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Professor Craig Lee Martin

Professor of Architecture
School of Arts and Media

Professor Craig Martin’s research interests focus on the advancement and synthesis of architecture, urban design and sustainability at all city scales. Craig has taught at all levels of architectural education over an academic career spanning twenty years. In the last six years, Craig has developed and led EU funded onsite ‘live-lab’ design studios that have contributed to the sustainable city visions of several European cities, including Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik, Sevilla, Menorca, Roeselare, Preston, Nicosia and Amersfoort. Current research is further investigating how design methodologies, which bring stakeholders into the creative process, can better connect communities and meet their societal challenges. Hence, promoting healthier, productive, more enjoyable and carbon neutral lifestyles.

Working jointly at the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture (UCLan) and the Faculty of Architecture at The Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Craig continues to connect and build international networks and exchange educational knowledge for mutual student, staff and research benefit across both complimentary roles. Craig is a member of the UCLan’s ‘Healthy & Sustainable University Group’ and contributes to the design studios across all years in the BSc and the Masters programme at the Institute.

Before being invited to join TU Delft in 2012, Professor Martin continued his passion for urban sustainability at Manchester School of Architectures (MSA) as ‘Head of Technology’. Within this leadership role Prof. Martin went onto implement a rigorous set of measures that advanced the Schools urbanistic agenda toward climate change and sustainability. A doctoral thesis, the first to be awarded at the MSA, proposed a nature inspired approach to the sustainable adaptation of Northern European post-industrialized cities. As an international specialist in urban sustainability in the Chair of Climate Design and Sustainability at TU Delft, Craig would take a two year leading role in TU Delft’s student entry into the Solar Decathlon 2014. The Decathlon being the world’s largest student competition. TU Delft would go onto win five acclaimed design awards. Since 2014 Prof Martin has demonstrated on the international stage how socially impactful education and externally blue-chip funded research can be effectively linked and mutually advanced. In recognition of this accomplishment Prof. Martin was to be invited by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) to be the key speaker for the EU's Policy Officer Conference where Craig described the successes of the EU FP7 ‘City-zen Roadshow’, a co-creative onsite design studio that he developed and led from the outset in 2015. Following the City-zen Dubrovnik Roadshow in 2016, on the instruction of the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Professor Martin was to be awarded ‘The City of Dubrovnik Contribution Award’ in recognition of the Roadshow project teams outstanding contribution to the sustainable development of the City. The Preston Roadshow took place in 2018, this would be hosted jointly by UCLan and Preston City Council (PCC). Participants of this EU initiative would be UCLan’s staff and students who worked alongside key city decision makers and city stakeholders to define a sustainable city vision for Preston. Later that year the Roadshow moved onto Cyprus, and once again would be jointly hosted by UCLan, but on this occasion by staff from our Larnaca campus. Prof Martin gained key support from key political and economic leaders from both sides of the Cypriot divide, Embassies and UN Peacekeeping Force. The aim being a co-created sustainable island vision together with bi-communal peace. As Professor of Architecture at the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture since 2017, Craig is in the process of developing a strategic vision and identity for the Institute. A responsibility that meets with his desire to build upon global city partnerships and local sustainable community networks. Prof. Martin's experience of living lab activities enhancing societal impact, student experience, curriculum and international standing through meaningful stakeholder collaboration.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Hons), The University of Manchester (UK), 1995
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), Manchester School of Architecture (UK), 1998
  • Master of Arts in Architecture + Urbanism (by Research), Manchester School of Architecture (UK), 2000
  • Ph.D. (The Bradshaw Trust Scholarship), Manchester School of Architecture (UK), 2007
  • The University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) Equivalent, The Delft University of Technology (NL), 2019
  • Masters of Arts Architecture & Urbanism Scholarship, The Manchester School of Architecture, 1998
  • The Bradshaw Gass Trust Academic PhD Scholarship in association with the Manchester Society of Architects, 2001
  • The Solar Decathlon, Winner of 5 awards. Top 3 awards including the 1st Prize for the Sustainability Contest & 1st Prize for Communication & Social Awareness, 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation awarded by the Rectorate of Yasar University (Izmir, Turkey), 2017
  • City Contribution Award, The City of Dubrovnik & Dubrovnik Development Agency, 2017
  • Sustainable Solutions
  • Societal Challenges
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Architectural Innovation
  • Co-creative Design