Dr Tom Bellfield BA(Hons) March PhD

Senior Architectural Designer

Tom studied architecture at Sheffield University and has worked in practice on a variety of educational, residential, and healthcare projects, including the alterations and repair to listed and historic buildings, schools, houses and ancient barns.


Interested in the social and educational potential of participatory design practices, he has been involved in a variety of projects that sought to engage with different groups of people through both design and construction in primary and secondary education as well as the third sector.  Tom recently completed his PhD at the Faulty of Education at the University of Cambridge, with SCABAL studio, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) scheme.  This doctoral research investigates the educational potential of practising spatial design within primary and secondary school education in England.


You can check out Tom’s current research which investigates the relationship between Architecture and Education through the lens of school design, focussing on use practices of  material and care.  You can check out his paper here:


Negotiating school as place:  https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.49513

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