Dr Hilary Kolinsky

Dr Hilary Kolinsky

Associate Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



I have worked in design / architectural practice for over twenty years with a diverse background that includes community engagement, neighbourhood planning, academic research, management, and teaching.   I'm a Director at Studio Skein, an architects co-op based in Plymouth, where I contribute to concept, planning, research and writing across a diverse range of projects. I have led the company's transformation to a co-operative structure, enrolling the staff team in a vision for the future based on fair shares and an equal say for all. I am particularly interested in asset based community development and the social / cultural tools that support it.

My PhD investigated the development of Plymouth’s post-war estates and I continue to champion Plymouth's 20th century heritage through Plymouth Architectural Trust and other community initiatives.


PhD, 2016, Falmouth University
AHRC funded investigation into the development of Plymouth’s post-war suburbs / estates.

MA (Dist), Design History, 2007, Falmouth University

BA (Hons), Applied Arts, 2000, Plymouth College of Art & Design

Professional membership


Roles on external bodies

Non-executive Director, Plymouth Energy Community

Vice-Chair, Hoe Neighbourhood Forum



Teaching interests

Feb - Mar 2022 Associate Lecturer, HTTC Tutor

Sep 18 - Jun 2020 Associate Lecturer, Design Studio Tutor

Oct 16 - Jan 2017 Associate Tutor, HTTC Tutor

Oct 12 - May 2014 Associate Tutor, HTTC Tutor

Oct 11- Dec 2011 Associate Lecturer, Histories & Theories, Falmouth University