Mr Neil Stacey

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7411


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Personal profile

Neil's primary roles is as course leader the BA(Hons) Architecture course (RIBA Part 1 exempt). 

He contributes to teaching across a number of areas including architectural design, architectural technique (technology) and professional practice.

On three occasions he has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, one of a very small number of DMU staff given this award on more than one occasion, and in November 2021 he was awarded "Most Collegiate Lecturer" in the ADH Faculty Research and Teaching Awards. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Teaching Academy.

Prior to entering higher education, he designed a number of RIBA award winning buildings (with Smith Roberts), as well as the national winner of the UK Prime Minister's Best Public Building Award in 2002 (with Alec French). His practice years included two years sabbatical working for Sustrans and pursuing his interest in the sustainable design of better cities. The work underpinned the co-creation of Sustrans' Liveable Neighbourhoods project with Peter Lipman. The genesis of this project revolved around EU funded partner-city projects, one led by Bristol with Bremen (D), Nantes (F), Aalborg (Dk) and Kaunas (LT), the other led by Swindon with Hilversum (NL) and La Courneuve, Paris (F). 

His primary research interest is in architecture, health and well-being. 

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

  • Architecture & Well-being
  • Urban design - naked street design and human centred urbanism
  • Teaching & Learning - pedagogies of architecture and design

Areas of teaching

  • Current (2021-22): 1st, 2nd and 3rd year technology, including module leadership of 1st and 3rd year; 3rd year professional practice; PG professional practice.
  • Previous teaching: BA 1st Year Leader & Studio Lead (2018-19); BA 2nd Year Leader & Studio Lead (various years); BA 3rd Year Leader & Studio Lead (various years); BA 1st year technology leader (various years); BA 2nd year technology leader (various years); BA 3rd Year Professional Practice leader (various years); MArch Professional Practice Leader (various years); MArch Design Studio tutor (various years); RIBA Part III Examiner (2008 - 2020) and lecturer contributions (2016-2019)


  • ARB Registered Architect // RIBA Member
  • BA (RIBA Part 1); PGDip (RIBA Part 2); PGCert (RIBA Part 3) - all University of Sheffield
  • PGCertHE - DMU

Honours and awards

  • 2021: Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (DMU);
  • 2020: DMULocal+ Project Award (financial support)
  • 2019: DMULocal+ Pilot project award (financial support - 1 of 4 pilots, only non-professor leading a pilot)
  • 2017: Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (DMU);
  • 2017: HEIF Award 
  • 2013: Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (DMU);
  • 2002: National winner of Prime Ministers Better Public Building Award (Alec French Architects)
  • 2000: RIBA Regional Awards: Dursley Surgery (Smith Roberts Associates)
  • 1999: RIBA Regional Awards: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Smith Roberts Associates)
  • 1991: HK Stephenson Scholarship (University of Sheffield)

Membership of external committees

Leicester Conservation Advisory Panel;

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • ARB
  • RIBA
  • Leicester Conservation Advisory Panel
  • Leicester Urban Observatory (co-founder)

Professional licences and certificates

ARB Registered UK Architect

Education projects / pedagogy research

  • Fostering Design Confidence - 2018-19; developing confidence in Level 4 undergraduate students of architecture in a large cohort;
  • RIBA EM Inter-School Design Charette - 2018; Corah Gateway Leicester; inaugral Inter-School Charette involving students of architecture from DMU, Nottingham Trent; Lincoln; Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough Universities.
  • Interdisciplinary Informal Studio - 2016-17; collaboration between DMU Masters of Architecture students and Loughborough University Masters of Graphic Design and Visualisation students
  • Leicester Atelier - 2015-2018; exploration of learning opportunities via a 'practice' within Leicester School of architecture, including student led architecture model-making consultancy.
  • Saffron Lane Education Project - 2012-13; Live Project offering optional pathway through Level 5 design technology
  • Architecture Study Trips - study trip design and leadership for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to a variety or EU destinations including Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Andalucia, Berlin, Paris.