I am a researcher, educator and architect, and Professor of Architecture at Central Saint Martins, UAL, attached to the Spatial Practices programme.
As a researcher my work has focussed on the social and political aspects of architecture and design. First is Flexible Housing, written with Tatjana Schneider. Next in 2009, Architecture Depends published by MIT Press, which is my main statement of intellectual and practical intent. Then in 2011 Spatial Agency, written with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider, which has the subtitle: Other Ways of Doing Architecture. All three of these won the RIBA President’s Award for Research – a unique sequence of success in this prestigious award. From 2010-2013 I worked on a major EU funded research project on scarcity and creativity, resulting in the book The Design of Scarcity. Most recently I was awarded, again with Tatjana Schneider, a AHRC/DFG grant for a project entitled Architecture after Architecture, researching the way that climate breakdown might impact the future of architecture and spatial practice. I am doing this research as part of the collective MOULD. More details of my research and outputs are on the UAL Researchers site.
As an educator, I was Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of UAL from 2012-2022, as well as being the university lead on climate emergency. Prior to this I was Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster (2008 -2012) and Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield (1999-2008).
By background I am an architect, best known for my work with Sarah Wigglesworth, including our much publicised house and office, 9 Stock Orchard Street, which won the RIBA Sustainability Prize as well as being featured in the first series of the TV programme Grand Designs.
As a curator, I have curated the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale, co-curated (with teams from Central Saint Martins) the UK Pavilion at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale and the London Pavilion at the 2018 Shanghai Urban I as a trustee of the New Economics Foundation, a leading think tank devoted to researching and promoting new forms of economics. My own website has more details and links to all my publications.
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