Dr Ruth Lang
BiographyRuth is a writer, curator, senior lecturer, and a qualified architect with a broad range of experience from small-scale art installations to the delivery of London 2012 Olympic venue projects.
She has lectured in professional practice and guided postgraduate research at University of the Creative Arts (Canterbury) and London Metropolitan University (CASS), led design studios at the University of Portsmouth and University of Brighton, and run experimental short-term multi-media charettes at Newcastle University.
Alongside this, she is an editor for Architectural Research Quarterly, and writes for a broad range of non-academic publications, including Volume, Architectural Review, Architect’s Journal, and Modernist magazine (for which she has guest edited an issue on the theme of the ‘Invisible’).
Her interest in current and historical professional practice investigates the means by which architects establish professional networks across the boundaries of art, politics, economics and social structures. Her work exploring the hidden influences and practitioners of architecture has formed the basis for a three-part exhibition with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and a photographic series exhibited at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings in 2018. Ruth was shortlisted to curate the British pavilion at the 2020 Venice Biennale alongside architects OMMX and curator Brendan Cormier. The genealogy of design which can be traced through these ephemeral connections beyond the canon of architecture has fed into her PhD at Newcastle University (completed 2019) investigated the tension between bureaucracy and creativity in the work of the of the London County Council Architect’s Department from 1943-1965.
- Lang R. Livestreaming Sets (2021)
- Lang R. Remote Viewing (2020)
- Lang R. Iconic Ordure (2017)
- Lang R. In-House: The Council Architect (2017)
- Lang R. Making Plans: The Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (2016)
- Lang R. Book review: Raw Concrete, the Beauty of Brutalism (2016)
Conference, Symposium or Workshop item
- Lang R. The Sociologist Within: The Disappearing Case of Margaret Willis in the LCC Architect’s Department (2019)
- Lang R. Orchestration of an Organisation: Redevelopment in Planning and Practice (2018)
- Lang R. Planning, Design and Society (2018)
- Lang R. Between the Material and the Immaterial: The Power of Paperwork (2017)
- Ruth L. London County Council : A Plan for the Model Community (2017)
- Lang R. Innovation in 1960s Architecture: The London County Council Architects' Department (2016)
- Lang R. Behind door 671 : forging the tectonics of the London County Council Schools Division (2016)
- Lang R. Structures of policy : Building Bulletin in Postwar Britain (2016)
- Lang R. What made the LCC Architects' Department so different, so appealing? Small stories from the world's largest architectural department (2016)
- Lang R. Conversation Pieces: What We Talk About When We Talk About FASHION/ARCHITECTURE (2018)
- Lang R. ♀Architects (2018)
- Novella C, Butler T, Lang R. Neighbourhood Number Nine: New Futures (2017)
- Ince C, Manton S, Lang R. Neighbourhood Number Nine: New Horizons 1950s – 1980s (2017)
- Lang R, Collard P. Lansbury Micro Museum : Neighbourhood Number Nine (2016)
Architecture, spatial and interior design