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Phillipa Martin

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Product Design


Senior Lecturer in 3D Design and Course Leader for the BA (hons) Product Design course.

Phillipa Marsh is an academic, designer and researcher in the Product Design field. Her focus is on the social context of design in the built environment, specifically looking at how people engage with new technologies in different environments; from residential design and housing environments to the experiences of patients and health care professionals in the medical profession. Her work currently focuses on:

  • understanding housing environments
  • looking at the ways environmental design can engage people to improve housing
  • whether the inclusion of new technologies can aid in peoples' overall well-being.


  • House and home: a social reinterpretation of sustainable housing, looking beyond technically efficient buildings
    What role and value does design and occupancy play in creating sustainable housing, as a liveable house and homely place?
  • Visual Representations of the Traditional Essay
    Looking at different ways of presenting a traditional essay with a more visual emphasis, but still has core academic elements to determine it as academic writing. By doing this, several additional benefits for student learning were highlighted and not generally found within a traditional written essay.
  • The Value of the Professional Pitch
    Looking at value and benefits for students presenting professional sales pitches in learning and teaching contexts as well as developing professional awareness.

Career overview

Awards and Sponsorships

  • International Interdisciplinary Social Science Graduate Scholarship, 2010.
  • International Design Principles and Practices Graduate Scholarship, 2011.
  • University of Nottingham's Travel Scholarship Award, 2011.
  • Vitae regional finalist and award for artistic flair in research, 2011.
  • University of Nottingham PhD scholarship, 2009-2012.
  • KTP sponsorship, 2011/12.

Research areas

Specific research issues of interest are:

The impact of design within the built environment on:

  • dementia care and mental health and the impact of the built environment
  • independent and assisted living and improving residential environment
  • interactive environments and wellbeing
  • the importance of comfort and homeliness in care services
  • developments in product design and services to assist recovery and rehabilitation
  • evaluating people's interactions and experiences with new devices and technologies.

Phillipa has published extensively in various fields from social science, architecture, design and technology.

Phillipa has studied at the School of Architecture at the University of Nottingham and industrial experience spanning ten years as a designer in commercial design and interior architecture.


Conference Presentations

Marsh, P., and Arthur, L., (2014). Pedagogy: Leading Technology, International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Marsh, P., and Arthur, L., (2013). Asking why as well and how: Underpinning new designers' technical proficiency with critical understanding, International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, The School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

Marsh P., (2013). Sustainable solutions that work for the user: Examining sustainable technologies beyond their technical role and the opportunities for Design and Engineering, International Conference on Advanced Design and Manufacturing, Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU, Spain.

Marsh, P., (2012). It's about evaluation, TEDx talk, University of Nottingham, Sowing the seeds, the Harvest event.

Marsh P., (2012). Sustainable design: creativity or commodity, technical or social. Examining differing interpretations of the role and value of design practice in sustainable housing, The Design Research Society International Conference, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Marsh P., (2012). What we do, what we'd like to do and what we don't – valued meanings or technical efficiency: Reinterpreting the discipline of sustainable design from the designers' perspective, International Design Principles and Practices Conference, University of California, Los Angeles.

Marsh, P., (2011). Intelligent housing for people and technologies: an examination into sustainable domestic architecture beyond the technical and the potential opportunities for Design, Smart Design Conference, Nottingham.

Marsh, P., (2011). Housing beyond the technical, a social realisation: A comparative examination of energy efficient housing, International PLEA Architecture and Sustainable Development Conference, Belgium.

Marsh, P., (2011). Reinterpreting energy efficient housing beyond the technical to consider the social realisation, Low energy conference, University of Bath.

Marsh, P., (2010). Building Efficiency, Design Deficiency? Exploring the design deficit in the theory of sustainable architecture, International Design Principles and Practices Conference, University of Rome.

Marsh, P., (2010). Sustaining the social or simply technically efficient? The social impact of sustainable technology in the home, International Interdisciplinary Social Science Conference, University of Cambridge.

Marsh, P., (2010). Social Perspectives within Technically Efficient Environments: an Examination of the Social Impact on Sustainable Technology within the Home, Perspectives in Society: health, culture and the environment EMUA Conference, Nottingham.

Journal Publications

Marsh, P., (2011). Building Efficiency, Design Deficiency? Exploring the design deficit in the theory of sustainable architecture, Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.543-556.

Marsh, P., (2010). Sustaining technical efficiency and the socialised home: examining the social dimension within sustainable architecture and the home, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 5, I. 5, pp.287-298.

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