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Dr Ana Rute Costa

Lecturer in Architecture / L5 leader / Deputy Programme Director (BA) Arch

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Dr Ana Rute Costa combines the experience in practice, research and teaching. As an architectural practitioner, she has designed and collaborated in projects of different scales from housing to schools, public buildings and urban plans. Ana has collaborated with the architect Álvaro Andrade on the Rowing High Performance Center, Foz Côa – Portugal which won the ECOLA award 2015 and it was shortlisted work for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

Regarding research activity, in 2015 she accomplished her PhD with the thesis: “Dialogues and perspectives of young people about the school built environment, ethnography about the relationship between young people and learning spaces”. Based on my PhD research she was able to define the Cycle of the School Build Environment and define ways of improving the learning environment from the design to the appropriation phases.

Ana's research focus is on the build environment and its relationship with the users, seeking to understand the built environment from the conception to a post occupancy stage.

Currently she is also developing a research to Map BIM in teaching and practicing architecture, seeking to develop innovative strategies to better prepare architecture students for a near future.

Regarding Ana's teaching experience, she worked as a Lecturer in Architecture (and year one coordinator) at NUA and Tutor of Project III at FAUP. I’m currently lecturing at Birmingham City University, where she coordinated the second year (level five) and is Deputy Programme Director for (BA) Architecture. Parallel to this, she has coordinated and delivered the ARCHIchild, an architectural toolkit, designed by a team of architecture students from NUA, that has been developed through collaboration with the Norfolk Association of Architects (NAA) and funded by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Parallel to this, she has been working as illustrator in some project and won the first prize for the UIA (International Union of Architects) poster competition 2018.

Please visit her website for further info.

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