Martina Murphy


  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Dr Martina Murphy is Senior Lecturer at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. Associate Head of School for 4 years, she has a PhD in design innovation and construction procurement and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Her main research interests are in the areas of construction innovation, procurement, architectural design and educational pedagogy.

As Associate Head of School of School she oversaw the implementation of a vertical teaching structure for delivering architectural education akin to professional practice, the SuperStudios, which is the first of its kind to be implemented in a School of Architecture.

Dr Murphy has been Course Director for the Construction Business and Leadership MSc; Construction Engineering and Management BSc, and the BA and MArch Architecture courses, during which time she led on revalidations for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) , Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescription for the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

As a Chartered Architect (1995-2003) she practiced in the UK, Malta, Hong Kong and Thailand on the design and construction of commercial, public and private sector projects. She was awarded a PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Professor George Heaney and Professor Srinath Perera and began her academic career in 2010 following a long period in industry.

Dr Murphy has been Council Member for the Royal Society of Ulster Architects and co-opted Education Chair for the RIBA and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). She is Committee Member of the Association of Professional Studies Advisors (APSA) and member of The Standing Conference of Schools of Architecture (SCOSA).

She has examined and chaired validation panels in the UK and Europe and has established international academic partnerships in Croatia, China, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, South Africa, Pakistan and Australia.

Dr Murphy has supervised PhD’s locally and internationally and has sat on the Review Boards of Construction Innovation, Emerald Publishing; Construction, Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis; The International Review Board of Archnet-IJAR- International Journal of Architectural Research (MIT Press); Project Management Journal; Journal of Visualization of Engineering, Springer.

She has served as a School Governor for Hunter House College, Belfast, and Management Board Member for the South Ulster Housing Association (SUHA) and appointed Director to the Board of Trustees for HomeStart, UK.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, PgCHEP

Sept 2010Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

PhD, Managing and sustaining building product innovations within the construction procurement process

Sept 2003Oct 2008

Award Date: 1 Oct 2008

Master, Architecture, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sept 1990Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Architecture

Sept 1986Jun 1990

Award Date: 30 Jun 1989

External positions

Co-Chair, Association of Professional Studies Advisors

1 Feb 2022 → …

Visiting Critic and Lecturer in Professional Studies, Birmingham City University

Sept 2019Aug 2021

Ulster University Representative, The Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sept 2018Jun 2020


Sept 2018 → …

Co-chair of Procurement and Practice Committee, Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sept 2016Jun 2018

Board Member


DoE School Governor (Hunter House), Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

Sept 2008Jun 2016

Chair of Sustainability Committee, Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sept 2008Jun 2009

NI Education Representative, Royal Institute of British Architects

Sept 2004Jun 2008

Elected Council Member, The Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sept 2000 → …

Honorary Secretary, Mid-Ulster Regional Group of Architects



  • NA Architecture
  • TH Building construction
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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