Dr Amparo Tarazona Vento


Room number: D26a
Telephone (internal): 26924
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6924
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6924
Email: A.Tarazona-Vento@sheffield.ac.uk


I have a multidisciplinary perspective on the built environment, with degrees and professional experience covering architecture, urban design, planning, urban sociology and political economy. I qualified as an architect and urban planner in Spain following postgraduate level studies at the Technical University of Valencia. I also hold an MA in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University, the equivalent to an MPhil in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Madrid, and a PhD in Planning Studies from UCL.

Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I practised as an architect for several years. I also worked for the Superior Council for Scientific Research in Madrid, where I was involved in the elaboration of the Spanish Building Code.

After completing my PhD, I was an Urban Studies Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

I joined the Department of Urban Studies and Planning as a Lecturer in September 2018.


My research brings together my interests in architecture, urban design and planning, with my interests in questions of power and decision-making. It investigates the contested politics of urban regeneration and the political economy of urbanisation and city-making, placing special focus on the analysis of the meanings, symbolisms and narratives attached to architecture and urban space. I am particularly interested in the political mobilisation of the symbolism of iconic architecture, and on the contribution of grassroots politics to place making.


Currently I teach on the following modules:

  • TRP6423 - Principles of Urban Design
  • TRP215 - International Field Class: Urban Growth and Design
  • TRP473/673 - Mega urban projects for the future city

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Tarazona Vento A (2017) Madrid: the making of a global city-region and the role of the suburbs. In Phelps NA (ed.) Old Europe, New Suburbanization? Governance, Land, and Infrastructure in European Suburbanization (University of Toronto Press), pp. 18-40.
  • Phelps N & Tarazona Vento A (2015) Suburban governance in Western Europe. In Hamel P & Keil R (eds.) Suburban Governance: A Global View. (University of Toronto Press), pp. 155-176.

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