Margo Socha

PhD

Legacy and Land

Qualifications

MA Architectural History, Bartlett, UCL
BSc Architecture Engineering,Technical University of Lodz, Poland

Supervisor(s)

Dr Marcel Vellinga, Robert Adam (Adam Architecture), Hugh Petter (Adam Architecture)

Research project

The primary goal of my PhD is to investigate the role of legacy in the housing development process and to identify the opportunities for private landowners’ contribution to higher quality projects. The research will constitute a cross-disciplinary study bringing together fields of architecture, planning and economy.

The concept of legacy plays a significant role in the development process and often manifested itself architecturally through such projects as almshouses, development of landed estates, monumental architecture or the work of such institutions as National Trust and English Heritage which benefit from legacy gifts. This has historically been the case and also applies to present times. Today, one specific way in which legacy manifests itself is through new housing developments. Leaving a lasting legacy is often of great importance to landowners and therefore it works as an incentive to provide better quality projects.

The key issue of this research will be to identify the obstacles that impede positive involvement of landowners. Through historical analysis and contemporary case studies I expect to provide insights on possible improvements and more effective collaboration between all stakeholders including developers, architects, planners, local authorities and local communities.

Conferences where research has been presented

TDE Research Students’ Conference at Oxford Brookes

Other relevant information

The research is being conducted in collaboration with the Adam Architecture architectural practice.

Margo Socha

PhD
Legacy and Land

Supervisor(s)
Dr Marcel Vellinga
Robert Adam (Adam Architecture)
Hugh Petter (Adam Architecture)