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Mr James O'Leary
Room 4.20
The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
22 Gordon Street
Tel: +44 (0) 7985 076 679
Fax: +44 (0) 207 679 4831
  • Senior Lecturer
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
I am an architect and installation artist. I joined the Bartlett in January 2011 to take up the role of Lecturer in Innovative Technology and Design Realisation. I currently co-ordinate the M.Arch Design Realisation module.  Over the past fifteen years I have worked in design-led architecture practices in Ireland, the U.S. and the U.K. including - Hopkins, MasaStudio, SoftRoom and Theis & Khan and held positions in academia at Chelsea College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art. In 2004, I established (with poet Kristen Kreider) the London-based practice Kreider + O’Leary.  We collaborate to make performance, installation and time-based media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest.  Since 2003, we have worked collaboratively to construct work in prisons, churches, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens and desert environments, as well as in more traditional gallery venues across the UK, Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan. 
Research Summary

My research explores the inter-relationship between human beings and the spatial systems we inhabit, and the work spans the fields of architecture, art, film and performance, with particular focus on the way that inter-disciplinary practices can impact on the arena of architectural design, representation and spatial production. Specific interests include semiotic, interactive and reflexive systems in architecture; performative and site-specific practice in fine art and narrative construction and mediation in film and video. I am also interested in the representation and documentation systems deployed across these fields as part of their creative process.  Notable recent works are:  'This is the Interface' (Royal Academy, London 2017) 'Light Vessel Automatic' (Performing Architecture, Tate Britain, London 2013), and 'Edge City' (Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2013).  Recent publications include 'Falling' published by Copy Press in 2015 and Field Poetics published by Eros Press in 2016 (both co-authored with Dr. Kristen Kreider).  I am a member of the ‘Understanding Conflict’ Research Cluster at the University of Brighton, where I am a current recipient of an AHRC TECHNE doctoral award to research transformational architectural approaches to the contested spaces of the ‘interface areas’ of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Website: www.peacewall-archive.net

 Research Interests: Contemporary Art & Architecture, Situated Practices, Narrative Spaces, Urban Memory, Contested Space.

Teaching Summary

I currently lead the M.Arch Design Realisation module, which provides the opportunity for all Year 4 students to consider how buildings are designed, constructed and delivered. This programme works across all Masters Units in the Architecture School.  Students are asked to reflect upon their relationship to technology, the environment and the profession.  This is explored through an iterative critical examination of the major building design project taught within the context of individual design units in 4th year.  The course runs concurrently with The Building Project and is supported by an extensive lecture series, seminars, cross unit crits, with each design unit being mentored by a dedicated practice-based tutor and structural and environmental support from some of the worlds leading consultancies. 

I am currently developing a new UCL Masters course entitled MA Situated Practice, which is due to open in October 2017.  Website: www.situated-practice.net

01-JAN-2011 Lecturer in Innovative Technology and Design Realisation The Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
2011 Artist in Residence   The Centre for Creative Collaboration, United Kingdom
2009 Artist in Residence   The Centre for Drawing Project Space, United Kingdom
2006 BA Course Director & Principal Lecturer in Spatial Design Chelsea College of Art & Design University of the Arts,, United Kingdom
2005 – 2006 Visiting Lecturer Architecture department Royal College of Art, United Kingdom
2005 Artist in Residence   Limerick City Prison, Ireland
JUL-2004 – SEP-2004 Architecture Practice   Softroom 341, United Kingdom
MAY-2004 Architecture Practice   Kreider + O’Leary, United Kingdom
2004 – 2006 Senior Lecturer in Architecture Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Kingston University, United Kingdom
2004 Artist in Residence   Art Radionica Lazareti, Croatia
SEP-2002 – MAR-2004 Architecture Practice   Theis + Khan, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005 MArch Master of Architecture – Architecture University College London
2001 DipArch Diploma of Architecture – Architecture University College London
1996 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Architecture Kent Institute of Art and Design
1993 DipArch Diploma of Architecture – Architectural Technology Dublin Institute of Technology
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