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Sarah Radif

Head of Architecture, Design and Built Environment

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Sarah is Head of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, Associate Professor Professional Practice, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (MCIAT). After completing her undergraduate qualification in Architecture, she gained a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Liverpool. Prior to becoming Head of Subject, Sarah founded the BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology degree at Solent University. Under her leadership the course has grown to become one of the most successful accredited courses nationwide enjoying excellent reputation within industry and achieving outstanding results in external benchmarks such as national student survey, graduate outcomes and various other league tables.

Sarah has led the validation and revalidation of numerous courses including Foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeships in a wide range of built environment disciplines. She is an experienced external examiner and takes part in internal and external validation events. Her teaching specialism includes architectural design, construction technology and professional practice.

Sarah’s research interest is in the impact of social, economic and political factors on the development of housing standards in the UK since the second world war. Recently she has taken part in circa €400k ERASMUS PLUS research project investigating the use of timber in high rise buildings in collaboration with universities from Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania and Portugal. Prior to teaching, she practised architecture working on projects in luxury housing, art galleries, large scale residential and commercial sectors.

Sarah has devoted her academic career to creating an excellent student experience. This dedication stems from combining her passion for architecture as a powerful tool that can enhance the health and wellbeing of society, and pedagogic practices that celebrate success and embrace real world learning, diversity and inclusivity. During her career, she taught, nurtured and supported hundreds of students from all different backgrounds doing her best to help each and every single one of them to discover their potential. She is immensely proud of what they have accomplished in careers that have taken them all over the world.

Externally, Sarah sits on the Education Board and Accreditation Group of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). She is a Professional Assessor, Moderator and regularly chairs accreditation panels and took part in 2014 QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Architectural Technology review panel. Sarah is technical judge for the Society of British and International Design (SBID) annual awards and has also taken part in judging SBID student competitions. Internationally, Sarah has served as juror for final year interior design student projects at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

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