QUB Research Fellow, Sean Cullen graduates with a PhD
MArch Studio Tutor and Research Fellow, Dr. Sean Cullen, has graduated with a PhD in Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. Sean’s PhD research explores the principles, techniques and technics of existing climate responsive building facades whilst examining the role of design speculation in shaping new paradigms in climate control of buildings.
Sean is also the co-founder of The Holding Project, a social enterprise which aims to provide affordable, energy neutral housing for young people. In collaboration with EastSide Partnership, they have also established the Belfast Housing Lab; it designs, develops and trials new strategies for improving housing affordability and accessibility in Belfast using small scale experimentation; led by a design approach in collaboration with residents, housing organisations, community stakeholders, councils and policymakers. Sean previously worked for Burckhardt+PartnerAG and Sult Design on a range of commercial and public projects. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Network and previously a British Council Fellow at the Venice Biennale.
Currently, Sean is a Research Fellow at QUB working on the Moveable-NEXUS (M-NEX) project. This Belmont Forum project explores how the principles of the food-water-energy nexus can make cities, and their wider regions, more resilient to climate change through a design-led approach. Each of the partner cities (Amsterdam, Belfast, Detroit, Doha, Sydney and Tokyo) offers unique and valuable insights into how culture and climate shape the built environment.
Banner Image: Site concept and strategy drawing for The Holding Project’s winning entry to the Urban SOS: hOUR City Competition.