Dr Fidel Meraz

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  • Qualifications:Arq MA PhD SFHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer - MArch Architecture Programme Leader
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 83110
  • Email:Fidel.Meraz@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Fidel is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Environment. He has an established career in architectural education in Mexico (Anahuac University) the United Kingdom (Universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and Suffolk) and Asia (India, Sri Lanka). He has participated in the planning, validation and pedagogical direction of architecture programmes, coordinated international collaborations, and performed as an external examiner of these disciplines in India, and as link tutor in UWE's partner City School of Architecture in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His experience as an educator merges practice-based teaching and theoretical research aimed at architectural education with a holistic approach.

He is the Programme Leader of the MArch Architecture and contributes to teaching and learning in architectural philosophy, theory, history and design at the undergraduate, master and doctoral levels. He is interested in moving forward a critical agenda for an architectural pedagogy that cultivates in students the potential of becoming agents of their own progress and the one of their communities.

Fidel’s research focuses on philosophical approaches, mainly through phenomenology, to relationships between spatiality, temporality and architectural places, as well as on collective memory, heritage conservation, cultural identity and perceptions of wellbeing. He has contributed with articles in books, journals and conferences at international level. He is peer reviewer and member of editorial committees for several publications in the UK and abroad.

In practice, he worked extensively in design and building in Italy, Mexico and Central America in numerous projects, from housing to shopping centres, performing in both, the conceptual stages and the building execution.

Area of expertise

Architectural phenomenology

Architectural pedagogy

Philosophy of conservation

Cesare Brandi's Theory of Conservation


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