Dr Jamileh Manoochehri

Job: Associate Professor Academic

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Research group(s): Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7418

E: jmanoochehri@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/lsa


Personal profile

I am an educator and an architect. I graduated from Architectural Association School of Architecture, obtained PhD from Development Planning Unit, Bartlett, University College London. In architectural practice for nearly 20 years before entering academia. At Leicester School of Architecture, taught and led design and History, Theory and Criticism Modules in undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Supervising PhD students. Successful completion on the Hermeneutics of the Arab Suq.

Research group affiliations

  • Institute of Architecture
  • The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Publications and outputs

Politics of Social Housing in Britain, 2012, published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Single Author Book
Book Chapter
Social Sustainability and the Housing Problem, Building Sustainable
Futures, Springer International Publishing (2015)
3rd book on Springer Series on Smart Futures, Challenges
of Urbanisation and Social Sustainability, ed. Dastbaz, M., Naude, W., Manoochehri, J.
Book Chapter
Social Sustainability, Housing and Alienation, Smart Futures, Challenges of Urbanisation and Social Sustainability, Springer International Publishing AG. (2018)

Research interests/expertise

My PhD is in social policy and the impact of social values on social housing standards. My current interest is in the impact of neoliberal policies and the commodification of housing on limiting access to housing, as well as the concept of spatial agency in the built environment.

Areas of teaching


  • Lead in Humanities teaching across the School of Architecture
  • Module Leader - History, Theory and Criticism at post graduate level
  • Programme Leader - Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice - Part 3
  • Design Studio at undergraduate and post graduate levels
  • BA3 Design Studio theme: Re-imagining Production, debating the push for growth and the excessive waste of a consumerist economy, and the search for self-agency.



  • PhD on Housing standards and Social Values - University College London
  • Professional Practice - Part 3 - University of Westminster - London (PCL)
  • Architecture Degree (Part 1 and Part 2) Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • Higher Certificate in Teaching - De Montfort University

Courses taught

M Arch, PG Dip Architectural Practice

Membership of external committees


  • Member of RIBA validation Board - 2013-2015
  • Reviewer - Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (2020-present) 

Membership of professional associations and societies


  • ARB - Registered Architect - ARB 053558C
  • RIBA - member - 6275221
  • APSA - Association of Professional Studies Advisors in Architecture
  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016
  • AHRA - Member of the Steering Group of Architectural Humanities Research Association


  • Professional work published in Architecture Today journal, and the RIBA Journal
  • (1999-2003).
  • Several architectural projects I have contributed to have won awards, for example:
  • School of Slavonic and and East European Studies, UCL, with Short and Associates, RIBA
  • Awards winner (2006)

Conference attendance

  • Sense of Home and the Aftermath of Dispersal paper presented at the International Conference of European Network for Housing Research: More together, More apart: Migration, Densification, Segregation, Uppsala, Sweden (June 2018)
  • Housing in the context of alienation and self-agency, Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis: Policy, Planning, Design and Delivery, John Moores University, Liverpool (2016).
  • ENHR conference: Marginalisation of Social Housing and Social Cohesion,
  • European Network for Housing Research, Edinburgh (2014).
  • Densification in Social Housing, RIBA Research Matters, London (2013)
  • Organiser and Chair - Symposium: Housing, Commodification and Alienation – with Professor Lorretta Lees, Dr. Frances Hollis, Dr. Konstantina Kalfa, and Manos Zaroukas, on gentrification, commodification, and housing, held on 15th November 2017 at Castle Business School, DMU.
  • Co-organiser of ‘The Communicative Role of Architecture’ in 2009, with Dalibor Vesely, Alberto Perez Gomez, Joseph Rykwert and David Leatherbarrow.

Consultancy work

Private architectural consultancy

Current research students

Tabea Latocha - Financialisation of Social Rented Housing (second supervisor).

Case studies

My book: Politics of Social Housing has been given a 4* rating.

The Politics of Social Housing in Britain