Dr Alison Pooley

MArch Programme Leader

Prior to teaching at CAT Alison was in architectural practice for several years, before which she worked as a housing officer in East London; an experience which led her to want to retrain and study architecture. She returned to teach at CAT in 2021 after working as Deputy Head of School at Anglia Ruskin University's School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Alison is the Programme Leader for the M.Arch in Sustainable Architecture. She first started teaching at CAT in 2003, on the old MSc Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies programme, and went on to develop the Professional Diploma in Architecture (Part 2) in 2008.

Prior to teaching at CAT Alison was in architectural practice for several years, before which she worked as a housing officer in East London; an experience which led her to want to retrain and study architecture. After leaving CAT in 2012 Alison taught at Anglia Ruskin University within the school of Engineering and the Built Environment and was most recently Deputy Head of School with responsibility for the architecture and planning courses. As well as teaching at CAT, Alison is a trustee of three local housing charities, including her local Community Land Trust. Her current research is focused on forms of housing that address the future needs of an ageing population, bringing her professional practice full circle to address the imperative of housing inequality.

Alison completed her PhD exploring learning, transformation, and environmental responsibility with the UK construction industry at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Qualifications

PhD, Cardiff University

PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2 exemption)

BSc (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1 exemption)

Teaching Activities:

M.Arch in Sustainable Architecture

Research Interests:

Resilience and community – social and supported housing

Older people and the built environment – technology, design, and urban landscapes

Transformative learning – strategies for transformation and environmental change

Design challenges and behavioural change – learning through the built environment

Selected Publications:

Pannell, J. and Pooley, A. (2020). Resilience and Community: models of housing for an ageing population. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust

Osei, G and Pooley, A and Pascale, F (2020) A Community-Driven Nature-Based Design Framework for the Regeneration of Neglected Urban Public Spaces.   In:  Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design. Selected Proceedings from the International Conference of Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) 2019.  Springer, Cham, pp. 65-81.

Luciano, A and Pascale, F and Polverino, F and Pooley, A (2020) Measuring Age-Friendly Housing: A Framework.  Sustainability, 12 (3).  p. 848.  ISSN 2071-1050

Futcher, J and Pascale, F and Pooley, A and Francis, Sally-Anne (2019) Current Uptake of Technology Related to the Built Environment to Support Older Adults to Live Independently in Their Community.  Urban Planning, 4 (2).   ISSN 2183-7635

Luciano, A and Pascale, F and Polverino, F and Pooley, A (2018) Improving ageing resilience of current and future housing.  In: 42nd IAHS World Congress: The housing for the dignity of mankind, Naples, Italy.

Pooley, A and Brown, A (2017) The Almshouse Reimagined: challenging students in creating community.  In: PLEA 2017: Design to Thrive, 3-6 July 2017, Edinburgh, UK.

Pooley, A (2017) Things Change: Exploring Transformational Experiences Within the UK Construction Industry.   In:  Building Information Modelling, Building Performance, Design and Smart Construction.   Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 223-240.  ISBN 978-3-319-50345-5