Melissa Kinnear

Associate Lecturer in Architecture, OBU, Design Tutor for Unit D, 2nd/ 3rd years

Melissa studied architecture in Johannesburg, South Africa and completed her final degree in 1999. She has worked in a variety of architectural offices in both South Africa and the United Kingdom, mostly focusing on housing projects with a strong commitment to sustainable design.

In 2004, she co-founded Architecture Sans Frontières - UK (ASF-UK) where she is currently an Expert Affiliate. She has been tutoring at Oxford Brookes University in Unit D since 2006. The Unit focuses on encouraging students to investigate the impact of politics, resource choice, industrialised production, economic systems, discrimination, climate change, the ramifications of disasters on the urban context and heritage, and embark on the path of becoming a new type of architect. She was awarded a Masters in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University in 2010. She is deeply committed to social and economic sustainability and justice, especially when applied to the built environment.


Design tutor

Memberships (and affiliations)

RSA Fellow

Academic interests

Integrating learning and working in the world of International Development and how this informs design and architectural responses and vice versa, strategies for urban resilience, participatory design and deepening democratic practice.

Selected publications

Co-authored: Challenging Practice: Essentials for the Social Production of Habitat

Co-authored: Unit D: engaging students in architecture, politics and space

Co-edited: Unit D: 13-14

Contributed to: Unit D: 14_15 and Unit D: 15_16

Melissa Kinnear


School of Architecture

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