Dr Emma Nsugbe

Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Engineering and the Built Environment
Areas of Expertise:
Built environment
Courses taught:

Emma is a fully qualified architect and has many years of experience in practice working with Hopkins Architects on a number of award-winning projects.

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Emma studied architecture in Nigeria and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Bath.

During her studies at Bath, Emma was part of the Ted Happold & Frei Otto group working on the design of bridges and long span structures inspired by nature. She also worked with Snell Associates on the design of the new foyer for the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and afterwards with Fielden Clegg Bradley in Bath on the competition winning scheme for the Woodland Enterprise Centre, Flimwell.

Emma joined ARU in January 2021 and remains keen to promote innovative geometry and the fostering of close relationships between architecture and engineering.

Spoken Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Igbo
Research interests

Design in Nature, Curved Geometry, Bridge Design, Shell, Lightweight & Long Span Structures, Natural materials, stone, timber, Adobe, Clay, Brick, precast concrete, steel, glass & textile. Construction technology, mid-century Design, African Architecture and collaborative working in Architecture & Structural Engineering.

  • Design Studio B
  • PhD in Architecture, University of Bath
  • MSc & Diploma in Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture & Planning, UCL
  • BSc in Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
Recent presentations and conferences

Transformative Practices Lecture & Seminar, GSA, Johannesburg, October 2020.

Attendee IASS 2019: Form & Force, International Symposium, Barcelona, 2019.

Short presentation as part of conference: The rock hewn churches of Lasta-Lalibela – legacy, heritage, and identity, Ethiopia, May 2018.

Media experience

Co-authored several articles with CJK Williams including an article for AA Files on the work of Le Ricolais for the exhibition ‘Visions & Paradox’ of 1999 held at the AA.