Oscar Brito

Senior Lecturer Stage 3 Leader, BA (Hons) Architecture: Spaces and Objects

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Oscar is an architect, designer and researcher. He holds an MPhil in architecture and urban studies from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. 

Oscar’s professional experience has been developed in Spain, Italy and the UK, working in different fields of architecture, communication and fashion design in Europe and Asia with his practice, Studio X. His design and research projects have been internationally published and exhibited. 

Oscar’s academic career has been developed at different universities throughout the UK, such as The University for the Creative Arts (UCA Canterbury) and the University of Sheffield before joining Central Saint Martins.

Oscar regularly participates in design reviews at UCA, Welsh School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. He has been an external advisor on the validation of the Interior Architecture course at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Oscar has managed different live projects at Central Saint Martins that focused on people’s interaction with the public space such as the Songboard, a temporary installation at King’s Cross Station, and the participatory process and design of the East West Link, a public promenade crossing Bemerton Estates in Islington, London.

Research interests

Public space and political action, architecture and participation, the right to the city, socially engaged spatial practices.

Research statement

Oscar’s teaching and research investigates the issues and potentials of public space as a complex and unstable articulation of heterogeneous agents and conditions that often creates contested territories of social, cultural and political exchange and interaction where the public quality is produced by a constant negotiation rather than resolution, not just in its physical production but also in its conceptualization. His main focus of research is on the role that the public space may have in the articulation of the political in our everyday life as a way of empowerment. Oscar is particularly interested in:

  • The agency that spatial and temporal juxtapositions and heterotopias, as defined by Henri Lefebvre, may in the enhancement of the social and political practices in contemporary metropolises, facilitating an active role of people in the production of the public space.
  • The role of spatial practices in supporting the resilience of existing urban cultures and identities affected by urban processes of spatial and socio-economical transformation.
  • The proactive investigation of strategic approaches to raise a pro-active, experimental participation and critical understanding of the relevance of the built environment in the enhancement of the social and political lives of stakeholders.