Dr Jos Boys
Visiting Lecturer

Email: boysj@regents.ac.uk
Subject(s): Liberal Arts & Humanities

Professional Biography

Dr. Jos Boys trained in architecture and has worked as a journalist, teacher, researcher and design practitioner.

She has taught architecture and interior design (in both the design studio and through history and theory)  for many years across many universities, both in the UK and abroad. Her research focuses on the social aspects of architecture and interior design. This is underpinned by a design and artistic practice centred on working with

community and disadvantaged groups. She is especially interested in how design intersects with gender, class, race and disability; and in finding creative forms of collaboration with non-designers. Jos has an MA in photography and likes to use a variety of media and approaches to open up productive ‘spaces’ between designers educators, students, artists and the wider public.  

Jos has also been an HE senior manager, academic developer and instructional designer. She has developed academic courses, supported others in their teaching and learning, and has designed online learning materials.

She provides research and consultancy to higher education in the design of university learning environments - currently working with the University of New South Wales and the University of Ulster - supported by a strong track record of publications.


  • MA Photography, De Montfort University, Leicester (distinction) (PT) 2001-03
  • PhD, Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Reading (PT) 1986-01
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Polytechnic of North London (PT) 1990
  • MSc. in Advanced Architectural Studies, Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College London (PT) 1979 -81
  • BSc. in Architecture, Planning and Environmental Studies (2.1), Bartlett School, University College London (FT) 1974 –77

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2014 – 2015 Academic Developer, Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU), School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 2012- 2014 Teaching Fellow, MA Course Leader, and Director of Student Enhancement, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University Newcastle UK
  • 2009 – 2012 Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, British Higher School of Art and Design (BHSAD), Moscow
  • 2008 – 2012 (FT 2008) PT Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD), Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Brighton
  • 2007 - 2008 Academic Developer, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Brighton
  • 2006 – 2007 Studio Tutor, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton
  • 2003 - 2006 0.5 Course Leader, Access and Foundation Level courses in Architecture and Interior Design Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University
  • 2002 – 2003 Postgraduate Director and academic consultant, Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University
  • 2001- 02 Undergraduate Course Leader, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, London Metropolitan University (previously North London University)
  • 1999 –2001 Senior Lecturer, Educational Development (Art and Design), Centre for Educational Technology and Development (CETD), De Montfort University, Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH
  • 1995-99 Undergraduate Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Architecture and Urban Studies, De Montfort University, Milton Keynes
  • 1989 -95 Senior Lecturer in history and theory of design and architecture (senior subject tutor), Polytechnic of North London

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Sept 2015 - Built Environment Expert (BEE), Design Council/Council for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
  • Sept 2015 – Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA)
  • 2001 - Fellow, Higher Education Academy (previously ILT)

Teaching & Course Development


Interior Design Studio; History and Theory of Architecture and Interior Design; Research Methods; Academic Writing and Presentation Skills

Course Development

Thinking through Disability /Working with Disability Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCS) for UNSW/FutureLearn; Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (UNSW); MA in Fashion Management, University of Northumbria; Professional Diploma in Architecture (BHSAD, Moscow); BA Hons. in Interior Design (University of Hertfordshire/BHSAD);

Research Supervision

MA dissertations in Design Management and Fashion Management, University of Northumbria

Research Interests

Intersections between disability, gender, race and space; Understanding everyday social and material practices; intersections between and across different disciplinary theories and practices; non-representational and affect theories; science and technology studies; actor-network theory, phenomenology; ethnomethodology; feminist, queer and post-colonial studies; new materialism; post-humanism; community engagement; co-design; community-based design practices; participatory design methods; maker culture; citizen-scholarship; learning spaces in higher education; learning beyond the academy; object—based and embodied learning; future ways of living; body augmentation; digital technologies; the changing university; inclusive pedagogies; new ways of learning


(Ed) 2017 A Disability and Architecture Reader Routledge

2014 Doing Disability Differently: an alternative handbook on architecture, dis/ability, and designing for everyday life Routledge

2014 Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies Routledge

2013 (co-edited with Anne Boddington and Catherine Speight) Museums and Higher Education working together: Challenges and Opportunities Ashgate

2011 Towards Creative Learning Spaces: Re-thinking the architecture of post-compulsory education Routledge

2011 (co-edited with Anne Boddington) Reshaping Learning: a critical reader. The future of learning spaces in post-compulsory education Sense Publishers

Other Outputs

Mar – May 2016 Lessons in taking notice? Exhibition of photographs and mixed media, Spinach, Liverpool Road London

2014 “The Principle of Loose Bundles” in Light, A. et al. Everyday Disruptions. AHRC Effectiveness in Action/Connected Communities.

November 2010 What am I doing here? Photographic installation as part of Transitions group show, Fabrika Arts Centre, Moscow

Jan - Mar 2009 Discrete Carnage: a photographic collaboration in progress (with Pierre Alozie) Spinach, Liverpool Road London

September 2007 – Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen initial research and prototype installation, Mother and Baby Unit, Homerton Hospital, East London http://www.takingplace.org.uk

February 2005 A room of oneʼs own? Collaborative photographic and installation project between LMU Foundation students and Academie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

Conference Papers Given

10th – 11th May 2016 Keynote speaker “Towards Creative Learning Spaces?” for conference Exploring Creativity in Postsecondary Learning and Teaching, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

31st January 2016 Keynote speaker “Making Spaces for Creative Learning” University of the Arts, London Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

16th Oct 2015 “Designing universities for everyone: by doing disability differently” University of Sydney, Australia

3rd Oct 2015 “Building Better Universities? Strategies, Spaces, Technologies” UNSW Australia

27th May 2015 “Building Better Universities?” University of Sydney, Australia

4th March 2015 (web conference) “What do we mean by Learning Spaces?” Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Grants Awarded

2013- 2014 Effectiveness in Action project: ‘Reverent Actions’. With Ann Light, Northumbria University £250, 000. Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

2013 Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement; US$15, 000. Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) Perry Chapman Prize for Research into Learning Spaces

2008 - 2009 So What is Normal? Prototype web resources on disability and architecture. £22,000. Centre for Excellence in Teaching adnLearning through Design (CETLD) , University of Brighton.

2008 -2009 Architecture-InsideOut: creating collaborations between architects and disabled artists. £60, 000. Arts Council /Tate Modern

2007 Making Discursive Spaces; a collaboration between interior design students and disabled artists £35, 000.Arts Council South East.. http://www.discursivespaces.co.uk

2007 A Sense of Place: using audio-descriptions to understand interior and architectural spaces (for University of Brighton and VocalEyes). £25, 000 Arts Council South East/RIBA Architecture Week 2007/London Festival of Architecture 2007.

1986–89 ESRC- funded PhD research studentship, Faculty of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Reading