Miss Elena Marco

About me

Elena is an experienced academic leader, educator, practitioner, and researcher with a diverse and rich profile, building a top class reputation for the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of the West of England, Bristol of which she is the Head. Before joining UWE, Elena built a strong profile in sustainable design at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, working on many pioneering and award winning projects, some as part of Europe-wide research initiatives. Now in academia, she continues to develop her research interests, which focus on the crossover between health, sustainability and architecture.

Externally, Elena was selected by the Architects Journal as one of the 20 most influential Women in Sustainable Architecture in the UK, and has been part of the Judging Panel for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the Silver Medal (Part 2 design projects) category as well as the RIBA South West Awards 2017.

Elena currently is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has memberships of the RIBA New Courses Group, the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group, is part of the Council of the Standing Conference of Heads of School of Architecture (SCHOSA) and Member of the Council of Heads of Built Environment (CHOBE). She is also the external examiner at Portsmouth, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, AMG Athens and has been the External Reviewer for specific programmes at the Universities of Robert Gordon, Aberdeen and Westminster. ​

Area of expertise

Elena's main area of expertise is the symbiosis between architecture, health and sustainability.  She has been a Principal Investigator on research projects exploring "Space in the Sustainable & Healthy Home" and "Sustainable Behaviours in the Home", as well as a CEBE funded Learning & Teaching project on "Introducing Health as a Driver for Sustainability in the Architectural Curriculum" which was identified by UKRC as one of their "Big ideas for the future".

 She has experience of successfully engaging communities in live research projects.  The direction of her future research is likely to involve exploring how clutter, consumerism and utilitarian objects can influence sustainable behaviour.

My Publications