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Cate is a design & architectural historian (BA Design History & The Visual Arts), and cultural historian (MA Cultural Studies), specialising in expressions of identity, identities of place and citizenship articulated through architecture, design, the built environment and visual arts practice. She has been a consultant and an invited speaker on the 1951 Festival of Britain (PhD). 

Passionate about design and being in dialogue with design students, Cate balences undergraduate and post-graduate history & theory teaching with studio teaching  in user-centred co-design and material culture.

A full-time Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture & 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield with 29 years of teaching undergraduate & postgraduate design students (architecture, fashion, fine art, furniture, graphics, interior design, photography, product design & textile crafts) in higher education. Cate has been an external examiner of art, architecture & design history, material culture, and cultural theory at Anglia Ruskin University (all undergraduate and postgraduate art & design courses), Falmouth School of Art (Product Design, Interior Design, and Craft), and Teesside University (Product Design, Interior design and Graphic Design).

Current teaching/ Supervision:

§PhD: Second Supervisor to 3 PhD by practice students:

James Allen: How design for wellbeing can affect vasomotor symptoms of menopausal women through the use of biofeedback technology

Emma Grain: Digital Fabrication of Multi Functional Wearable Textile Structures and Product

Jonathon Binder: Paxman Scalp Cooling Cap

Claire Diggle: Interior Design Title TBC

Post-graduate teaching

Masters in Arch

Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 2) Theories of Contemporary Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture

Architecture/ Architecture (International)BA: Architecture, design and art history, cultural theory, identity and placemaking (including post-covid cities), and dissertation supervision.

MA Interior Design

Critial reflection / Final major Project report

MA Product Design

Critial reflection / Final major project report / Studio final major project


Product Design BA & Product Design BSc:

Studio, design processes, design thinking, user-centred co-design, research methodologies, behavioral and cultural issues, and material culture.

Current roles:

Academic Researcher - Paxman Scalp Cooling Centre – Smart Grant – Innovate UK 2022 – present. Design Development Scalp Cooling Cap

Module Leader
Year 2 Lead BA/BSc Product Design
Placement Lead for Product Design
Care Leaver Mentor

Additional Unpublished Work

PhD. Identities of place: The 1951 Festival of Britain in Liverpool and York

This doctoral research investigated placemaking rhetoric, curatorial, and architectural practices in the planning, production, and consumption of the 1951 Festival of Britain between 1948 and 1951 in Liverpool and York. Stories encompassing design and architectures of modernity (‘live architecture’ - domestic new-builds and restorations), widening or contracting of participation in the cultural life of these cities, resurgence, good citizenship, good taste, civic, commercial, and cultural success, alongside the promotion of business, industrial and manufacturing capabilities, tidying schemes, cultural events and exhibitions, public and corporate celebrations, and civic ceremony. The Festival was a tool for protagonists in each city to counter, resurrect, maintain, or create fresh narratives of local, regional, and national identity. 

Irving, Henry, Benincasa-Sharman, Caterina, Evans, David, Evans, The Civic Front: Reframing Home Front Collections. Wakefield Museums & Castles', Museums and Academics Engagement event.


Unver, Ertu, Benincasa-Sharman, Caterina, Silkstone, Robert, Norris, Peter, Stockton, Glynn and Russel, Paul (2017) Design and Development of Alternative Vectorthotic Insole: Technical Report. Technical Report. Technical Report submitted to Healthy Step ltd.. (Submitted)

Unver, Ertu, Benincasa-Sharman, Caterina, li, Zixan, Markham, Rory and Bentum, Luke Van (2017) Visualising & Animating Vectorthotic Products. [Video] (Submitted)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Festival of Britain
  • Historical Representation
  • Architectural Visualisation


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