Jo Lintonbon

Dr Jo Lintonbon


MA(Cantab) Dip Arch, PhD, Registered Architect

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I read architecture at Cambridge and Sheffield, gaining my Diploma in Architecture (with Distinction) in 1997. I was awarded the H K Stephenson Fellowship in Architecture by the University of Sheffield and completed my doctoral thesis in 2002.

Between 2001 and 2003 I was a visiting lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, where I taught urban design, architectural drawing and design studio for the MEng in Architecture.

I spent five years in professional practice from 2003 and worked as a design tutor here at Sheffield in the first year undergraduate studio. I am a registered architect and co-founder of 3xa Design.

I took up my appointment as lecturer in the School of Architecture in December 2008.

Teaching Activities

I coordinated ARC 6874 Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches until September 2018 and led an MArch design studio from 2015 to 2018.

As Director of Humanities I now lead two undergraduate lecture modules: ARC104 Humanities 2 (Architecture and Society) and ARC203 (Cultural Narratives: Dialogues with history)

I have supervised 3rd year undergraduate special studies and continue to supervise MArch dissertations.

I also supervise PhD students.

Administrative Roles

I was Co-Director of MArch programme from August 2015 to August 2018.

I am now Director of Humanities (August 2018 -)

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the everyday spaces that we inhabit and the influences that affect the continual renewal and adaptation of space and place. As an architect I am interested in how and why things are made.

I work within an architectural historical framework and continue to pursue interests initiated during my research degree and informed by professional practice.

My PhD thesis considered the historical development of shop typologies and the role of commercial architecture in transforming the high street. The study charted the emergence of different forms of retailing and documented the relationships between business practice, social practices and buildings.

By reflecting on those long-term social and economic processes that have shaped our built environment, I believe we can contextualise and interpret the present. I investigate the various forces that have historically influenced or directed built form, addressing, for example, customary practices and typologies, construction, scale, ownership, finance and political agency. I am particularly interested in British urban history with the aim of better understanding the influences, powers and controls that have shaped and continue to shape our buildings and cities.

I am also interested in the relationship between conservation and regeneration and the balance that exists between the preservation of our built and cultural heritage and its remaking and renewal into viable and sustainable places. Conservation-, context- and community-led regeneration implies a sustainable approach to heritage management and I am interested in case studies that demonstrate this. Likewise, I am concerned to broaden our understanding of the interaction between conservation and design philosophies and approaches as these continue to have a significant impact on the ways in we relate to our built and cultural heritage.

My previous research project with Professor Neil Jackson (University of Liverpool) investigated the development of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. A British Academy small research grant in 2003 enabled us to explore the form and planning of the model industrial town founded by Titus Salt in the 1850s. This study Saltaire: Building Morphology and social hierarchy was shortlisted for the RIBA President's Research Awards: Outstanding University-led Research in 2006 and was published in an expanded form in 2010. More recently (2014) I have worked with Flora Samuel on the AHRC funded Cultural Value of Architecture project

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Urban history and theory of the 19th and 20th centuries, building conservation and conservation led urban regeneration, design approaches within the historic built environment.

Research Students

The following post-graduate research students have successfully completed their PhDs under my primary supervision:

Shuntaro Nozawa 2011-2015 (Completed)
Sadiq Abid 2012-2017 (Completed)
Katlego Mwale 2014-2018 (Completed)

I am primary supervisor for the following students:

Mohamad Al Taha 2014 -
Juliza Mohamad 2016 -
Zainab Murtadhawi Qanawati 2018 -
Szymon Ruszczewski 2018 -

I am second supervisor for the following students:
Ula Khalel Merie
Meryem Gurel
Nurul Mohamad

Grants, Awards and Consultancy

2013 AHRC Grant Award £50k The Cultural Value of Architecture: A Critical Review with specific reference to UK homes and neighbourhoods, (PI Samuel; CIs Awan, Butterworth, Handler, Lintonbon)

2009 Faculty Devolved Fund Grant Award (£1200): A spatial and historical analysis of the origins and impact of speculative commercial property development: a pilot study in Leeds.

2002 British Academy grant award, Saltaire: Building Morphology and social hierarchy, investigating the planning and development of Saltaire, the model industrial village in West Yorkshire. (PI Professor Neil Jackson, RA Lintonbon) Shortlisted for the RIBA President's Research Awards: Outstanding University - led Research, 2006

Professional Standing and Distinctions

ICOMOS-UK Representative on Saltaire World Heritage Site Steering Group

University Representative on Sheffield City Council Conservation Advisory Group

External Examiner at Kingston University, MSc Historic Building Conservation

I peer review for Building Research and Information Journal, have acted as an Independent Peer Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council and peer-reviewed book proposals for Routledge and Wiley.

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  • Lintonbon JC, Jackson, N & Staples, B (2010) Saltaire: The Making of a Model Town. Reading: Spire Books Ltd. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Lintonbon JC (2017) The Drive to Modernise: Remodelling Birmingham City Centre 1945-65 In Gosseye J & Avermaete T (Ed.), Shopping Town Europe: Commercial Collectivity and the Architecture of the Shopping Centre, 1945–1975 London: Bloomsbury. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lintonbon JC (2006) Designer Shopping: The Development of the department store in nineteenth century Sheffield In MacDonald S (Ed.), Materialising Sheffield: Place, Culture, Identity Sheffield: HRI online. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Lintonbon JC (2009) Identity and memory: experiencing local history through the built environment. Architectural Design and Global Difference Conference: The multiple faces of identity in the designed environment. Nottingham, 17 September 2009 - 18 September 2009. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Awan N, Samuel F, Butterworth C, Handler S & Lintonbon J (2014) AHRC Cultural Value of Architecture in Homes and Neighbourhoods Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


  • Lintonbon JC (2015) Understanding Place: Sustaining Saltaire for the future, Institute of Historic Building Conservation Yearbook, 27-29. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lintonbon JC (2012) A tectonic and architectural appraisal, Eastside Story: Westfield. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lintonbon JC (2003) Place and Space, Building Clouds, Drifiting Walls. The University of Sheffied School of Architecture Year One Design Studio: A critical appraisal. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

  • Lintonbon JC (2002) Reading Architectural History. Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Newsletter. RIS download Bibtex download