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Dr Rachel Cruise BSc(Hons), DipArch, PhD, DIC, PGCertHE, FHEA

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Senior Lecturer in Structural and Architectural Engineering

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Background:

Rachel Cruise is a Senior Lecturer in Structural and Architectural Design. She has a degree and diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and a PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. She has worked in practice on projects such as housing for the Greenwich Millennium Village and the extension of Kings Cross main station.                        

She has been a Lecturer in Structural Design for three years in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Bath and for six years in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield before joining Loughborough University in 2017.

Broad interests and expertise:

Her research and teaching are cross disciplinary between Architecture and Structural Engineering. She focuses on both technical research into the importance of design and manufacturing processes for structural performance and a critical understanding of different ways of modelling material behaviour and making processes in the widest possible sense. Her research has contributed to both the Structural Eurocodes and to a publication long listed for the Sir Nikolaus Pevsner RIBA International Book Award for Architecture, 2007.

With over 9 years of experience in encouraging a critical and creative approach to structural design for Architecture Students and Engineering Students she is interested in how the material world is perceived across construction professions and how this influences the way they design and construct our built environment.

Professional affiliations:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Outline of main research interests:

Current research brings together a technical understanding of materials and structures, an understanding of the influence of scientific research methodologies and of manufacturing processes, skills in physical testing and computation modelling and a social and contextual understanding of technical resolution, structural design and the act of making in the widest possible sense.

Research falls into two categories:

  1. Structural Engineering research focuses on the influence of production processes on the resulting structural behaviour of metallic structural members and the cost and environmental implications of manufacturing techniques.
  2. Architectural research focuses on how design methods, fabrication and production processes and the different ways of understanding our physical world influence the nature of a resulting construction, from both a Structural Engineering and an Architectural perspective.

External roles and appoiontments:

  • Member of the steering committee for the University of Leeds Architectural Engineering MEng course.
  • Past External Examiner at Glasgow University for the Structural Engineering with Architecture MEng course.
  • Past External Reviewer of two new interdisciplinary MEng Programmes:

   - The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - MEng in Engineering and Architectural Design.
   - School of Engineering, Liverpool - BEng/MEng in Architectural Engineering.