Staff Profiles

Mr Ricardo Assis Rosa

BA(Hons) DipArch (Oxford Brookes), ARB

Senior Lecturer in Architecture - Design and Technology

School of Architecture

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Ricardo Assis Rosa

Governor (Teaching Staff)


PhD by Design Researcher

Oxford Brookes Teaching Fellow
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Ricardo Assis Rosa is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Interior Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. His teaching and research is multidisciplinary focusing on the integration of Design and Technology bringing together methodologies and practices from Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and Fine Arts.


Ricardo’s background is quite extensive having started his design carrier in the Theatre where he develops a special interest in materials, spatial experience and narrative. His relationship with architecture begun with hand tools on building sites having grown up in an environment of historical restoration of vernacular architecture in Portugal. His in-depth knowledge of making and crafting influences his approach to teaching and the style of his architectural propositions.

Since joining Brookes University, Ricardo has successfully established an interdisciplinary collaborations with the school of Arts through the student led pavilion design project as part of the campus redevelopment. Ricardo is module leader for Material Research and Design, Advanced Architectural Technology, Architecture and Society and Design Practice. He also teaches with Johan Hybschmann, Matthew Springett in the Architectural Design Unit E and with Andrea Placidi and Orit Sarfati in the Interior Architectural program. Previously he taught with Sara Shafiei and Aleksandrina Rizova in the undergraduate degree as well as Nasser Golzari and Yara Sharif in the MarchD program.

Ricardo's PhD by design research titled: Mind Tool and Matter - Material Morphogenesis in Architectural Design Processes, aims to determine the possibilities and constraints of working with bamboo (specifically Guadua) through digital design and fabrication tools for architectural scaled applications. The research inquires through traditional and contemporary tools of design and fabrication as well as the intellectual and practical processes involved in making.