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Dr Brent Carnell

Dr Brent Carnell

Principal Teaching Fellow

UCL Arena Centre

VP: Education

Joined UCL
1st May 2010

Research summary

My research interests are diverse and multi-disciplinary. Most recently my work focuses on the intersection of research-based education and the holistic university physical environment. I lead a small research project looking at research-based education and learning spaces, both within and beyond traditional settings. My other research agenda measures the impact of Connected Curriculum (the institution's research-based education strategy). Former research has focused on the themes of improving the student experience, peer assessment, researcher development, social justice and equality, minorities and diversity in space.

My doctoral research (completed in 2013) was situated at the intersection of gender studies, queer theory, geographies of sexualities, and architectural history. The work focuses on the production of domestic space. It employed a feminist, queer theorised and political approach to architectural history, specifically by focusing on sexual minorities’ experiences of domesticity in London. Publications in this area are under my previous surname (Pilkey), while education-focused research is published under Carnell. 

Teaching summary

I currently coordinate BARC0098 Architectural Research III  a third year undergraduate module on the BSc Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies programme. In this module students have nine months to conduct rigorous independent research on a subject relevant to the built environment and write a substantial book chapter, with plenty of peer and tutor support. In The Bartlett, I also play a role on the Part 3 programme (Module 1). Each year I supervise a small number of Masters of Architecture (MArch) fifth-year dissertation students. In 2016 my supervisee, Robin Farmer, received a dissertation medal commendation from The Royal Institute of British Architects, for his work, A flâneur’s guide to boystown: Performativity, pride and place. I am also a supervisor for two PhD projects, both on Learning Spaces - one in The Bartlett School of Architecture (second supervisor), and another at University College Cork (adjunct supervisor). 

I also teach and assess on all levels of UCL Arena, our Higher Education Academy accredited education development programme for educators and those who support teaching.

Education

University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2017
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2015
Institute of Education
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 | 2015
Institute of Education
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 | 2014
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow | 2014
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
University of Toronto
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2009
University of Toronto
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 2008
Fanshawe College
First Degree, Diplom | 2005

Biography

I am a Principal Teaching Fellow, based in both The Arena Centre for Research-based Education, and The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. At the Arena Centre I lead on the UCL Connected Curriculum, UCL's distinct approach to research-based education. I support education development in The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. I teach on UCL Arena Two, the staff development programme for educators. And I conduct education-focused research. 

At The Bartlett School of Architecture I am the Director of Education (secondment) and I coordinate a third-year undergraduate module, Architectural Research III, a full and final-year module on the BSc Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies programme. 

Publications