Supervisor: Gill Chitty
Funding: WRoCAH studentship (AHRC)
Summary of research project:
The back-to-back terraced houses in Leeds form the largest collection of this housing type in the UK. Despite their original popularity as a housing type, the back-to-back houses and the communities who now live in them are considered to be problematic by some, and in areas such as Harehills, where communities are among the most socially deprived in the country, the building form has been stigmatised as a consequence. While it is acknowledged that the housing itself does present some difficulties in relation to building regulations and modern living requirements, there are examples elsewhere in Leeds, where the housing and community have adapted to provide more successful, and economically sustainable places that retain their heritage significance.
The aim of this research project is firstly to determine the heritage significance of the back-to-back houses in Harehills, by analysing and interpreting their architectural character, use, and value to their communities, and then to consider the factors that will inform their future in Leeds, culminating in design proposals that ensure an appropriate balance is achieved between heritage conservation and 21st century living.
My research interests are in the conservation of historic buildings and sustainable design, with a particular focus on terraced housing and engaging local communities in conservation–led regeneration.
University of York, 2013-2015
University of Lincoln, 1996-2004
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