Andrea has a broad, international background, both, in Architecture and Urban Design through her first degree in Architecture from Germany and postgraduate studies in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan (USA). She has researched the use of GIS for spatial planning by local authorities and has used GIS and spatial statistics during her doctorate to explore the relationship between socio-economic disparities and geopolitical fragmentation.
Dr Frank is an affiliate researcher of the Sustainable Places Research Institute. Her current research interests revolve around urban governance and political structures and how such structures affect urban and sustainable development of cities and city-regions (including the involvement of the public in planning and design).
Andrea is a dedicated educator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is recognised for expertise in planning education and pedagogy. Amongst other topics she has explored issues such as research-led teaching, enhancing student employability and creative, imaginative curricula design. Since 2007 she is active in the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), serving as the Association’s representative to the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) and by chairing the planning education tracks at the Association’s annual conferences. She is regularly invited to advise on planning education and pedagogy matters. For examples she served as external advisor for the planning programme review at Heriot-Watt University (2010) and on the AESOP advisory team providing strategic development guidance for the planning programme at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria).
- Andrea will speak on the theme of “Planning education - marginal interface or as central opportunity space?” at an invited workshop at Gdansk Technical University and has contributed a workshop to the PLANET Europe conference on 20 September 2012 in Nijmegen.
- Based her experience in planning education and pedagogy Dr. Frank has been awarded an Innolecture Guest Professorship by the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft and the Carl-Zeiss Foundation for six months (1. June – 30 November 2012) at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany. During her time there, she will be introducing new reflective teaching and learning approaches to enhance the quality of provision at her host institution.
- In February 2012 Andrea was a finalist for the RTPI Excellence in Teaching and Learning for her hands-on community involvement module on the MA Urban Design.
Practical Leadership for University management certificate, Institute of Leadership and Management through Cardiff University (2009).
Doctor in Philosophy (PhD), Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - USA, (2000).
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - USA, (1994).
Certificate in Gaming/Simulation Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - USA, (1994).
Diplom-Ingenieur (Architecture), University of Stuttgart - Germany, (1990).
Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, (2009 - Present)
Deputy Director for CEBE (Housing, Planning, Transport), Cardiff University (2009 - 11).
Lecturer, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Research Fellow, Cardiff University, (2000 - 2009).
Research and Teaching, University of Michigan - Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems/ Spatial Data Accuracy/ Intelligent Transportation Systems Application Case Study, (1995 - 1999).
Consultant, Haas + Partner, Stuttgart, Germany - International Standardisation of 3D Data Exchange, (1995 - 1995).
Research Assistant, University of Michigan - Developing a Policy Exercise for the sustainable development of the Great Lakes Ecosystem, (1992 - 1995).
Computer Aided Design in Architecture/Urban Design, RIB - Recheninstitut fürs Bauwesen, Stuttgart Germany, (1989 - 1991).
Designer, Team 23, Güglingen Germany, (1985 - 1989).
Awards and Prizes
6 month Innolecture Guest Professor Award of the Stifterverband der Dt Wissenschaft (June-November 2012).
8 Week DAAD Visiting Scholarship to Stuttgart Germany to develop relations and research governance structures (May – June 2011).
Finalist of RTPI Teaching Excellence Prize 2012.
Memberships / External Activities
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Executive committee member of Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
• Track chair for the Planning Education track
• Jury member for AESOP Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Co-Chair of the coordinating Committee of the Global Planning Association Network (GPEAN).
Advisory Board Member of SAGSAGA (Swiss Austrian German Simulation and Gaming Association).
Andrea teaches on the following modules at the School of Planning and Geography
- CP0121 Places and Plans (BSc CRP, year 1) - an introductory module to land use planning and urban design on the BSc City and Regional Planning.
- CP0334 Spatial Strategy Making (BSc CRP, year 4)
- CPT851 Studio II (MA Urban Design) Public participation techniques for community involvement in planning and design on the Master of Urban Design course
- Field Study Visits
Andrea also serves as placement tutor on the BSc CRP Sandwich year.
Outside Cardiff, Andrea has been invited to lecture on sustainable urban design at the Universidad del Bió-Bió in Concepción (Chile) as part of a British Council Link and at the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon on the use of GIS in planning practice. Under the Erasmus staff exchange scheme, Andrea teaches regularly at the Hochschule für Technik (Stuttgart, Germany) where she teaches "English for Planners" and "International Planning Principles under a Mathilde-Planck Grant on the Master of Urban Planning.
- Deputy Director of CPLAN’s Teaching and Learning committee.
- Chair of Board of Studies (CPLAN)
- Member of Cardiff University’s quality assurance and standards committee.
- Member on School IT committee (SITCOM).
Exploring City Regions (unfunded preliminary study)
With Kevin Morgan. This project let to a CPLAN working paper 186: Reinventing the city: The art of Metro-goverance in the Stuttgart Region.
Planning Education Provision Globally and in Europe.
This project resulted in an inventory of planning education programmes and to co-authoring Chapter 10 Planning Education, In 2009 UN Habitat Report on Global Settlement: Planning Sustainable Cities. U$ 1000.
Internationalisation In Higher Education (9/2006-2007)
An exploration of the meaning and interpretation of and problems and barriers to internationalisation by built environment academics. Details: http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/curriculum/index.php Grant to Centre for Education in the Built Environment (Sponsor: Higher Education Funding Council). Principal Investigator. £5,000.
Enhancing Student Employability (part I & II) (9/2003-8/2004 & 6/2005 – 10/2006)
http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/sig/year_out/index.php Grant to Centre for Education in the Built Environment (Sponsor: Higher Education Funding Council). Principal Investigator. £9,000 & £5,000.
Improving Creative Problem Solving Skills for Planning Students
8/2004 – 8/ 2005. Funding to support curriculum innovation focusing Personal/CPLAN (Cardiff University - Year of Skills Grant). Principal Investigator. £12,000.
Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning in Built Environment
April 2004 – August 2005. Details and results: http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/entrepreneurship/index.php Grant to Centre for Education in the Built Environment (Sponsor: UK Depart. for Education and Skills). Principal Investigator, £20,000.
Higher Education, Professionalism and Skills in the Built Environment:The impact of the New Urban Agenda on Teaching and Learning.(Sponsor: HEFCE/LTSN).
9/2001 – 2/2004. With Prof. Chris Webster. Results: http://www.cebe.heacademy.ac.uk/learning/sig/planning/index.phpGrant to Centre for Education in the Built Environment Co-applicant with Chris Webster. Responsible for Project Management. £50,000.