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Kelly Mackinnon

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Kelly MacKinnon is an award-winning Architect, Associate Professor and Programme Leader for Masters in Architecture at Northumbria University. She has over 20 years experience of the education sector and governance within a university setting. As an industry-facing architect-academic, she contributes and leads on practice-based research and teaching through live projects in the region.

Kelly is also the Deputy Director of Cultural Partnerships at Northumbria University; a cross-faculty set of responsibilities collaborating with various cultural partners, charities, and local authorities. She leads and supports the university strategically with their cultural partnership portfolio working with partners such as the Venice Biennale, Live Theatre, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. She has led on various projects with regional and cultural partners with the aim of providing opportunities for local communities, regional economies, and the wider region.

Kelly has an international reputation in Architecture with an advisory role to the Architects Registration Board. She is an external examiner at several universities nationally and works with English Heritage as a critical friend on their National Blue Plaques scheme. Kelly also sits on the advisory panel for three local authorities and their corresponding Creative and Cultural Zone projects and has led on the Venice Biennale Fellowship Scheme in partnership with the British Council.

Kelly has taught at various institutions including: Northumbria University, Strathclyde University, Glasgow School of Art and has externally examined at the University of Kent, Birmingham City university and the University of Strathclyde.

Working at the intersection of academia and industry, Kelly’s teaching, research and practice spans interests in design, cultural heritage and adaptive re-use, collaborative practice and in architecture education. Her research, teaching and practice combine interests in working with young people and children – who regularly become a missing voice in design processes and community participation when discussing the future of their built environment.

Kelly Mackinnon

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Alnwick Castle + Gardens: Northern Landscapes Exhibition: Capability Brown , Mackinnon, K. 29 Apr 2017
  • RIBA Student Destination Report 2017: Professional Report, Mackinnon, K. 2017
  • Authenticity + Engagement in Architectural Education, Elliott, B., Mackinnon, K., Roberts, S. 5 Sep 2016, 2nd Annual AAE Conference 2014 - Proceedings, Sheffield, UK, University of Sheffield
  • RIBA Student Destination Report 2016, Mackinnon, K., Foster, L. 2016
  • Community Engagement and Live Projects within Architectural Education, Mackinnon, K. Sep 2015, The Annual Conference of the Council of Heads of the Built Environment
  • Re-imagining Gibside Hall, Couture, A., Couture, B., Green, C., Ring, P., Miller, S., Mackinnon, K. 2014

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: RIBA Research Trust Application 2018 2018
  • Invited talk: RIBA Women in Architecture Lecture 2018
  • Visiting an external academic institution: Birmingham City University 2015
  • Other: Invited Judge at Young Engineer Design Technology Awards 2013
  • Invited talk: Lord Mayor's Awards, Newcastle upon Tyne 2013
  • Other: RIBA Forgotten Spaces Exhibition 2012

  • Laura McClorey Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • John-Sebastian Messer AGENCY | ARCHITECTURE | APPROPRIATION An Exploration of Participation in the Production of the City Start Date: 26/05/2020 End Date: 03/03/2021

  • HEFC June 28 2018
  • HEFC February 27 2015
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 11 2007
  • Architecture PGDip January 01 2001
  • Architecture BArch September 01 1997
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA) SFHEA 2018
  • Architect Architects Registration Board (ARB) 2007
  • Associate Member Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 2007


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