Portsmouth School of Architecture


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Heather Coleman

  • Qualifications: MA, BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2009
  • Email: heather.coleman@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1991 and lectured in the School of Art, Design and Performance before coming to the School of Architecture in 2008. I currently teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture and Interior Design courses, primarily in the area of contextual, historical and theoretical studies. I am the Dissertation co-ordinator for the School of Architecture and I also co-ordinate the Thesis project for Masters students in Interior Design, Urban Design, Sustainable Architecture and Historic Buildings Conservation.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Unit Co-ordinator of the Thesis Unit for the following Masters courses: MA Interior Design, MA Urban Design, MA Sustainable Architecture, MSc Historic Buildings Conservation
  • Unit Co-ordinator of Level 6 Dissertation Unit for BA Architecture and BA Interior Architecture and Design
  • Unit Co-ordinator of Level 5 History and Theory of Interior Design Unit for BA Interior Architecture and Design
  • Studio Tutor for Level 4: BA Architecture

Other Roles in the School of Architecture

  • Timetabling Co-ordinator: Academic
  • Library Liaison Officer
  • BA2 Field Trip Co-ordinator

University Roles and Committees

  • CCi Academic Staff Representative on University Quality Assurance Committee
  • CCi Faculty Representative on University Library Committee
  • School of Architecture Representative on CCi Faculty Library Committee


My research interests include museology and spatial theory, public and site-specific art, cross-cultural consumption and twentieth century interior design histories. My pedagogic research is focused on the role of the image in student research and the role and value of visual research, observation and experience in the teaching of design history.

  • Current research project: 'Doing more with less' – using primary sources to enhance learning. This project evaluates learning and teaching strategies that encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the relationship between information and knowledge by prioritising visual research and inquiry based learning.

Research profile

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