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Dr Charlie Smith

Dr Charlie Smith

Telephone: 0151 904 1191

Biography

Dr Smith's PhD thesis in sustainable architecture studied a methodology for profiling lifecycle sustainability. Moving into professional practice to complete his qualification as an architect and gain experience as a project leader, he worked on a number of multi-million pound projects - predominantly in the residential and education sectors. Nonetheless, higher education has always been his long-term career path, and in 2005 he took an academic role as Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University. In this position, in addition to his day-to-day role as a design tutor and lecturer, he has developed a substantial body of research and consultancy projects.

As a Senior Lecturer Dr Smith works as a Design Tutor across the undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture programmes. At undergraduate Levels he tutors and lectures on taught modules in Design, History and Theory, and Technology and Practice; he is particularly involved where teaching specializes in sustainable design. In the postgraduate programme he is a Design Tutor and Specialist Study Tutor, guiding students through the development of dissertations and thesis design projects.

His research focuses on learning and teaching pedagogy in creative programmes - and in particular on assessment and feedback - and the impact of these on the student experience. He has published numerous papers and presented at international conferences in this field. The outcomes of this work are implemented locally via continual refinement of the learning and teaching experience, to ensure innovation and best practice in the subject area, as well as through Dr Smith's roles at School, Faculty and University levels.

Dr Smith also undertakes research in library architecture, focusing in particular on how digitisation and new programmatic challenges are affecting these civic and cultural landmarks in towns and cities. He has innovated ways in which studio design work can inform this research, creating collaborative partnerships with students, and which has also led to international publications. Other research interests include sustainable architecture as one factor in a range of critical issues affecting housing design. He has generated considerable consultancy work, including involvement in cutting-edge projects for zero-carbon buildings, and which has secured external income. Dr Smith was awarded 'Outstanding Paper' in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

His expertise in Learning and Teaching have led to Dr Smith’s involvement in the development of best practice in education across his Faculty and the University. He has also contributed to the development of education in his subject area at government level, through inclusion on the education panel of the Farrell Review. Dr Smith achieved recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.

Degrees

2009, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PG Cert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2001, Royal Institute of British Architects (NW), United Kingdom, Advance Diploma, Professional Practice in Architecture
2001, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD, Sustainable Urban Housing
1998, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA, Architecture and Urban Design
1996, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Diploma, Architecture
1993, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons), Architecture

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Architecture, Liverpool John Moores University, 2005 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Smith CR. 2018. Take the Red Pill: A Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Teaching Informed Research. Charrette, 4 :126-135 >Link

Smith CR. 2017. The influence of hierarchy and layout geometry in the design of learning spaces Journal of Learning Spaces, 6 :59-67 >Link

Smith CR. 2014. Future of the book and library creatively explored New Library World, 115 :211-224 >DOI

Journal article

Smith CR. 2018. Take the Red Pill: A Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Teaching Informed Research. Charrette, 4 :126-135 >Link

Smith CR. 2017. The influence of hierarchy and layout geometry in the design of learning spaces Journal of Learning Spaces, 6 :59-67 >Link

Smith CR. 2017. Mind the Gap! Students’ Expectations and Early Experiences of Higher Education Innovations in Practice, 11 :23-38 >Link

Smith CR. 2017. Are We Throwing Out the Books with the Bathwater? Dilemmas Over New Directions in Library Design International Journal of the Book, 15 :1-10 >DOI >Link

Smith CR. 2016. Self-directed learning: a toolkit for practitioners in a changing higher education context Innovations in Practice, 10 :15-26 >Link

Smith CR. 2016. The Library as a Hybrid Building: New Forms and Complex Programmes The International Journal of the Book, 14 :29-37 >DOI

Smith CR. 2014. Future of the book and library creatively explored New Library World, 115 :211-224 >DOI

Smith CR. 2014. Fusing Technology and Design in the Studio Charrette, 1 :115-126 >Link

Smith CR. 2011. Understanding Students’ Views of the Crit Assessment. Journal of Education in the Built Environment, 6 :44-67 >DOI >Link

Smith CR. 2010. A reflection on the pros and cons of the ‘‘crit’’ as a method for delivering feedback and conducting assessment. Innovations in Practice, 2 :104-111

Smith CR. Small group work: Dodging potential pitfalls to reach the pedagogic possibilities Innovations in Practice, 12 >Link

Conference publication

Smith CR. 2017. ‘“Yet Another Apartment Block…?!” A Critique of Housing Provision in Cities, and Qualities That Make Urban Houses Desirable.’ AMPS Conference Publication Series 8. Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis: Policy, Planning, Design and Delivery., Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis: Policy, Planning, Design and Delivery 8 :65-74 >Link

Smith CR. 2016. Take the red pill: A journey into the rabbit hole of teaching informed research Research Based Education - association of architectural educators 2016 2 :396-406

Smith CR. 2016. The Library as a Hybrid Building: New Forms and Complex Programmes International Journal of the Book, The 13th International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries, Vancouver 14 :29-37

Smith CR. 2014. The student-directed learning landscape - Academia without academics? Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2014 - Preparing for learning futures: the next ten years

Smith CR. 2013. Fusing technology and design in the studio (Un)common Currency - Conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE)

Smith CR. 2013. Evaluating Architecture students’ perspective of learning in peer reviews. DRS // CUMULUS - The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers 1 :343-355 >Link

Smith CR. 2011. Evolving the delivery of formative feedback in Architecture LJMU Learning & Teaching Conference >Link

Smith CR. Student View of Peer Review Seeking continuous improvement and innovation in feedback and assessment in the Art and Design subject area >Link

Book review

Smith CR. 2016. Elizabeth Boling, Richard A. Schwier, Colin M. Gray, Kennon M. Smith, & Katy Campbell (Eds.) (2016) Studio Teaching in Higher Education, Abingdon: Routledge (978-1-138-90243-5 [Pbk], 300pp) Innovations in Practice, 10 :144-146

Chapters

Smith CR. 2016. The influence of digital media on the design of libraries Baker D, Evans W. The End of Wisdom? The Future of Libraries in a Digital Age. 1 :45-48 Chandos 9780081001424

Smith CR. 2016. Presence, permeability and playfulness – future library architecture in the digital era Baker D, Evans W. Digital Information Strategies: From Applications and Content to Libraries and People :229-244 Chandos Publishing 978-0-08-100251-3

Smith CR. 2015. Chasing the Grail - Reconciling Priorities to Improve New Housing Cairns G, Isaac-Menard R, Potts G. Housing The Future – Alternative Approaches for Tomorrow :53-67 Libri Publishing. Faringdon 978-0-9933706-0-1 >Link

Artefact

Smith CR. 2006. Salford City Academy

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Individual Teaching and Learning Excellence Award, Liverpool John Moores University

'Outstanding Paper Award', for Smith, Charlie. (2014). ‘Future of the book and library creatively explored.’ New Library World, (115)5-6: 211-224, ISBN 978-1-78441-375-0, ISSN 0307-4803, Emerald Literati Network, http://10.0.4.84/NLW-04-2014-0034

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University

Conference organisation:

Higher Education Workshop / Seminar: Seeking continuous improvement and innovation in feedback and assessment in the Art and Design subject area., Key Contact and Organiser

External collaboration:

Higher Education Academy, Centre for Education in the Built Environment

Fellowships:

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, The Higher Education Academy

Industrial connections:

Class of Your Own, Zero carbon classroom design - Consultancy project

Glass Elements, Facade design - Consultancy project

Media Coverage:

http://britishhomesawards.co.uk/2007/home-works/, Frankland, R. and C. Smith. (2007). “Home:Works” in Home for the Future. Real Estate TV and Sky Channel 279. Broadcast on Sunday 6 May. 17.30. This television programme featured the short-listed competition entries to design a low-energy family dwelling.

Membership of professional bodies:

Architect, Architect's Registration Board (ARB)

Other Professional Activity:

Benchmarking Student Feedback Special Interest Group; Higher Education Academy. 2011

The Farrell Review. Expert panel member of ‘Education’ workshop. 2013.

Research Grants Awarded:

North West Regional Development Agency, A Carbon Neutral Classroom, Class of Your Own, Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 5 months

North West Regional Development Agency, Glass Facade Design (consultancy project), Glass Elements, Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 10 months

Centre for Education in the Built Environment, CEBE National Student Survey Focus Group, Grant value (£): 100, Duration of research project: 3 months

Higher Education Academy, Seeking continuous improvement and innovation in feedback and assessment in the Art and Design subject area, Jon Spruce, Grant value (£): 1500, Duration of research project: 5 months

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education