BSc(Eng)Hons, MSc, MCIBSE, CEng, CertLTHE, MHEA
Subject Coordinator: Shelter after Disaster, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)
School of Architecture Technology Subject Lead
Course Leader Masters in Architectural Design in Architecture (RIBA Part 2)
Collaborative Provision Manager for RedR and IFRC courses
Charles leads research and teaching on Shelter after Disaster in the School of Architecture Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP). He is active in the shelter community of practice, holding working group positions in the Global Shelter Cluster.
Charles also holds academic leadership positions in the School of Architecture: he co-leads Masters in Architectural Design in Architecture (RIBA part 2), and is subject leader for technology for the whole school.
Charles trained and worked as an environmental engineer, focusing on sustainability and community development. He studied at CENDEP for the Masters degree in Development Practice in 1997.
Charles leads the Shelter after Disaster postgraduate course in the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University. As well as teaching, he develops research and facilitates knowledge partnerships through my liaison with operational shelter agencies and the Global Shelter Cluster.
Charles co-leads the Masters in Architectural Design in Architecture (with RIBA part 2 exemption). This course leads to the professional qualification in architecture. Charles leads in particular on the specialisations embedded within the course.
As lead for Technology in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, Charles has responsibility for curriculum development, management and mentoring of technology teaching staff, and the development of private sector partnerships.
The School of Architecture collaborates with humanitarian agencies to develop training at postgraduate level. Charles works with IFRC and RedR to accredit their courses so that participants can be assured that the training is consistent with postgraduate education standards. Successful participants receive Masters level credits.
Memberships (and affiliations)
- Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Global Shelter Cluster Shelter Projects working group
- Member of the Global Shelter Cluster Environment Community of Practice
- Shelter after Disaster Sustainability
- Environmental design
- Public participation in regeneration and planning
Research interests and consultancy expertise
- Research interests centre around Shelter after Disaster, sustainable housing, social sustainability, public participation in regeneration and planning issues.
- Consultancy expertise is in environmental design, design and implementation of participation initiatives.
- 2015 Parrack, et al (2015): More Than Just a Roof An Introduction to Shelter Programming, Global Shelter Cluster, Geneva
- 2014 Parrack, C, Flinn, B and Passey, M (2014): Getting the Message Across for Safer Self-Recovery in Post-Disaster Shelter. Open House International, 39 (3).2014
- 2014 Clarke, P and Parrack, C (2014): Portugal 1755 Earthquake. In J. Fowler, (Ed). Shelter Projects 2013-2014. Geneva: UNHabitat, IFRC and UNHCR.. Geneva: UNHabitat, IFRC and UNHCR.
- 2014 Khan, N and Parrack, C. (2014): A Market Based Programme To Improve Housing In The Mountains of Northern Pakistan in Schilderman, Parker (Ed) Still Standing Looking back at reconstruction and disaster risk reduction in housing, Rugby UK: Practical Action Publishing
- 2014 Schilderman, T. Parker, E. Blackett,M. MacLellan, M. Parrack, C. Watson, D. (2014) Conclusions: How does our Approach to Reconstruction Need to Change? in Schilderman, Parker (Ed) Still Standing Looking back at reconstruction and disaster risk reduction in housing, Rugby UK: Practical Action Publishing
- 2013 Kennedy, J and Parrack, C. (2013) The History of Three Point Five Square Metres. In J. Ashmore, (Ed). Shelter Projects 2011-2012. Geneva: UNHabitat, IFRC and UNHCR.