I am Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts. Previously I was Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster and before that Head of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.
As an educator I am committed to the wider role that art and design can play in society. 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 series, Grand Designs.
In recent years I have turned my attention to writing, with a series of books, looking at 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. Most recently I worked on a major EU funded research project on scarcity and creativity, resulting in the book The Design of Scarcity.
Outside of practice and academia, I have curated the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale, co-curated (with a team from CSM) the UK Pavilion at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale and participated in the 2013 Lisbon Triennale. I am 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.