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Martine Hamilton Knight

Martine Hamilton Knight

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

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Martine Hamilton Knight DLitt(hon), FHEA, is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University in the School of Art & Design, who has taught part time on the BA & MA programme since 2018. As a professional architectural photographer with three decades working in industry, her area of specialism within the university encompasses a mixture of professional practice and technical delivery. Always one with an eye to life post-graduation, she is a passionate advocate of technical skill development and encouraging professional transformational experiences for students throughout their course of study.

Career overview

With a long established Nottingham business, Martine is an award winning independent architectural photographer. Over the last three decades, her architectural images have been published in dozens of books and journals world-wide and she has had several exhibitions. These include a large solo show in Ningbo, China in 2009 and one at Lakeside Arts Centre in 2022 encompassing some 90 photographs from Pevsner’s ‘Buildings of England - Nottinghamshire’, published by Yale University Press.

Martine’s work is widely recognised by her industry. A major show of her work took place in Ningbo, China in 2009, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Nottingham in 2012 and named a Global Ambassador for Manfrotto in 2013.

She lectures across the UK for The Royal Institute of British Architects and runs workshops for The Royal Photographic Society and Line & Light.

Research areas

A member of NTU’s Design Research Centre, Martine is interested in exploring the changes in the commercial photographic world, with regard to digital technology, social media, user generated content and its implications on fee structure, branding, perceived value & client expectation. How these changes are subsequently reflected in education, training and the industry itself are topics which she is investigating.

Her current R&D work includes a major publication for Routledge in 2023, entitled Photography for Architects: Effective use of images in your architectural practice, a 400 page, full-colour guide aimed at industry professionals. She has written a paper on architectural photography entitled: The Pevsner Way of Seeing which has been accepted for publication by Quart Journal.

In June 2021, with fellow academic Dr.Rotimi Olaniyan, they presented their paper on Co-constructed Interdisciplinary Academic Practice in the Field of Visual Brand Communications at the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference (CABS - LTSE 2021).

External activity

Specialist workshops with the Department of Architecture and The Built Environment, University of Nottingham (2021)

Speaker – The Royal Photographic Society (2021)

On tour for WEX (2018) Summer Architectural Photography Masterclasses across the UK

Speaker/Trainer (2015) Photo Training Overseas, Fuerteventura


Assessor for the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Awards (2018)

Finalist – The Architectural Photography Awards (2018)

National judge for The Architects Eye - Photography awards (2013)

Honorary doctorate (DLitt) from The University of Nottingham (2012) for services to photography

Assessor for the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Awards (2009)

Winner of Nottingham Creative Business Awards (Photography) (2008)

Subject of BBC Television’s documentary series A Picture of Britain - (Broadcast October 2007) (dir Richard Parkin BBC)

Solo Exhibitions

Martine Hamilton Knight – Photography for Pevsner – Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (2022)

25 years of architecture through the viewfinder - Bromley House Library, Nottingham (2015)

Hopkins in Nottingham : Nottingham on Camera - RIBA and Nottm Trent University (2014)

RIBA 50/50 - RIBA Touring show – various East Midlands venues (2011)

Nottingham Impression - Ninbgo Museum - China (2009)

Nottingham Revealed - Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (2007)

One City; One Hundred Years - The Yard Gallery, Wollaton Hall, Nottingham (1997)

Sponsors and collaborators

As a global ambassador for the photo-equipment company Manfrotto, (Vitec Group) Martine has brought a collaboration with them into the university. To date, they’ve worked with BA Product Design students on Research & Design projects for Lastolite and BA & MA photographers in the form of an awards programme with another of their global brands - Colorama.



Photography for Architects: Effective use of images in your architectural practice (2023) Martine Hamilton Knight. Routledge

Buildings of England – Nottinghamshire (2020) Clare Hartwell, Elizabeth Williamson, Nikolaus Pevsner, photographs by Martine Hamilton Knight. Yale University Press

Aspects of a Global University (2013) Martine Hamilton Knight, The University of Nottingham

RIBA 50/50 - Fifty Years of Architecture and Design in the East Midlands

(2010) RIBA, London

Campus Views (2007) Martine Hamilton Knight, The University of Nottingham

Nottingham Transformed (2006) Ken Powell, with photographs by Martine Hamilton Knight. Merrell Publishers.

Campus Critique (1998) Peter Fawcett, photographs by Martine Hamilton Knight. Sherwood Press.

Illustrations for multiple print publications (1990) > Present day

  • Architects Journal
  • Architectural Today
  • Architectural Review
  • RIBA Journal
  • Sunday Times
  • Daily Telegraph
  • The Observer
  • Baumeister
  • The Times
  • Domus
  • Building
  • CBSE Journal
  • Architectura Viva
  • Building Services Journal
  • World Architecture
  • The Structural Engineer

+ many books and online publications

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Press expertise

Commercial Architectural Photographer, championing transformational student experiences within the creative industries

Course(s) I teach on

  • Kim Warren, BA (Hons) Photography
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2023

  • Kim Warren, BA (Hons) Photography
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2024