In 2017 Lucy joined Manchester School of Architecture as Senior Lecturer with the remit to expand connections between practice and academia. Prior to this she spent three years at The University of Huddersfield as Senior Lecturer in Urban Design following a teaching fellowship with Professor Matthew Carmona at the Bartlett School of Planning. In 2013 she completed her PhD at Edinburgh College of Art.
Her research focuses on the relationship between theory and praxis in the built environment, the use of tacit knowledge in the design process, design and creative practice as research methodologies. Alongside this, she contributes to teaching in the School's MArch atelier 'Continuity in Architecture'.
Current projects include a book co-authored with David Rudlin of URBED about how paradigms in the field of urban design have developed through drawing, to be published by Routledge in 2018. In 2016 she contributed a chapter exploring the role of urban design theory in the phenomenon of 'placelessness' for an edited book organised by The University of New South Wales, Sydney, also published by Routledge.
She has previously tutored postgraduate urban design students at Edinburgh College of Art and undergraduate architecture students at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Lucy has worked for architectural firms in both London and Melbourne, on a wide variety of projects in terms of scale and covering retail, residential, regeneration and masterplanning. In the course of her studies was awarded the Andrew Grant Bequest, shortlisted for the Urban Design Group's Student Awards and nominated for the RIAS Student Awards for Architecture.