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Lucy joined the University of Huddersfield in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Urban Design. Prior to this she was a Teaching Fellow in Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. In this role she was involved in the development of two new courses – an MRes in Inter-disciplinary Urban Design, which she co-directed with Prof. Matthew Carmona, and an MSc in Urban Design & City Planning.

From 2009 to 2013 Lucy completed her PhD at Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh, entitled ‘Designing the Urban: Reflections on the role of theory in the individual design process’, which was examined by Prof. John Punter and Prof. Richard Coyne. She also holds an MSc in Urban Design with Disctinction, a Diploma in Architecture and Urban Design with Disctinction (ARB Part II) and a BArch (Hons) 1st Class (ARB Part I) from the same institution.

She has previously tutored postgraduate urban design students at Edinburgh College of Art and undergraduate architecture students at Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. Lucy has worked for architectural and urban design firms in London and Melbourne, on a wide variety of projects in terms of scale and covering retail, residential, regeneration and masterplanning.

Research and Scholarship

Dr Montague’s research engages with the field of urban design and focusses primarily on the relationship between theory and praxis in the built environment, the creative process and research by design methodologies.

Her current projects include a book, to be published by Routledge in 2017, about the ways in which urban design concepts are represented and communicated in drawings and models, co-authored with Dr Mike Biddulph of Cardiff University. She is also working with her colleagues at The University of Huddersfield, Prof. Steve Swindells and Dr Anna Powell, on using connections between urban design, art and cultural economy as a theoretical platform for creative public engagement in the local area. Lucy is in the process of producing a review of current urban design theory and literature with Hooman Foroughmand Araabi at The Bartlett, UCL; and she is contributing a chapter that explores the concept of place and placelessness from a design perspective, for a publication organised by The University of New South Wales, Sydney. She regularly reviews papers related to urban design for international journals.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Montague, L (2016) ‘Theory’s Role in Placelessness’. In: Place and Placelessness Revisited. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 49-60. ISBN 9781138937116


2014 - Review of Masters in Urban Design for The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne.
2014 - Invited speaker at Place & Placelessness Symposium, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
2012 – Scientific committee member and session chair, Fragile International Conference, Sint Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent.
2009 – Recipient of the Andrew Grant Bequest .
2009 – Shortlisted for the Urban Design Group Student Awards.
2009 – Nominated for the RIAS Student Awards for Architecture.

Research Degree Supervision

Dr Montague would be prepared to supervise PhDs in the following areas:

  • Urban design (design aspects; theory; participatory processes; health & built environment; public and private sector practice; influences on urban form and structure; design and development briefing)
  • Research by design and practice-based research
  • Creative and design processes

At present, Lucy is supervising PhDs which investigate the sustainable community movement in Hebden Bridge; and the social housing agenda of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation.

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Enterprise Activities

2011 - Evaluation of Charette Mainstreaming Programme for The Scottish Government & Austin Smith Lord

Teaching and Professional Activities

Lucy is currently involved in developing a new MA in Urban Design at The University of Huddersfield, to commence in 2015.

She also teaches elements of the BA (Hons) in Architecture (ARB Part I) and the MArch (ARB Part II). This includes TMA1603 ‘Integrated Urban Design & Architecture’, TIA1840 ‘Design Studio 3: Place & Architecture’, TIA1841 ‘Design Studio 4: Integrated Design’, TMA1160 ‘Masters Dissertations’ and TMA1415 ‘History & Theory’.