Costa Santos, Sandra


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Sandra Costa Santos is an architect and an academic, who graduated in Architecture (ETSAC, Spain) in 2000. Sandra practiced as an architect in UK and in Spain, until 2014. She first registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in 2002, and then with the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Galicia (COAG) in 2007. In 2011, Sandra was sought out to develop a bespoke CPD programme for the support office of the professional body for chartered architects in Galicia, Spain (CAT-COAG).    

Sandra has lectured since 2001 in a number of schools of architecture of various universities, including Robert Gordon University (UK), Northumbria University (UK), and CESUGA-University College Dublin (Spain), before joining University of Dundee as a full-time academic in 2018. Her scholarship has been validated by the relevant sector bodies in Spain (ACSUG) and in United Kingdom (HEA), where she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. She has been invited to deliver keynote presentations and to participate as external critic in interim reviews in Newcastle University and in Edinburgh University. She has also acted as External Examiner of the Architecture programmes in University College Dublin.

Following the completion of her PhD (2006), Sandra begun her research career in 2007. Directed by an interest on architectural space, her research is cross-disciplinary, and looks at the various ways in which architectural space is socio-culturally constructed and understood. Her approach to research is qualitative, and she is interested in both textual and visual methods. She has been a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and Department Ethics Lead for Architecture & Built Environment in Northumbria University. Sandra is the principal investigator on the research project ‘Place and Belonging: what can we learn from Claremont Court Housing Scheme?’ which was awarded a grant in 2015 from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


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Place and Belonging: what can we learn from Claremont Court Housing Scheme? AHRC (2016-18). Principal Investigator. Co-Investigators: Vanessa May, Stephen Hicks (Manchester University). £247,777

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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