Cristina Cerulli
  • Cover of ‘Come and Collaborate’ with me book
    Cover of ‘Come and Collaborate’ with me book
  • Setting up a new community edible garden
    Setting up a new community edible garden
  • Group photo of Studio 8 Housing + participants (2009)
    Group photo of Studio 8 Housing + participants (2009)
  • poster of WAVE, IUAV (Venice) where agency run the 3 week workshop ‘Taking Part’
    poster of WAVE, IUAV (Venice) where agency run the 3 week workshop ‘Taking Part’
  • Cover of Portland Works Alternative Business Plan
    Cover of Portland Works Alternative Business Plan
  • Cover of book Estate
    Cover of book Estate
  • Speech at Re-Coefficient Dinner by Grizedale Arts, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (2010)
    Speech at Re-Coefficient Dinner by Grizedale Arts, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (2010)
  • 16 Hallamgate, Community Edible Garden
    16 Hallamgate, Community Edible Garden
  • Case Studies of Community Developed/Managed/Procured Facilities
    Case Studies of Community Developed/Managed/Procured Facilities
  • Official visit to HIT, Harbin, China
    Official visit to HIT, Harbin, China
  • Endorsement for Portland Works Project
    Endorsement for Portland Works Project
  • Walkley Micro-allotment Project
    Walkley Micro-allotment Project
  • RIBA debate The Future for Architects, Manchester
    RIBA debate The Future for Architects, Manchester
  • 16 Hallamgate Community Edible Garden / Micro-Allotments Network
    16 Hallamgate Community Edible Garden / Micro-Allotments Network
  • Handling tiger cub, near Harbin, China
    Handling tiger cub, near Harbin, China
  • First Crop from 16 Hallamgate Community Edible Garden
    First Crop from 16 Hallamgate Community Edible Garden
  • reimagining Portland Works book cover
    reimagining Portland Works book cover

PhD, Laurea (BA+MArch), MSc, CiLT

My work is underpinned by a strong commitment to rebalancing the normative culture of the architectural profession and education through challenging and questioning established norms. Critical Management and Social Innovation as a model for diversifying practice is a central feature of my current activities, through knowledge transfer, professional practice, teaching & research. My approach is intrinsically collaborative, trans-disciplinary and co-operative.

Administrative Roles

Member of the University of Sheffield Careers Advisory Board (appointed by Senate).

Director of Internationalisation - I work with colleagues to develop inclusive curricula and teaching events that draw attention to issues of diversity. I am the academic point of contact for all international students and act as champion for international students across the School.

Erasmus and Study Abroad Departmental Coordinator

Departmental English Language Support Coordinator

Member of the Departmental Ethics Committee

Postgraduate Admissions Selector

Teaching Activities

I am regularly involved in designing, preparing, co-ordinating and delivering modules to a range of students on different UG and PGT courses, exploring a range of approaches to L&T.

I currently teach in the MArch (Live Project) and in the MA in Urban Design and MA in Planning and Urban Design (Urban Design Studio and Reflections on Urban Design Practice). I also supervise doctoral students and UG/PG dissertation students.

I have developed, between 2005 and 2011, an innovative curriculum in architectural management and practice, which includes Social Innovation and Community Led forms of procurement. These curriculum developments, recognised with a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in 2009, are still unique in the UK context.

Research Interests

My approach to research is intrinsically collaborative, trans-disciplinary and co-operative. As a result my research focuses on several strands evolved through collaborations with colleagues across disciplines from several universities and with communities and groups within and around my projects.

A major area of interest that underpins all my work is Critical Management and Social Innovation as a model for diversifying practice. From setting up the Social Enterprise Research Exchange (SERX) within the University of Sheffield (now evolved into the Social Innovation Programme in USE (University of Sheffield Enterprise), to setting up my own architectural practice as a social enterprise (Studio Polpo), to pushing the social enterprise agenda within MArch management teaching.

A further strand of my research focuses on Emergent systems and Complexity in relation to society and design. The EPSRC funded Emerging Sustainability project, in particular, looks at sustainability as an emergent property of complex systems in the context of self-organised community initiatives and processes.

Another strand of research, stemming from my doctoral thesis, focuses on epistemological aspects of design processes and practices. I am interested, in particular, in knowledge creation and sharing, learning and innovation within design organizations and construction projects.

I am also interested in community led housing development models and shared models of living and `alternative´ and creative forms of management and procurement.

Grants, Awards, & Consultancy

RESEARCH GRANTS
I have obtained funding from a variety of sources including research councils (EPSRC), EU (Culture 2007), TUoS and the Department of Health.

  • RHYZOM, Culture 2007 (with Agency research centre), overall budget: €380,000, Sheffield budget: €45,000 (awarded 2008)
  • Principal Investigator in the "EmergeNET" Network Project, funded under the EPSRC Emergence Ideas Factory. Duration 48 months, FEC 9,429.60, RC Contribution 7,543.68 (awarded 2007)
  • Co-investigator in the "Emerging Sustainability" Project, funded under the EPSRC Emergence Ideas Factory. Duration 24 months, FEC 458,934.30, RC Contribution 377,814.24 (awarded 2007) (PI Dr. Sarah Bell, UCL; other CO-Is Dr A. Espinosa, Hull Business School, Prof. F. Griffith, Warwick University, Dr. A. Heppenstall, University of Leeds, Dr. Robin Durie, Exeter University)
  • Intervening in Informal Settlements – project funded by Emerging Sustainability Project, through UCL £1,950
  • Funding for a Research Assistant under the Women Academic Returners´ Programme (WARP), University of Sheffield. Duration 6 months, £13,000. (awarded 2006)
  • Co-Investigator on IDEAS 2 Project funded by Department of Health. Principal Investigator Prof. B. Lawson. Duration 1st September 2006 to 31st May 2007.
  • "Beyond ADS: transferring Knowledge to the industrial collaborators" EPSRC funding for one year [2001-2] under the program Research Associate Industrial Secondment [RIAS]. Amount £30,126.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER GRANTS

  • Reimaging Portland Works [Partner Little Sheffield Development Trust) KT Rapid Response GRANT, TUoS £ 9,500.00 (awarded 2010) [RAs: Julia Udall, Jordan J. Lloyd, Charlotte Morgan].
  • • Community Developed Housing (with Dr T. Schneider) [partner: 00:// architects], KT Rapid Response grant, TUoS £ 9,764.00 (awarded 2010) [RA: Alastair Parvin].

LEARNING AND TEACHING DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

  • Grant to support teaching activities as part of Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, £3,000 (awarded 2009). Establishing a collaborative approach to learning and teaching, IBL GRANT, CILASS, TUOS (with Dr. Tatjana Schneider), £4,070 (awarded 2009).
  • Being Enterprising for the Socially Minded: the Opportunities of Social Enterprise; TUOS Skills Training Development Grant (STDG), £4280 (awarded 2008).
  • Integrating critical pedagogy into the `Theory Forum´, IBL GRANT, CILASS, TUOS (with Agency research centre), £3,930 (awarded 2009) with Agency colleagues (Peter Blundell Jones, Prue Chiles, Florian Kossak, Renata Tyszczuk, Doina Petrescu, Tatjana Schneider and Stephen Walker); the project aimed to integrate Inquiry Based Learning into the Theory Forum (TF), through the theoretical framework of critical pedagogy.
  • Reflections on Architectural Practice: Open-ended and student-defined learning experiences, IBL GRANT, CILASS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grant (£ 4,290) (awarded 2008)
  • Improving communication between parties in construction design processes: a platform for the development of architecture students Learning and Teaching Development Grant Scheme, University of Sheffield. amount £4,278. (awarded 2006).
  • Developing Enterprise Skills within the Architecture Curriculum, White Rose Centre for Enterprise; funding for 18 months. Amount £15,000 (awarded 2005); Developed and designed teaching material and learning activities to promote generic enterprise skills, with a focus on communication.

AWARDS

  • Senate Awards Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (‘Rising Stars’ category, 2009). The award came with a grant of £2000 to be spent on learning and teaching activities which support Departments and the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategies plus a personal cash prize of £1000.
  • Studio Polpo, the social enterprise architecture practice I co-founded and direct, recently won an invited competition for a “new exchange programme for talented emerging architects between the UK and Finland for 2012” organised by the Architecture Foundation, along with the Finnish Institute in London and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Studio Polpo is one of three UK practices to represent UK in the programme and has been invited to host and take part in events in UK and Finland.
  • Studio Polpo was awarded a £3,000 Innovation Voucher by Yorkshire Forward to develop a framework to effectively articulate the social return on investment (SROI) of its projects.
  • Studio Polpo was also the recipient of three grants from Sheffield City Council, under their Climate Change Fund, to support urban agriculture and community gardening projects initiated.
  • Studio Polpo, received a UnLtd Award (funded by the Millennium Commission), to support its start-up costs as a social enterprise- Value £3,500 (2008)
  • I was awarded an EPSRC Research Associate Industrial Secondment [RIAS], with funding for one year ( Amount £30,126), 2001-2002.
  • Dip Arch thesis on Virtual Exhibition Spaces awarded distinction plus honorary publication of thesis by the University of Florence ("lode e dignita´ di pubblicazione"), 1999
Professional Standing & Distinctions

I have been invited to speak on a number of occasions by academic and professional institutions for research, specialist and lay audiences in relation to my research, teaching and professional practice. Invitations from international academic and cultural institutions include the Kunst Halle, Graatz, the Universities of Florence and Venice (IUAV), the KTH in Stockholm and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. Recent invitations include:

  • Invited talk at the Museum of Finnish Architecture about Studio Polpo’s work in relation to “Cities and Water” in the context of “exchange programme for talented emerging architects between the UK and Finland for 2012” organised by the Architecture Foundation, along with the Finnish Institute in London and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. (February 2012)
  • Invited talk to the Futures North conference (Co-operative Conference for Northern England) to talk about Portland Works Community Share Issue -November 2011
  • Keynote Speaker at the 2011 China-UK-Korea Trilateral Conference in Design Education: Architectural Design Studio Teaching in the Media Era, Harbin Institute of Technology (China) – September 2011
  • Invited lecture on Establishing Activist Reseach in Academia: the Portland Works Project. at Harbin Institute of Technology (China) – September 2011
  • Invited talk, workshop and plenary session speaker at “Dare to be Different” conference on Social Enterprise in Higher Education organised by HEFCE and UnLtd – June 2011
  • Invited panellist to the debate ‘The Future for Architects?’ organised by RIBA Building Futures, RIBA Hub, Portland Street, Manchester (chaired by Dickon Robinson, Building Futures / Chair).- June 2011
  • Invited speaker to ‘Social Enterprise - Lessons for Architects’ Symposium organised by Architecture Sans Frontieres-UK – April 2011
  • Invited speaker, with Martin Field, at the symposium Long Term Economics Issues and the Green Built Environment: Risk, Investment, the Future, Discounting, Intergenerational Equity, organised by the .Green Economics Institute at Oxford University.
  • Invited panellists to the 'Live Q&A: How to build a career in architecture' organised by The Guardian/ Careers.- April 2011
  • Invited panellist for discussion and film screenings session at This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG) festival, part of Estate book launch- October, 2010
  • Invited speaker at art project/performance Re-Coefficient Dinner, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. organised by Grizedale Arts, as a contemporary take on the Fabian Society Coefficients Dining Club, to bring together establishment figures and thinkers to discuss social reforms – April 2010
Publications

Books - in Print

Alastair Parvin et al., 2011. A Right To Build: The next mass-housebuilding industry, London, UK: 00:/.

Cerulli, C., Schneider, T. & Towle, A. eds., 2011. Come and Collaborate with Me, Sheffield: PAR.

Cerulli, C. & Udall, J., 2011. Re-imagining Portland Works, Antenna Press.

Books – in Press

Cerulli, C., 2012. Action and Reaction: Rethinking Management and Practice Teaching for Architecture Students, Sheffield: Antenna Press.

Cerulli, C. & Udall, J. eds., 2012. Taking Control: Case Studies of Collectively Conceived and Produced Community Facilities, Sheffield: Antenna Press.5.6.1

Book Chapters – in Print

Cerulli, Cristina, 2010. What now? Reflections on what public housing has been and could become. In A. L. Zimmerman & Johansson, eds. Estate. London: Myrtle Press.

Cristina Cerulli, 2010. Mutually, Commonly. In Doina Petrescu, Constantin Petcou, & Nishat Awan, eds. TRANS LOCAL ACT Cultural Practices Within and Across. aaa/peprav, pp. 287-298.

Cristina Cerulli et al., 2010. Agencies of Live Projects by Agency. In Doina Petrescu, Constantin Petcou, & Nishat Awan, eds. TRANS LOCAL ACT Cultural Practices Within and Across. aaa/peprav, pp. 287-298.

Cerulli, C. & Holder, A., 2009. Acting from the bottom up: Stories of designers and communities. In Fiona Hackney, Jonathan Glynne, & Viv Minton, eds. Networks of Design. Universal-Publishers, pp. 29-34. Cerulli, C., 2006. Sieving Pebbles and Growing Profiles: Capitalising on Knowledge Embodied in Design Practice. In Innovations in Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 277-291.

Cerulli, C. & Matsumoto, I., 2003. Knowledge capture and knowledge management. In Teamwork2002: Solutions for collaborative working in construction and FM. London: Virtual First Ltd.

Book Chapters - In Press

Cristina Cerulli, 2012. Becoming Empowered to Act: How Architecture students are changing their praxes. In Arjen Wals & Peter Blaze Corcoran, eds. Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change. Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Cristina Cerulli & Anna Holder, 2012. Propagation of Praxes of Social Innovation in the Creative and Cultural Industries: Knowledge Sharing through Event-based and Spatial Networks. In Giep Hagoort, A. Thomassen, & R. Kooyman, eds. The Entrepreneurial Principles of the Cultural and Creative industries. Publishing House Eburon (in cooperation with the University of Chicago Press).

Cristina Cerulli, 2011. Researching Cohousing: What research is useful for understanding’s CoH’s place in the UK? In Martin Field, ed. CoHousing : a Diggers & Dreamers Review, 2011. Diggers & Dreamers.

Refereed Journals – in Print

Cerulli, C. & Kossak, F., 2009. Agency and the Praxis of Activism (Editorial) C. Cerulli & F. Kossak, eds. field: Agency and the Praxis of Activism, 3, 1-4.

Kanes Weisman, L., Cerulli, C. & Kossak, F., 2009. Educator, Activist, Politician C. Cerulli & F. Kossak, eds. field: Agency and the Praxis of Activism, 3, 7-20.

Cerulli, C. & Holder, A., 2008. Stereotypes and prototypes of the design entrepreneur: Rebranding, and banding together. Re-Public, (special issue)..

Cerulli, C., 2007. A Journey Towards a Participatory Approach in Knowledge Management and Intra-Project Learning in Construction Design Practices. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management.

Cerulli, C., 2007. Developing Low Cost Knowledge Management Strategies for Architectural and Engineering Practices. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 7, 17-26.

Cerulli, C., 2006. Towards a Framework for Knowledge Management and Learning across Projects in Construction Design Processes: The ADS and K-Man Prototypes. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 5(3), 29-37.

Cerulli, C., 2006. A Journey towards a Participatory Approach in Knowledge Management and Intra-Project Learning in Construction Design Practices. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management.

Cooper, G. et al., 2005. Tracking Decision-Making During Architectural Design. , 10(Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITCON)), 125-139.
Cerulli, C., 1998. Developing 3D exhibitions online. Papers from the Cultural Grid Content and Connections Conference, 5(1), 39-46.

Refereed Journals – in Press

Cristina Cerulli & Anna Holder, 2011. An Inquiry into Initiating Architecture. , 65(1).

Cristina Cerulli & Martin Field, 2011. Finding a blueprint for a green future in mutual housing models. International Journal of Green Economics (IJGE), 6 2011.

Cristina Cerulli & Sarah Bell, 2011. The Emergence of Community Gardens. Emergence: Complexity & Organization An International Transdisciplinary Journal of Complex Social Systems, (Special Issue: Emerging Sustainability).

Cristina Cerulli et al. eds., 2011. Emerging Sustainability, Editorial. Emergence: Complexity & Organization An International Transdisciplinary Journal of Complex Social Systems, (Special Issue: Emerging Sustainability).Cerulli, C., 2012. Architects of a Deeper Green: beyond Environmental Sustainability in Architecture. International Journal of Green Economics (IJGE), 5(1), 61-66.

Cerulli, C., 2012. Breeding Graduates of a Deeper Green: Rethinking Professional Skills. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

Cerulli, C. & Care, L., 2012. Learning sensitive healthcare facility design through live projects. The International Journal of Design Principles and Practices.

Cerulli, C., 2012. Modes, Models, Strategies and Tactics for the anaging Proactive Architectural Praxis. The International Journal of the Constructed Environment.

Refereed Conference Papers – in Print/Press

Cristina Cerulli & Julia Udall, 2011. Collective Production and Action: the Re-imagining Portland Works Project. In ISBE 2011 Conference - 34th ISBE Conference Sustainable Futures: Enterprising Landscapes and Communities. Sheffield, UK. Alastair Parvin et al., 2010. User-Developed Housing: a 21st century Evolution in how we make houses. In Housing in an Era of Change. HOUSING STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, SPRING 2010. York: Housing Studies Association.

Cerulli, C., 2010. Architects of a Deeper Green: beyond Environmental Sustainability in Architecture. In Green Economics and Green Jobs. 5th Annual Green Economics Conference The Age of Global Transformation The Age of Green Economics. Mansfield College, Oxford: Green Economics Institute.

Cerulli, C., 2010. Housing with Joie de Vivre: Mutual Production Models for Sustainable Futures. In Green Economics and Green Jobs. 5th Annual Green Economics Conference The Age of Global Transformation The Age of Green Economics. Mansfield College, Oxford: Green Economics Institute.

Cerulli, C., 2010. LEARNING TO WORK IN NETWORKS: Episodes of Social Entrepreneurship in Architecture. In 2ndINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH CONFERENCEPARTNERSHIPS, HYBIRDS AND NETWORKS. Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Cerulli, C., 2010. Transformative Knowledge Production: the case of Re-imagining Portland Works KT Project. In 2ndINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH CONFERENCEPARTNERSHIPS, HYBIRDS AND NETWORKS. Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Cerulli, C. & Holder, A., 2008. Acting from the bottom up: Stories of designers and communities. In Networks of Design. Falmouth, UK: Brownwalker Press.

Ridgway, K. et al., 2008. Designing the Factory of the Future. In 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics jointly with 12th International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing (HAAMAHA). Las Vegas, USA.

Cerulli, C., 2006. Accessible and Affordable Knowledge Management for Construction Design Practices. In GBEN 2006: Global built environment: towards an integrated approach for sustainability. Preston, UK.

Cerulli, C., 2006. Exclusion, Privacy and Giggles: in Search for Mothering Spaces in the City. In Sensi/able Spaces: Space, Art and the Environment. Reykjavík, Iceland: University of Iceland.

Cerulli, C., 2006. Negotiating [Urban] Spaces/ Emotionally Mapping Free Running. In Sensi/able Spaces: Space, Art and the Environment. Reykjavík, Iceland: University of Iceland.

Cerulli, C., 2006. Sieving Pebbles and Growing Profiles: Capitalising On Knowledge Embodied In Design Practice. In 8th International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning -. Heeze, The Netherlands: Springer.

Cerulli, C., 2006. Supporting the decision making process for eco residential refurbishment: a consumer perspective. In GBEN 2006: Global built environment: towards an integrated approach for sustainability. Preston, UK.

Cerulli, C., 2005. Towards a Framework for Knowledge Management and Learning across Projects in Construction Design Processes: The ADS and K-Man Prototypes. In The Fifth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. Rhodes, GR: Common Ground.

Cerulli, C., 2002. Tools for Design Decision Support: the ADS Prototype and its Successors. In DSIage2002 Decision Making & Decision Support in the Internet Age, Doctoral Research Consortium. Cork, Ireland, pp. 64-73.

Cerulli, C., Peng, C. & Lawson, B., 2002. Design Rationale and Information Management in the Construction Domain: the outcome of the ADS Project and suggestions for future research. In Design Research Society - Common Ground Conference. London.

Cerulli, C., Peng, C. & Lawson, B., 2002. Design Rationale and Project Information Sharing in the Construction Domain: the Outcome of the ADS Project and Suggestions for Future Research. In eSM@RT 2002 - European Conference on Information and Communication Technology Advances and Innovation in the Knowledge Society. Slaford: University of Salford, pp. 281-288.

Cerulli, C., Peng, C. & Lawson, B., 2001. Capturing Histories of Design Processes for Collaborative Building Design Development: Field Trial of the ADS Prototype. In CAAD Futures. Eindhoven, The Netherlands: Eindhoven University of Technology,

Cooper, G. et al., 2001. CAD-Based Trials of an API for Decision Support. In Construction Information Technology CIB W78. Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Cooper, G. et al., 2000. A CAD-Based Decision Support System for the Design Stage of a Construction Project. In 5th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. Nijkerk.

Peng, C. et al., 2000. Recording and Managing Design Decision-Making Processes through an Object-Oriented Framework. In 5th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. Nijkerk.

Cerulli, C., 1999. Exploiting the potential of 3D navigable virtual exhibition spaces. In Archives and museum informatics: Museums and the Web 1999. New Orleans. Available at: http://www.archimuse.com/mw99/papers/cerulli/cerulli.html.

Non-Refereed Abstracts, Reports & other Publications – in Print

Cerulli, C. & Udall, J., 2011. Alternative Futures for Portland Works, Antenna Press. Box Set containing Re-Imagining Portland Works book, business plan, business audit, diagrams, community share issue offer and films).

Julia Udall & Cristina Cerulli, 2010. Re-Imagining Portland Works:
Knowlegde Transfer Workshop Report, Sheffield: School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. Available at: www.portlandworks.ac.uk.

Matt Risby, 2010. Re-imagining Portland Works, Sheffield, UK: Quick Sand Studios. (film).

Alastair Parvin et al., 2010. USER PROVIDED HOUSING: A 21st Century Industrial Revolution in Housing, Architecture 00:/ and University of Sheffield.

C Ryan et al., 2006. New ASPECT on Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Design.

Cerulli, C., 2006. DESIGNING (VIRTUAL) PLACES: bringing architectural design principles into virtual reality research.

Cerulli, C., 2004. Supporting the Knowledge Management of Design Decision Making In Architecture. PhD Thesis. University of Sheffield, School of Architecture.

Cerulli, C., 1998. Prototipo di Ambiente Espostivo Virtuale. Tesi di Laurea (MArch thesis). Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di processi e Metodi Della Produzione Edilizia, Facolta' di Architettura.