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Joanne Harrison

Research

Back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds

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.

Profile

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.

Education

University of York, 2013-2015

  • MA Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) – Distinction

University of Lincoln, 1996-2004

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Practice and Management in Architecture (RIBA Part 3)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (RIBA Part 2)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Design
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Practice
  • BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1)

Employment

  • Director at Harrison Architectural Heritage, Wakefield (July 2020 – present)
  • Research Assistant at City of York Council, York (July 2020 – August 2020)
  • Architect at Merrell O’Flaherty Dormer Ltd, Harrogate (January 2015–November 2016)
  • Architect at AHR (formerly Aedas Architects), Leeds (February 2008 - September 2014)
  • Architect at jmarchitects (formerly PJMP), Leeds (August 2002 - January 2008)
  • Architectural Assistant at Lloydspharmacy, Coventry (January – September 2000)
  • Architectural Assistant at Michael Partridge Project Partnership Ltd, Coventry (September - December 1999)

Voluntary Positions

  • Planning sub-committee member, Wakefield Civic Society (January 2020 – present)
  • Building Surveyor, City of York Council, The University of York & English Heritage (January – March 2015)
  • Leeds Society of Architects Treasurer, RIBA Yorkshire (January 2004 – November 2013)

Publications/Papers and Academic Awards

Publications and Papers

  • Harrison, J. (2019) “Housing, heritage and digital technologies” [poster], (Digital Heritage Conference, University of York, June 24).
  • Harrison, J. (2019) Back-To-Back houses in twenty-first century Leeds. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/17567505.2019.1571773
  • Harrison, J. (2019) “Back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds” [presentation], (Space Network, York, May 17).
  • Harrison, J. (2018) Heritage Open Days: Back-to-back houses, Harehills [online]. Leeds. Leeds Library and Information Service. August 24. https://secretlibraryleeds.net/2018/08/24/heritage-open-days-back-to-back-houses-harehills/
  • Harrison, J. (2018) The origin, development and decline of back-to-back houses in Leeds, 1787-1937. Industrial Archaeology Review. 39(2), 101-116. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/03090728.2017.1398902
  • Harrison, J. (2017) Walking tours of the back-to-back houses, Harehills [online]. Leeds. Leeds Library and Information Service. Sep. 20. https://secretlibraryleeds.net/2017/09/20/walking-tours-of-the-back-to-back-houses-harehills/
  • Harrison, J. (2017) Back-to-back houses and their communities [online]. Leeds. Leeds Library and Information Service. May 22. https://secretlibraryleeds.net/2017/05/22/back-to-back-houses-and-their-communities/
  • Harrison, J. (2017) “Heritage conservation – the forgotten agenda in Victorian terraced communities” in Chitty, G. ed. Heritage, conservation and communities. London: Routledge. 192-211
  • Harrison, J. (2016) Review: Sustainable Building Conservation. Oriel Prizeman in SPAB magazine. Winter. 73.
  • Harrison, J. (2016) “Reconciling conflicts between the built heritage and sustainability: the adaptive re-use of school buildings” in WRoCAH Journal (1). Available at: http://journal.wrocah.ac.uk/article/new/
  • Harrison, J. (2016) “Approaches to the analysis and interpretation of elite terrace houses in the long eighteenth century” in Postgraduate Perspectives on the Past, 2(1). 37-58. Available at: https://doi.org/10.5920/ppp.2016.214
  • Harrison, J. (2016) “Back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds” [poster], (WRoCAH conference, University of York, Oct. 2016).
  • Harrison, J. (2016) “The Chantry Chapel, Wakefield: the History of its Building and Re-building” [presentation], (Wakefield’s Medieval Bridge and Chantry Chapel Conference, Wakefield, Oct. 2016).
  • Harrison, J. (2016) “Heritage at risk: Victorian back-to-back houses in 21st century Leeds” [presentation], (Association for Industrial Archaeology conference, Telford, Sep. 2016).
  • Harrison, J. (2015) “Wakefield Cathedral:  19th and 21st century interventions in the fabric, and their significance in the building’s conservation history” [presentation], Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield, Nov. 2015).
  • Harrison, J. (2015) “Approaches to the analysis and interpretation of elite terrace houses in the long eighteenth century” [presentation], (H3 Postgraduate Conference, University of Huddersfield, July 2015).
  • Harrison, J. (2014) “Changing approaches to the analysis and interpretation of medieval urban houses” in The Post Hole (42) 15-26. Available at: http://theposthole.org/read/article/312
  • Harrison, J. (2014) “Visual analysis and phased interpretation of Chantry Chapel, Wakefield” in The Post Hole (41). 18-29. Available at: http://theposthole.org/read/article/306
  • Harrison, J. (2014) “Heritage conservation – the forgotten agenda in Victorian terraced communities” [prsentation], (Engaging Conservation Conference, University of York, July 2014).
  • Harrison, J. (2014) “Clarke Hall, Wakefield – A new interpretation” [poster], (Annual Student Archaeology 2 Conference: Reading University, June 2014).
  • Sodagar, B, J. Zumbé & K. Amarantidou. (2002) "New buildings, New spaces - Planning a Sustainable Environment" in T. Pettersen ed. Sustainable Building 2002 International Conference. Ecobuild: Oslo.
  • Zumbé, J. (2002) "New buildings, New spaces - Planning a Sustainable Environment" [poster], (Ecobuild Conference: Oslo, Sep. 2002)

 

Journal Features

  • “Sedum House” in DZine. (Sustainability, Summer 2007) 4-5
  • “Sustainable Property. Counting the cost” in Yorkshire Business Insider. (January 2007) 52-53
  • “Conservation by name, conservation by building” in Sustainable Solutions. (Nov/Dec 2006) 40-41
  • “Class of 2002” in Building Design. CMP United Business Media: London. (July 26 2002) 8-21

 

Academic Awards

  • WRoCAH Conference Poster Competition Judge’s Award (2016)
  • Association for Industrial Archaeology Postgraduate Dissertation Prize (2016)
  • Duncan Gillard Memorial Medal for the best Conservation Studies dissertation (2015)
  • White Rose College of Arts and Humanities PhD Studentship (2015)
  • The York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship Bursary (2013)

Teaching and Impact

Departmental teaching

Field Trip Facilitation

  • 2019 - Building Survey (Year 1 Undergraduate Module)
  • 2019 - Sustainable Conservation Solutions (MA Skills Module)
  • 2019, 2018 and 2016 - Approaches to Conservation (MA Core Module)
  • 2017 - Conservation Solutions (MA Skills Module)
  • 2016 - Heritage Protection (MA Skills Module)

Marking and assessment feedback

  • 2017 - Field Archaeology (Year 1 Undergraduate Module)

Other

  • 2019 - Data Analysis – Teaching materials accessibility check and modification
  • 2017 - CPD Facilitation - Hot mixed and other traditional mortars for conservation and repair
  • 2016 - CPD Facilitation – Writing specifications for conservation projects
  • 2016 - CPD Marketing

 

Outreach activities

  • 2019 – “Heritage at risk: Back-to-back houses in 21st century Leeds” (Lunchtime Talks, Leeds Library, April 22).
  • 2019 – “Heritage at risk: Back-to-back houses in 21st century Leeds.” (1152 Club, Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre Leeds. April 17).
  • 2017 - 2019 – “Back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds.” (Manned exhibition at the Harehills Festival, Leeds. August / September). 
  • 2018 – “Back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds.” (Manned exhibition at the Great Get Together, Compton Centre Community Hub library, Leeds. June 23). 
  • 2017 - 2019 – “The back-to-back houses, Harehills.” (Organised and led walking tours, Leeds for Heritage Open Days. September). 
  • 2017 - 2018 – “Back-to-back houses and their communities in 21st century Leeds.” (Exhibition for Heritage Open Days at Compton Centre Community Hub library, Leeds. September). 

Joanne Harrison

Contact details

Mrs Joanne Harrison
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor
York
YO1 7EP

Tel: (44) 1904 433931
Fax: (44) 1904 433902

https://backtobackhouses.wordpress.com/
@backtobackhouse