Ms Allison Dutoit

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  • Qualifications:BFA, M.Arch SFHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer andCo-Programme Leader
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 84589
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About me

Allison is acting Associate Head of Department for Student Experience. She joined UWE as Senior Lecturer following roles at Cardiff University, University of California Berkeley and Copenhagen (DIS/affiliated with the Royal Academy). 

As an Architect, Urban Designer, educator, practitioner Allison has 30 years experience in public and private sectors and in education across Europe and North America. Allison followed her mentor Jan Gehl first as student and later as Consultant and Head of Studio at Gehl Copenhagen. In between she practiced in the San Francisco Bay area on public infrastructure, community buildings, and private dwellings. 

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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