Dr Anna Wakeford Holder

Lecturer Architecture & Design History & Theory, UCA Canterbury

Academic, Canterbury School of Architecture

Anna joined UCA in 2016. She also works in architectural practice with social enterprise practice Studio Polpo, and with Goode Architecture.

Prior to joining UCA,  Anna taught on the MArch and MA Urban Design courses at the University of Sheffield (2010-2014), and Masters design studio at Aarhus School of Architecture (2015-2016).
Anna trained in architecture at the University of Edinburgh and completed a dual MArch in architecture and town and regional planning, at the University of Sheffield. She has worked in architecture and urbanism design practice in the UK and the Netherlands, on projects ranging in scale from domestic conversions to new neighbourhoods.
Anna completed a PhD in Architecture at the University of Sheffield in 2014, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. From 2014-2015 she held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Aarhus School of Architecture, as part of the EU-funded creative practice research training network ADAPT-r.

Since 2010 Anna has been a Director at social enterprise architecture practice Studio Polpo, and in this role has been invited to speak on architecture and social enterprise in the UK and Finland.

Further information




Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Member of Architectural Humanities Research Association, and Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative
Editor of Field special issue on architectural education
Reviewer for Journal of Architectural Education
Invited architectural design critic at Aarhus School of Architecture (MArch), The University of Westminster (MArch and BA) and London Metropolitan University (BA).

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

Present | Plant Press’, Grant for arts project, with Studio Polpo and Anne-Laure Carruth. Funder: ‘Our Living Art’ Chobham Manor.
Studio Polpo selected as one of three UK architecture practices for the ‘New Architects: Finland_UK’ exchange programme. Funder: Architecture Foundation & Museum of Finnish Architecture.
2009-2012. PhD Studentship. Funder: Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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