Hannah Durham

AA Dipl, BA (First Class) Honours, PCTHE, ARB, RIBA, FHEA.


School of Architecture

Hannah Durham


Hannah is an Architect, educator and researcher. She is a Lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Hannah teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for design studios, research dissertation supervison, a history and theory module and a management, practice and law module. She has over eight years of experience working in architecture practice. She was named an RIBA Journal 2021 Rising Star.

In the undergraduate course she is the Studio Leader for the design studio Building Stories which explores the relationship between storytelling and architecture. In the postgraduate course she is a supervisor in the specialisation Research Led Design (RLD). 

Hannah joined as a Lecturer in the School of Architecture in October 2020. She was an Associate Lecturer since September 2016. Prior to becoming a Lecturer, she worked full time as an Architect in practice.

Hannah is in the MArchD (postgraduate) and BA (undergraduate) Admissions team.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Hannah contributes to the following modules:

  • Architectural Design 1+2
  • Architectural Design 3+4


  • Intro to Arch History & Theory (co-module leader)
  • Dissertation
  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Management, Practice & Law


  • Research Led Design I
  • Research Led Design II
  • Research Methods for Design


Postgraduate Research Led Design Supervision


Research Interests.  Architectural Education, increasing diversity and improving inclusivity in the architectual field, Storytelling and Architecture, Oral History, the Traces of Time and Memory in Architecture, Women Architects, Soundscapes, Listening as a Qualitative Research Method, Theatrical Stage Mechanisms in Architecture, Flexible Architecture, and Cross-Disciplinary Practice. 

Between 2014-2017 Hannah was the oral history interviewer and researcher for the AA XX 100 project celebrating one hundred years of women studying at the AA School, collecting the life stories of women alumni for the AA Archive.

She is a co-leader at Studio in the Woods which is an education and research project designing and making with timber at 1:1 scale. 



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • RIBA Member
  • ARB
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Member of the RIBA University Validation Board Panel.