Position: Visiting Lecturer
Faculty: Creative and Liberal Arts
Areas of Expertise: Architecture, Photography, History and Theory of Design, Inclusive Design, Online Learning, Learning Spaces
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.
Interior Design Studio; History and Theory of Architecture and Interior Design; Research Methods; Academic Writing and Presentation Skills
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);
MA dissertations in Design Management and Fashion Management, University of Northumbria
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
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
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
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
Last updated: 01 March 2018