Martina Murphy


  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Dr Martina Murphy participates widely in architecture practice and culture, nationally and internationally. As a Chartered Architect, she has 20 years of international practice experience working in architectural practices in the UK, Malta and Hong Kong. She has practiced across public and private sectors, offered policy advice and support for government agencies, developed programs for academic Institutions and continuously developed her research through portfolio, exhibition and architectural writing and critique since the start of her professional career.

Martina is interested in the relationship of people with their built environment. Her ambition to discuss and share architecture and the culture of design, with diverse people, merges all aspects of her practice and research together.

Martina has chaired several architectural discussion panels and juries in Budapest, Varna, Sligo and Belfast. Her exhibitions and showcases have research ethics approval and seek to present visual interpretation to an audience in engaging and visually innovative ways.

Writing is a core part of her practice and Martina writes about the role and purpose of architecture in everyday life. She has written for Architects Journal, RIBA Journal, Ulster Architect, and the RSUA Perspective journal where she has consistently presented new architectural research and ways of teaching architecture to a national audience.

Research is core to her work. In 2008, Martina successfully completed a PhD at UU. She has training in Research Ethics, Research Methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, interview) and was Principle Investigator for a project which contributed to the development and implementation of national policy on social sustainability. She has travelled extensively as part of in her research to Australia (Gold Coast), Budapest, Venice, Paris, Bulgaria and Croatia.

As part of her post-doctoral research, Martina led the co-ordination and production of several peer-reviewed papers, working with architects, engineers and academics, to deliver the publications on time and to a recognised standard of impact and rigour i.e.: 3* rankings.

Martina is the Associate Head of School of Architecture and the Built Environment with specific responsible for the School of Architecture based on the York Street, Belfast campus. She is Director of Studies for the BA (Hons) and the Master’s in Architecture program at UU and, since 2018, has led a unique teaching approach for architecture which has been recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In her role, Martina has collaborated with other schools of architecture in Ireland, UK and in several schools internationally.

In teaching and learning Martina adopts a position of parity of esteem, establishing a culture of collective work and endeavour within architecture. This has enabled better student authority and agency, placing the students in areas where they can begin to address contemporary issues of architectural practice and wider public and social issues.

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


Sep 2010Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011


Sep 2003Oct 2008

Award Date: 1 Oct 2008

Master, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sep 1990Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992


Sep 1986Jun 1990

Award Date: 30 Jun 1989

External positions

Visiting Critic and Lecturer in Professional Studies, Birmingham City University

Sep 2019 → …

Ulster University Representative, The Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sep 2018 → …


Sep 2018 → …

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

Sep 2016Jun 2018

Board Member


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

Sep 2008Jun 2016

Chair of Sustainability Committee, Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sep 2008Jun 2009

NI Education Representative, Royal Institute of British Architects

Sep 2004Jun 2008

Elected Council Member, The Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Sep 2000 → …

Honorary Secretary, Mid-Ulster Regional Group of Architects



  • NA Architecture
  • TH Building construction
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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