Paul Clarke
  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Paul Clarke is Professor of Architectural Design at the Belfast School of Architecture and The Built Environment. He is a member of the ARG leading the Drawing: Methodology and Media Cluster. He is supervising  a number of PhDs including one on innovation in architectural education. His research explores the relationship of architecture and film, the reciprocity between digital and analogue drawing, and hand-drawing and notebooks in contemporary critical practice. 

He is a chartered architect and member of the RIBA, MRIAI, RIAS and RSUA. He was born and trained in Glasgow and has collaborated with many artists, composers, designers, and filmmakers on a range of exhibitions and events in addition to his extensive experience in practice. His work has been published and exhibited Internationally. He has taught previously at a number of universities and architecture schools including The Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, The University of Edinburgh and the Architectural Association in London. He is currently an External Examiner at a number of Schools in the UK and Ireland and is a Lead Examiner for the Architects Registration Board.

For Phaidon he collaborated on a number of publications in their Architecture and Detail series on the Glasgow School of Art and The Hill House. He was part of an advisory expert panel working within the architect’s design team on the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art. He has drawings in the collections of The Centre for Scottish Design- The Lighthouse, and the Royal Scottish Academy and the Glasgow School of Art. He was the curator of a touring exhibition and research project called The Secret Laboratory on Architects’ sketchbooks and directed and produced the film Drawing on Life, which has been shown at a series of International film festivals in America, Canada and Europe. His book Notations edited and produced with Peter Maybury is a folio collection of drawings by such internationally recognized architects and artist as Grafton Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Tom DePaor and Nigel Peake. He has recently written on the work of Peter and Alison Smithson. He leads the award winning WaterLands SuperStudio in which several students have won the top awards.


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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