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Theodora Bowering

Theodora Bowering

PhD Student in Architecture

Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Supervisor: Dr Max Sternberg


Biography:

Theodora Bowering is an architect, Gates Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Centre for Urban Conflict Research (UCR) at the Department of Architecture. Her doctoral research, ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of older people in East London’, investigates everyday experiences of ageing within the civic spaces of cities, looking specifically at the London Borough of Newham.

Theodora is the recipient of a 2017 Future Cities PhD Fellowship from the Department of Land Economy and co-editor of the twenty-sixth issue of ‘Scroope’, The Cambridge Architecture Journal, on the theme of apologia. In 2017–18 academic year Theodora will convene a CRASSH seminar series, ‘Ageing and the city: everyday experiences of older people in urban environments’, in collaboration with the Institute for Public Health and Department of Land Economy. She also supervises the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part I) course ‘The Architecture of Housing’ and BA dissertations, as well as acting as a critic for BA, MAUD and MAUS presentations. Theodora is currently a co-convener of the UCR’s PhD and Early-Career Workshop ‘Doing Architectural Research: Socio-political Perspectives on Theories, Methodologies and Praxis’ to be held in Cambridge in June 2017. Additionally, she runs Petite Pecha Kucha events for graduate students within the department.

Before beginning her PhD, Theodora completed the Masters in Architecture and Urban Studies in the Department of Architecture at Cambridge. Theodora’s professional architectural education was at the University of Sydney, where she gained a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons I) and Bachelor of Science (Architecture). She has also been a registered architect in NSW, Australia (RAIA) since 2013.

Theodora has worked for over six years in architectural practice, in Sydney and London, on residential, heritage and public buildings, from concept and detail design through to contract administration and office management. Additionally, she has four years’ design and communications studio tutoring and lecturing experience in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sydney. She has also been a volunteer and continuing instructor for the Taoist Tai Chi Society for over twelve years, and leads a weekly class at Newnham College.

Selected conference papers and presentations:
2017 – ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of older people in East London’, PhD Symposium, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
2016 – ‘Betty’s Story – Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of older people in East London’, Mobility, Mood and Place: Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
2016 – ‘The Flint House’, Petite Pecha Kucha, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
2016 – ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of older people in East London’, PhD Symposium, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
2015 – ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of the elderly in East London’, Mature Graduates Conference, University of Cambridge
2015 – ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of the elderly in East London’, ArcXchange: Cross-disciplinary Architecture Conference, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
2015 – ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of the elderly in East London’, UCL Cities Stadkolloquium
2014 – ‘Ageing and the city: urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of the elderly in East London’, Newnham Graduate Conference, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Invited talks:
2016 – ‘Ageing and the City’, Moscow Architecture Biennale, Moscow
2016 – ‘Ageing in the London Borough of Newham’, Oxford University Geography Undergraduates, London

Research interests:
Ageing, cities, architecture, urbanism, civic space, marginalisation, exclusion, isolation, loneliness, accessibility, mobility, visibility, health

Key publications:
2017 – ‘That’s just the way it is’: ageing and assemblages of civic space in East London’, in Music for Masterplanning, Duman, A. (ed.), 2017 (forthcoming).
2015 – ‘The Future of Civic Spaces: Ageing and the City: Urban resilience and sociospatial marginalisation of the elderly in East London’, ILC-UK Blog, November 2015 [http://blog.ilcuk.org.uk/2015/11/30/guest-blog-theo-bowering-university-of-cambridge-department-of-architecture-the-future-of-civic-spaces/].

Awards and scholarships
2017 – Future Cities PhD Prize Fellowship, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge – http://www.crerc.landecon.cam.ac.uk/future-cities/future-cities-phd-prize-fellows
2015 – Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge
2014 – Newnham College and Newton Trust Award, University of Cambridge
2006 – Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning Alumni Prize, University of Sydney; Architecture Honours Dissertation ‘Cloven’ (Equal First), University of Sydney
2005 – Ethel M Chettle Prize in Architecture, University of Sydney