Portsmouth School of Architecture


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Dr Karen Fielder

  • Qualifications: FHEA, PhD, MA, PG Dip, BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2103
  • Email: karen.fielder@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I joined Portsmouth as a Lecturer in 2012 following a career in the heritage sector. I have a Doctorate in architectural history awarded by the University of Southampton in 2012, funded by an AHRC collaborative doctoral studentship with the National Trust. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University and an MA in Museum Studies from University College London. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to arriving at Portsmouth, I worked in various curatorial roles, including at the Museum of London and the National Trust, and also as a Historic Buildings Advisor for Essex County Council. I have undertaken freelance curatorial work as well as consultancy in architectural history research. My research interests include past and present approaches to altering historic buildings, and the experiential and sensory qualities of historic places.

I co-ordinate the MSc in Historic Building Conservation, and I am a member of the School’s Research Degrees Committee.

I am a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for Portsmouth Cathedral.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinator, MSc Historic Building Conservation
  • Lecturer and Tutor, MA/MSc programmes
  • Studio Tutor, BA Interior Architecture and Design (Year 1)
  • Tutor, BA Architecture and BA Interior Architecture and Design (Unit 320, Year 3 dissertation)


My research interests include historical and contemporary approaches to altering historic buildings and landscapes, and how ideas of historical significance inform these interventions. I am also interested in the experiential qualities of historic places, in particular how the experience of intangible qualities of absence and loss contribute to our responses to them.



Research profile

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