Ilona Hay

Senior Lecturer in Architecture
Design and Technology
Year 1 and 2 Technology Lead
Year Two Design Build Live Project Leader


  • Module Leader for U30008 – Introductory Technology
  • Module Leader for U30020- Architectural Technology and Precedent
  • Year Two and Three Unit Tutor
  • Dissertation Supervisor
  • Undergraduate Admissions Assessor/ Interviewer
  • Academic Advisor
  • Management Practice and Law Assessor
  • Design Theory Practice Group Research Member

Memberships (and affiliations):

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Director, Texere Studio Ltd. Architecture
  • Architects Registration Board (ARB), professional membership, registered architect
  • Royal Institute Of British Architects (RIBA), professional membership
  • Guest Tutor at Port Eliot Festival Hole & Corner Summer Workshop with Plymouth University Architecture
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) guest member
  • Dartmouth Park Business Hub Member
  • Dartmouth Park Neighbourhood Forum Committee Member
  • Mark Fitzpatrick Nature Reserve Trustee

Academic interests

Ilona Hay a qualified Architect, and a Director of a small practice. Born and educated in Canada, she studied architecture at Dalhousie University and University College of London. Prior this this she studied human geography and fine arts at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in award winning London practices: Conran and Partners, Niall McLaughlin, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Walters and Cohen. Academic interests include material culture, cross disciplinary aspects of making (eg. craft/fabric/architecture), landscape and architecture, and design-build community projects.

Ilona’s research is practice based and is intrinsically linked with her professional skills and background, overlapping academia and practice. Recently it has focused on Live Projects. She is currently exploring how Live Projects can simultaneously be aesthetically pleasing, meet student pedagogical and client needs. Specific areas of interest and relevance that extend the current academic discourse on Live Projects include: sustainability inclusive teaching and community client engagement.

See also link to research profile.

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Hay, I. (2014) ‘Beyond the Build: Building, reflect­ing, learning... and repeat’, inWORKING OUT: Thinking while building. Proceedings of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. 2014 Fall Conference,Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 16-18 October 2014. ACSA Press, pp.381-390.
  • Hay, I. (2008) ‘Greenhouse’, in Macy, C. (ed) Free Lab. Halifax: TUNS Press, pp. 34-35 + 68-69.
  • Hay, I. (2007) ‘Fabric Formwork: The beautiful, the sublime and the ugly’, in Chandler, A and Pedreschi, R. (eds.) Fabric Formwork, London: RIBA Pub., pp. 59-76.


  • Hay, I, (2015) ‘Screening’, Live Project exhibition and catalogue, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, May, 3 pgs (catalogue).


  • Hay, I. (2012) ‘Rural Urbanism: Riots, Religion and Urban Communities: Kentish Town, London’, On Site, (27), pp. 72-73.
  • Hay, I. (2010) ‘Small Things: mini-shelters’, On Site, (23), p. 57.

Live projects (selected)

  • (2016) ‘Arbour Bench. Provision of seating for the elderly,Project for Barracks Lane, Oxford.
  • (2016) ‘Bark 1.0’. Mobile Festival Sleeping Pod Protoype, for Thrive/ RAW, Oxford.
  • (2016) ‘Planter With Seating - B2’. Planter with integrated seating, for Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford Brookes.
  • (2016) ‘Please Take Your Seat’. Prototype Mobile Seat, for proposed audience linked to design brief G1, outside Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
  • (2016) ‘Timber to Table’. Upcycled Timber Protoype Tables, for Thrive/ RAW, Oxford.
  • (2016) ‘The Edge’. Customizable CNC Plywood Prototype Seat for ledge, linked to design brief, proposed for client Powerday, London.
  • (2016) ‘View Through Concrete’. Sculptural landscape viewing device, for Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes.
  • (2015) ‘Rainwater Catchers, Storage Bench, and Compost Bin’. 5 Projects, Green Gym, London.
  • (2015) ‘Blackboard Bench’. Project for Hill End Farm, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Bug Hotel 1, and Bug Hotel 2’. Project for Oxford Brookes Sustainability Team, Oxford.
  • (2015) ’Fire Escape Friendly Signage’. Project for Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Tree House Seating, and Fruitful Fencing’. 2 Projects, Parasol Project, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Practical and Attractive Storage’. Project for Tower House Guest House, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Kitchen Unit, Storage Unit, and Workshop Unit’. 3 Projects, Westhill Farm, Oxford.
Ilona Hay


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP