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Professor of Architecture, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Ruth Conroy Dalton is a British architect, author and Professor of Architecture at Northumbria University. She has authored or contributed to more than 200 publications. She is an expert in space syntax analysis, pedestrian movement and wayfinding and a world-leading authority on the overlap between architecture and spatial cognition.

As a licensed architect, she has worked for Foster + Partners and Sheppard Robson Architects and key projects upon which she has worked include the Carré d'Art de Nîmes, in France and the Valencia Congress Centre, in Spain. She has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Northumbria University, where she was Head of Department for the Architecture and Built Environment Department, the first woman to hold the post. In 2019 she became the Inaugural/Founding Professor of Architecture and the first Head of the Lancaster School of Architecture at Lancaster University, before returning to Northumbria University in 2022.


  • 2019–present
    Founding Professor of Architecture, Lancaster University
  • 2010–2019
    Chair professor, The University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  • 2004–2010
    Associate professor, University College London
  • 2001–2004
    Assistant lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology


  • 2001 
    University College London, PhD
  • 1996 
    University College London, MSc
  • 1991 
    University College London, BSc