Ms Allison Dutoit

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  • Qualifications:BFA, M.Arch SFHEA
  • Position:Interim Associate Head of Department- SE
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 84589
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About me

Allison is an Architect, Urban Designer, educator, practitioner with experience in public and private sectors and in education across Europe and North America. For 25 years Allison has practiced and taught in and about the places between buildings, following her mentor Jan Gehl first as student and later as Consultant and Head of Studio at Gehl Copenhagen. In between she practiced with Turnbull Haesloop Griffin and Burks Toma in the San Francisco Bay area on public infrastructure, community buildings, and private dwellings. 

Allison joined UWE as Senior Lecturer following roles at Cardiff University, University of California Berkeley and in Copenhagen (DIS/affiliated with the Royal Academy). Her passion and focus in education has been early design training, and on urban design and planning. Allison feels strongly that it is in these areas we can establish a focus on human scale, quality of life, and equity in development and design. She brings international best practice to teaching, having led strategic work for cities and regions reconsidering the use of open space, developed capacity for people focused development, led change and engagement work to shift awareness of public spaces and movement. Allison is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an 'Auroran' with Advanced HE, and has completed the Called To Lead sessions at UWE. Through these and with mentoring roles at department, university and community level her aim is to keep learning.

Allison is the module leader for the largest undergraduate studio in the UK, celebrating and integrating related design programmes in core design. She co-leads the Architecture and Planning programme, unique in the UK as a joint undergraduate degree.


'I fundamentally believe in an everyday and eye-level approach to how we design and understand the physical places we inhabit, and to building collaborative strategies and organisations necessary to support such evolution.'


Area of expertise

Urban Design

Strategic Frameworks


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