Lorna McNeur has researched and lectured in Architecture since 1982 in the USA, Canada, and the UK: at The Cooper Union in New York, Carleton University in Ottawa, and the University of Cambridge.
Lorna has also practised architecture intermittently since 1980; in New York at SOM, small firms, and independently in Canada and the UK.
She was a full time Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Cambridge for sixteen years from 1989–2005, teaching design studio and lecturing in the history and theory of urban public space and garden design philosophy. She continued consulting work at the Department as an Affiliated Lecturer until 2009. Lorna is currently a Consultant at the Department with IDBE, as a Tutor, Director of Studies, Supervisor, and Examiner.
She has conducted in-depth studies on the planning principles of New York City and Central Park, as well as Rome and Environs. These have been approached from history, theory, and philosophy perspectives with a view towards informing contemporary design of urban public space. In particular, she studies the relationships between the planning of gardens and the planning of cities (eg: NYC and Central Park), and how the two can inform each other about sustainable and contemporary public space issues; including urban theatricality. She welcomes research communication and/or proposals on urban public space internationally and/or specifically, New York’s Broadway and various public and green spaces, as well as investigations into Roman urban public space.
Lorna has also completed an advanced training and practiced in Body Psychotherapy. She integrates her architecture and psychotherapy work into Environmental Psychology; working with issues such as environment and emotions, spatiality and perception.
She has lectured, published and exhibited her work internationally, most notably in New York: at the Guggenheim, The Cooper Union, and Art Forum; in London at the Architectural Association (AA Files); and in Cambridge UK at The Fitzwilliam Museum.
Lorna was a Fellow in Architecture at Lucy Cavendish College for twenty years from 1989–2009. She is now an Emeritus Fellow of LCC.