• York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

  • 4 Citations
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Personal profile


Dr Saul Golden, SFHEA, is a Lecturer in Architecture and Spatial Design, a Chartered UK architect and academic with over twenty-years of international practice/research/teaching expertise across architecture, interior and urban design. 

Saul's research and teaching are underpinned by peer-reviewed publications and field-based projects through his UK trademarked, Urban Research Lab, which promotes trans-disciplinary, inter-sector collaboration across architecture, interior, and urban design related to mapping and influencing policy on more sustainable shared and diverse urban spaces, critical spatial practice, and innovative performative public engagement methods. His 2016 doctoral thesis, Beyond Architecture: Other Influences on Approaches to Practice and Urban Space, combined architectural and social sciences approaches to uniquely examine the changing nature of architecture practice, and changing roles architects undertake as critical spatial practitioners. Saul currently has four PhD supervision roles across architecture, engineering, art-practice, and social sciences topics.

In 2017-2018 Saul was Principal Investigator for a GCRF Pump-prime project in Ghana titled Sustainable Design and Shared Space (SDSS), integrating research into urban-rural design, off-grid energy, and clean water infrastructure for deprived communities in partnership with the Ghana Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), NGO Just Ghana, and Ulster University's Centre for Sustainable Technologies. Since 2016, Saul has also been a Visiting Academic with the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing undertaking research on architecture, interior and urban design relative to smart-ageing and dementia challenges, ageing-in-place, and healthy communities in the UK, US, and China.

Outside of his academic roles, Saul enjoys a strong international professional network including recognition for his practice Gillespie-Golden Architects, elected positions as a Trustee of the RIBA and RSUA Councils, and as an appointed Director of Northern Irelands' built environment outreach charity PLACE Ltd.

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 3 Mar 2017


1 Jan 200920 Apr 2016

Award Date: 20 Apr 2016

University College London

… → 29 Jun 1999

Award Date: 29 Jun 1999

Master, University of Washington

Sep 199413 Jun 1997

Award Date: 13 Jun 1997

Bachelor, University of Virginia

Sep 198817 May 1992

Award Date: 17 May 1992

University of Liverpool

Aug 1995Dec 1995

External positions

External Examiner - Interior Architecture, Griffith College

Nov 2019 → …

External Examiner-Design-Florence Institute of Design International, University of Chester

Nov 2017 → …

Invited Committee Member - Research & Grants Sub-Committee, RIBA

Oct 2016 → …

Director-Trustee, Royal Institute of British Architects


Director-Trustee, Royal Society of Ulster Architects


Strategic Design Group, Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG), Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL)


Director-Trustee, Place, The Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland

Oct 2012Nov 2018


  • NA Architecture
  • Spatial Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Architecture
  • Shared Space
  • Healthy Communities
  • Ageing Populations
  • Sustainability
  • Placemaking
  • Interior Design
  • Ageing-in-place
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • agency
  • critical spatial practice
  • identity
  • habitus

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Research Output

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)
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    Mapping the expanding and fracturing field of architecture

    Golden, S., 16 Feb 2017, Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges. Couceiro da Costa, M. J. R., Roseta, F., Couceiro da Costa, S. & Lages, J. P. (eds.). Lisbon, Portugal: Taylor & Francis, Vol. 2. p. 705-712

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 30 Downloads (Pure)

    Josep Llinàs and the Construct(ion) of Place Meaning in Urban Public Space: A Barcelona Case Study

    Golden, S., 22 Oct 2018, p. 49-49. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
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    Cinematic approaches to mapping spatial narratives

    Golden, S., 6 Sep 2017, Envisioning Architecture: Space/ Time/ Meaning. Maver, T., Chapman, P., Platt, C., Portela, R. & Eaton, D. (eds.). Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art, p. 269-276

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Research Consultant: Ideal Standard International Thought Leadership

    Saul Golden (Consultant)

    Mar 2018May 2019

    Activity: Consultancy

    Public Seminar: Architecture at the Nexus of Water + Power

    Saul Golden (Organiser)

    7 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...


    Sustainable Design + Shared Space: Ghana

    Saul Golden (Organiser), & Francis Agyenim Boateng (Participant)

    14 Jan 201817 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media