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Emeritus Professor Bob Giddings

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

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Bob is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. He studied Architecture at Newcastle University winning two prizes in design competitions and was awarded a doctorate in Architecture and Urban Design from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York. Before university, Bob was employed as a Building Technologist in London and has since worked with award-winning architectural practices. He enjoyed five years as an associate tutor at Newcastle University School of Architecture before joining the School of the Built Environment. He has pioneered the development of three innovative degree courses - the Building Management Programme (now Construction Management) Architectural Design and Management (now Architecture) and Interior Design (now Interior Architecture).

Bob has supervised 20 PhD candidates to completion. His own research in Architectural Design Methodology and Urban Design has produced numerous international conference papers, a number of academic journal papers, and a book with Margaret Horne on architectural representation, titled Artists’ Impressions in Architectural Design. He has been lead examiner with the Architects Registration Board, member of the RIBA Validation Panel, and was on the CIOB Presidential Commission on the Future of Education for the Construction Industry. He has been subject specialist reviewer for Architecture, Building and Surveying with the Quality Assurance Agency, member of judging panels for the CIOB International Research and Innovation Awards, and mentor to the national scholars. He was a member of the international jury for a sustainable city centre design competition in the former Yugoslavia, and one of the founders of Northumbria University's Sustainable Cities Research Institute. He is Visiting Professor at Belgrade University Faculty of Architecture, and at the American University School of Architecture in Skopje.


Campus Address

Ellison Terrace

Newcastle upon Tyne

44(0) 191 2274742

Giddings, B. and Rogerson, R. (eds) (2021) Future of the City Centre: Global Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge (in preparation).

Giddings, B. and Rogerson, R. (2021) Compacting the city centre – densification in two Newcastles. Buildings and Cities, 2(1), 185–202. DOI:

Rogerson, R. and Giddings, B. (2020) The future of the city centre: Urbanisation, transformation and resilience – a tale of two Newcastle cities. Urban Studies.

Giddings, B., Almehrej, M. and Cresciani, M. (2020) The Dilemma of Saudi Arabian Homes in Riyadh. Space and Culture.

Giddings, B. and Moss, O. (2018) The art and architecture of Peter Yates and Gordon Ryder at Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne. Architectural Research Quarterly. 21 (2), 141-154.

Giddings, B. and Ladinski, V. (2016) Implementation of a Local Authority workplace strategy. Facilities. 34 (3/4), 196-218.

Charlton, J., Giddings, B., Thompson, E. M. and Peverett, I. (2015) Understanding the interoperability of virtual city models in assessing the performance of city centre squares. Environment and Planning A. 47 (6), 1298-1312.

Pugalis, L., Giddings, B. and Anyigor, K. (2015) Inroads in Alleviating Slum Conditions across Nigeria, in Aworti, N. and Musahara, H. (eds).  Implementation of the Millenium Development Goals: Progress and Challenges in Some African Countries.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: OSSREA Publications.

Pugalis, L., Giddings, B. and Anyigor, K. (2014) Reappraising the World Bank responses to rapid urbanisation: Slum improvements in Nigeria. Local Economy. 29 (4-5), 519-540.

Pugalis, L., Giddings, B. and Anyigor, K. (2014) Informal Settlements: The Prevalence of and Barriers to Entrepreneurial Synergies in Slum Communities, in Pugalis, L. and Liddle, J. (eds). Enterprising Places: Leadership and Governance Networks, Vol. 3. Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research. Bingley: Emerald. 197-225. 

Current Supervision

Sepideh Hajisoltani Future Scenarios for UK City Centres: The Case of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Completions since 2014

David McGuinness 2021 Rescaling Governance, the turn to localism with sub-national governance: Assessing impacts upon planning and regeneration policies during an period of austerity

Laura Brown 2020 The architectural design and planning legacies of the European Summer Olympic Games 1948-2012

Joao Ortale 2017 Social Housing in Campo Grande, Brazil

Leo Moreton 2016 Regionally Responsive Approaches to Residential Design in England

Majid Almehrej 2015 A Design Guide for Contemporary Saudi Arabian Homes in Riyadh

Monika Sharma 2014 Architectural Design Quality in Local Authority Private Finance Initiative: The Development of an Evaluation Tool


Research Themes

Future of the City Centre

Post-City Structuring Approach to Urban Design

Architectural Design Methodologies and Design Quality

Scholarly Activity

Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Future of the City Centre project and joint UK Co-ordinator for the Future of the City Centre International Network 

Joint Co-ordinator of the Architectural Design and Management Working Commission for CIB  


CIB World Congress Best Reviewer Award 2016

23rd International Urban Planners Exhibition Second Prize 2014

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