Ksenia Nikolaeva

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Areas of interest: Urban planning, elevated walkways, site analysis, land use data, including land use mapping, visual impact assessment, conceptual planning, master planning, author's supervision.

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Design and a part of the urban informatics group within the QUT Design Lab. My background is in architecture and urban planning.

PhD Research

My PhD research focuses on the design of elevated walkways.  Bridges today facilitate not only for overcrossing of obstacles but also as a place for recreation and the second urban level connecting buildings and urban areas. Despite a variety of bridges nowadays, approaches to their design are still based on the direct purpose focusing on aesthetic characteristics of their structure, rather than human experience. Nevertheless, it is crucial to recognise that the design of bridges still lags behind the needs of a practice. The reason for that is a lack of understanding of how people can use bridges, regardless of the design elements — insufficiently analysed human experiences of bridges. It is this interaction that allows the development of new theories and technologies for their design. The outcome of this PhD will be a new conceptual model for bridge design. The purpose of the model is to provide a theoretical understanding of how human perception is related to design elements of bridges to inform the design process for a pleasurable experience.


I graduated my Specialist Diploma in Architecture at Penza State University of Architecture and Construction, Russia, my GradCert in Geographic Information Science at the University of Queensland, Australia and my MSc in Advanced Urbanism at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. After my bachelor, I worked as an urban planner in Saint Petersburg and Seoul. I believe that an urban planner should have a broad outlook and critical thinking to define and analyse urban issues.

For my master thesis, I investigated the importance and the role of view corridors in the waterfront design as a tool to reconnect a city with its waterfront and to contribute to the overall city’s image, thus strengthening the competitiveness with other global cities.