Naomi Gibson

Naomi Gibson BSc, MArch, ARB

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Naomi Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Greenwich, and Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Architecture since September 2023. She has previously been a Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, teaching across design, and histories and theories modules. Naomi has previously taught in architecture schools at Oxford Brookes University and Central St Martins, and has been a visiting critic for a variety of architecture schools across the UK and internationally.

Naomi is also a registered architect in the UK, and spent several years working in architectural practice with a focus on education projects. She holds a BSc and MArch in Architecture, both from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and completed her professional studies (Part III) at the University of Cambridge. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Architecture.
  • Unit 6 Design Tutor – BA Architecture Years 2&3
  • Thesis Tutor – MArch Architecture

Research / Scholarly interests

Naomi's research is interdisciplinary, threading together architecture, the social sciences and arts-based practice. Her research interests include: the role of speech in architectural design processes; speech and the imagined architectural project; speech-drawing relationships; intersections between voice and architecture; architectures of speaking and listening and the social, cultural and spatial performance of institutional buildings.

Her PhD research is a study of architect's design conversations, with a focus on the creative, collaborative role of speech in early, concept-stage design projects. Other recent research projects include a comparative study of 28 European National Parliament Buildings, a project led by Professor Sophia Psarra (UCL), undertaken with Gustavo Maldonado Gil (UCL).

Recent publications

  • Gibson, N., Psarra, S. and Maldonado Gil, G. (2023) ‘Shaping and Expressing Politics: A Comparative Study of National Parliament Buildings within the European Union.’ in Psarra, S. Sternberg, C. and Staiger, U. (eds.) Parliament Buildings: The Architecture of Politics in Europe. London: UCL Press
  • Gibson, N. (2021) ‘Reperforming as a Practice for Preserving Confidentiality.’ in Rendell, J. and Roberts, D. (eds.) Practicing Ethics. [online] Available at: https://www.practisingethics.org/processes

Presentations

  • 'Precedents as Spoken Constructions: Imagining Through Shared Recollections in Architects' Design Conversations.' in Agora II (Un)common Precedents. Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University, Canada. (22-24 September 2023).
  • 'Speaking to Design: Verbal Interpretation and Architectural Invention'. in PhD Research Projects Conference, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. (22 Feburary 2021).
  • 'Shaping and Expressing Politics: A Comparative Study of National Parliament Buildings within the European Union', with S. Psarra and G. Maldonado Gil, in Parliament Buildings International Conference, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. (18-19 February 2021).
  • 'Speaking to Design: Architects' Design Conversations and Finding a Practice for Confidentiality'. Presentation to New Centre for Spatial and Digital Ecologies, University of Greenwich. (30 May 2023)
  • 'Introducing the London Schools Atlas'. Guest Seminar for MSc Learning Environments,  Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL. (13 March 2023)
  • 'National Parliament Buildings within the European Union: A Spatial and Cultural Study'. Lecture with G. Maldonado Gil for Media x Design Lab, École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne. (01 March 2023)
  • 'PhD Conference'. Lecture co-chair with K. Culhane for the International Lecture Series, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (23 February 2021)
  • 'Oral Histories and Qualitative Interviews: Research and Practice'. Guest Seminar for MA Architectural History, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (02 October 2020)