

  • National Shopping Centres (including Chesterfield and Leeds Butter market) in the commercial retail sector.
  • New Compaction Plant buildings for Low Level Waste and Hi-Force Medium waste facilities at Sellafield in the nuclear sector.
  • New headquarters facilities for Northwest water including the Laboratory Building and Conference Facility at the Omega 3000 site at Warrington in the Commercial Office sector.
  • Complete refurbishment of Hotels at Bath and Hyde Park, London in the Tourism sector
  • Dining facilities for Rowntree Mackintosh in York in the Manufacturing sector
  • Various Restaurants and bars in the Leisure sector.

I subsequently founded my own Practice and ran this for two years. My largest project during this period was the complete refurbishment of a city central hotel in Wolverhampton.

I joined the University in 1992 as the Principal Architect responsible for the development of UCLan’s Campus as it planned to grow its on Campus student population tenfold in the following five years. This expansion reflected its receipt of University status.

As Principal Architect I developed an Office of 12 staff to carry out extensive master planning and the expansion over the ensuing eight years. Some notable and personal favourite projects were:

  • Outdoor Multisport Complex at Cottam (£12.9 Million)
  • New Library and Learning resources Building at Penrith which received an award from the Lake
  • District Planning authorities and was featured in a Library conference run by the Higher education body SCONUL. (£1.5 Million)
  • On Campus Library and learning resources building extension (£3.5 million)

In 1999 I was Appointed as the Head of Property Services on a 12 month basis when the current Head left to take up a Post at Birmingham and whilst the University decided how to continue the development of its facilities .

In the year 2000 I decided to move into teaching as I had developed an interest in the subject through my working with many colleagues at the UCLan Campus’ and during my study on the BSc Building Heritage and Conservation course. I subsequently founded the BA (Hons) Interior Design course within the Northern School of Design. This followed four years later with the development of the MA Interior Design course for which I am still the Course Leader today.

I have subsequently relinquished my role on the undergraduate course to give me time to help the School lead in its strategic development. This has taken on various roles over the past four years including:

  • Lead for Marketing and Promotion
  • Discipline lead for Design
  • Business Development Lead for International and Partnership

As we restructure again there will be new challenges ahead as Performance leave the school to be replaced with Architecture. This is an exciting time and will undoubtedly provide me with a fresh impetus.

Research Activities

  • Transbus
    Developing contemporary interiors for future city buses.
  • Lonsdale Unit
    Developing user-centred healing environments for mental healthcare sector.

  • Industrial Buildings Northwest
    Exploration of new uses for redundant industrial buildings (conversion of redundant sewage work into modern domestic dwellings).

  • Lunar caravans
    Developing new design solutions for youth focussed caravan design with limited budgets and a need to find new and emerging commercial markets.

Projects

  • Outdoor Multisport Complex at Cottam (£12.9 Million)
  • New Library and Learning resources Building at Penrith which received an award from the Lake District Planning authorities and was featured in a Library conference run by the Higher education body SCONUL. (£1.5 Million)
  • On Campus Library and learning resources building extension (£3.5 million)

Conferences

  • SCONUL conference, Birmingham, 1999

Social Media