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Scholarly biography

Sue Robertson is a Principal Lecturer in architecture and urban design. She studied BSc(Hons) at the University of Bath (RIBA Part 1), a Diploma in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Central London (RIBA Part 2) and a research Masters in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway University of London.

Practice work has included the role of architect in a number of prominent practices in London, Sydney, Australia and Monterey, California. Robertson worked with Denys Lasdun for several years as project architect on large projects in London and mainland Europe, including the extension to the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. In 1994 Robertson set up her own practice, designing and completing residential and educational projects.

Since 1994, she has taught all levels of the undergraduate and postgraduate architecture courses in design and theory at Brighton and currently leads the Architectural and Urban Design MA.  Robertson is a member of the Drawing Research and Enterprise Group (DREG) and the Cities and Injustices (Cii) REG at the University of Brighton and works collaboratively across disciplines of spatial design, art, cultural geography and social science.

Robertson’s research interests and questioning of the modernist concerns with light, form, material and metaphor, from her time with Lasdun, continued in the development of her own practice. This area of research has been augmented by studying the archive of Joseph Emberton and the production of drawings for a book on Craig Ellwood.

An analysis of the multi-faceted experience of the elevated highway was the subject of Robertson’s Masters dissertation and this has led to further research into questions of urban mobility and kinaesthetics.  

Research interests

My research continues and develops the focus on architectural and urban mobilities, developing new connections between mobilities and urban infrastructures such as elevated highways (Robertson 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016), more recent publications on the relationship between, and drawn representations of urban design and mobilities in street spaces in Brighton (Robertson 2016, Murray and Robertson 2016, 2017) and ongoing work on illumination and re-construction of territorial edges through photography (forthcoming 2019). 


Supervisory Interests

My supervisory interests range across the disciplines of architecture, urban design and cultural geography, more specifically my interests include representations of architectural mobilities, histories, geographies and literatures of urban infrastructures, experiences of city spaces, urban cultural heritage.

Current supervision includes the following:

  • Jonathan Moses 'The Politics of the British Public House - Architecture, Authenticity and Everyday Enchantment' (TECHNE AHRC funded, advisor with supervision by Prof Phillip Cranng and Prof Deavid Gilbert, RHUL)
  • Alex Fitch 'Representations of Architectural Interactions in Sequential Art' (Design Star AHRC funded, lead supervisor with Dr Lesley Murray UoB and Dr David Brauner Reading University)
  • Tess Pinto 'The Politics of Conservation: How the GLC shaped London, 1965-86' (TECHNE AHRC funded, advisor with supervision by Prof David Gilbert and Dr Oli Mould, RHUL



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Research Output

Illuminating urban street (u)topias

Murray, L. & Robertson, S., 30 Oct 2019, In : Mobilities. 15, 1, p. 39-53 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Drawing mobile shared spaces: Brighton bench study

    Murray, L. & Robertson, S., 14 Feb 2017, Mobilising design. Spinner, J., Reimer, S. & Pinch, P. (eds.). London: Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Open Access
  • Between the Planned and the Lived City

    Robertson, S., 13 Sep 2016, Design innovations for contemporary interiors and civic art. Crespi, L. (ed.). USA: IGI Global, p. 139-155 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Grass in an expanding field: sensing the unmapped in Concrete Island

    Robertson, S., 25 Aug 2016, In : Literary Geographies. 2, 1, p. 31-47 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Speed and injustice at the urban edge: Havana, Cuba and Brighton, UK

    Lesley Murray (Presenter) & Susan Robertson (Presenter)

    31 May 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation