Professor Paul Clarke

Professor of Architectural Design

Belfast School of Architecture & the Be

Belfast campus

Room BA-02-024,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,

Built Environment Research

Professor of Architectural Design

Professor Paul Clarke


Paul Clarke is Professor of Architectural Design at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. He is subject, academic and studio lead. He is a member of the Architectural Research Group where he is supervising a number of PhDs and leads the sub cluster Drawing: Methodology, Making and Media. His research explores architecture and film, the relationship between digital and analogue drawing, and hand-drawing and notebooks in contemporary critical practice.

He is a chartered architect and member of the RIBA, MRIAI, RIAS and RSUA. He was born and trained in Glasgow and has collaborated and worked with many architects, artists, composers, designers, and filmmakers on a range of works, exhibitions and events. His work has been published and exhibited Internationally.

He is currently an External Examiner in a number of architecture schools in the UK and Ireland, and is a Lead Examiner for the Architects Registration Board.

For Phaidon he collaborated on a number of publications in their Architecture and Detail series. He was part of an expert advisory panel working within the architect’s design team on the restoration of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art. He has drawings in the collections of The Centre for Scottish Design- The Lighthouse, and the Royal Scottish Academy and the Glasgow School of Art.

He was the curator of a two year touring exhibition and research project called The Secret Laboratory on Architects’ sketchbooks. He directed and produced the film Drawing on Life which has been shown at a series of International film festivals in America, Canada and Europe.

His recent book Notations edited and produced with Peter Maybury is a folio collection of drawings by such internationally recognized architects and artist as Grafton Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Tom DePaor and Nigel Peake. He runs the WaterLands SuperStudio as part of the innovative vertical teaching structure developed in the school.