Staff profile

Valeria Carnevale

Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice and Senior Lecturer in Architecture


Architectural Technologies and Interior Architecture


College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am an architect with a masters in archaeology, meaning I love not only contemporary architecture but also it's history.

Here at the University of Derby I also have the role of programme leader for the Architectural Technology course this means I overview modules, tutors and students within the programme. I also teach in both architectural courses.

I have a keen interest in teaching and pedagogy for which I am involved in the outreach scheme providing lectures, workshops and other built environment 'fun' activities to younger -and older- audiences across the county.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities are in the year 1 and 2 Studio Design modules where I teach you how to design and draw buildings, internally and externally. It is a module that will challenge your thinking and creative skills.

I also teach both years of the History and Theory of architecture module and for those coming to do the year zero I teach Construction Sciences.

Finally in the higher years I am responsible to supervise dissertations and PhD's related to Pedagogy or Historical aspects of architecture. 

Professional interests

As and architecture professional I am still engaged in design though personal projects and counselling for old clients. I also design my own furniture and house interiors.

I like to travel and visit as many famous -and not so famous buildings around the world. I sketch plans and diagrams and I am passionate about photographing them. I then use these images in lectures.

I volunteer, whenever possible in archaeological digs and I am member of 'Southwell Archaeology Group'.

Research interests

My research interests encompass everything I have said, from pedagogy and teaching to architecture and building design. Especial emphasis on building design and the architect's thoughts  now and through history. Finally, my hobby, Roman archaeology in particular Roman glass.

Membership of professional bodies

HEA Fellow

IHBC Affiliate Member

Cedula Profesional: Direccion General de Profesiones, Mexico.

Southwell Archaeology Group


BArch + Dip (5 years taught Architecture degree)

Diploma/Certificate in Urban Design

MA in Archaeology

PG cert HE

Recent conferences

ArchTheo, Istambul 2016

Design Principles and Practice, Vancouver 2014

Experience in industry

I worked for nearly 10 years as partner in the Architecture Practice in Mexico City. As partner of a small practice my responsibilities included client-architect meetings, team management and construction supervision and management, and off course the most important and interesting part, the design!

Most re-knowned clients were: Generali Asicurazione, Mexico; TERPEL S.A. de C.V. Microherros; NYCE Laboratorios; NYCE and MA y P. For these clients designs included building, interior architecture and interior design as well as furniture design and special factory features and spaces.

International experience

Worked in  Italy for a restauration company participating in the restoration of the frescos of the Cathedral of the city of Novara and architectural surveys.

Partner in Meraz Arquitectos practice in Mexico City especialised in office and housing projects; interior and furniture design, construction management.

Teaching architecture design and model-making at the Universidad Anahuac, Mexico.

Teaching architecture design and history at Nottingham and Derby Universities.

Additional interests and activities

Archaeological Diggs


In the media

Recent publications

Collaborator in the book: Remarkable Buildings of the World.

Diatreta Cups, Light in Roman Dining Spaces

To Design or To Draw: Two different verbs, two different abilities, one result

Thinking Architecture as Art: Cesare Brandi and his Conservation Philosophy

Mexico as another non-place: utopia, the museum and the problem of identity

La Enseñanza del Taller de Primer Año a Través de un Sistema Holístico e Interdisciplinario en las Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Derby y de Nottingham.