Miss Theodora Bowering (2015)
My time at the University of Cambridge began with an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies interrogating cities and their civic spaces through the lens of the elderly, research that the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is now supporting me to develop within a PhD. This work looks at how medicine, social sciences, philosophy, architecture and urbanism intersect with ageing at the scale of the body, the home, the institution and the city, revealing the need for age to be recognised as an arena of contestation and marginalisation, and for practices and forces to be explored as a rising source of social conflict and inequality in cities. My interest in these themes, in part, comes out of my architectural training at the University of Sydney and over six years of practice in Sydney and London working on residential, heritage and public buildings, developing skills from concept and detail design through to contract administration and office management. An understanding of health and ageing also comes from working with a range of health challenges within my family and through ten years volunteering with the Taoist Tai Chi Society. In addition I have four years design and communications studio tutoring and lecturing experience that has cemented my interest in and commitment to education. My ambition is to continue to teach and research within academia and contribute to urban communities, in particular the elderly, through design, policy, education, social and health initiatives.