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- Professor of Architecture and Global Culture
- The Bartlett School of Architecture
- The Bartlett School
- Faculty of the Built Environment
I am a qualified architect and academic who studied for five degrees at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture before working in architectural practice and starting upon my teaching career at Oxford Brookes University and then the University of Westminster. I took up my current post as Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the UCL Bartlett in July 2011. Previously I was the Director of Design at Oxford Brookes and the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research at Westminster.
I have also had extensive involvement in academic strategy and administration, especially in relation to professional organisations. Currently I am a member of the RIBA Awards Group, which amongst its other duties selects the annual shortlist for the Stirling Prize. I served as a member of the ARB/RIBA Visiting Board Pool from 2000-05, acting as a Chair of Visiting Boards for the latter part of this period. I also served on the ARB Assessment Panel from 2000-05. I was a member of the team that in 2000 wrote the first-ever undergraduate QAA Benchmark Statement for Architecture. I have been an external examiner for a range of Part 1- and Part 2- accredited courses at institutions such as Bath University, Nottingham University, University of East London and Westminster University, as well as on MA courses at University College Dublin, University College London, etc. I was specially appointed as the Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Malaysia from 2005-08. I have also acted as an external examiner for many PhD theses in Britain, Ireland and Australia.
I have been asked at various points to provide external scrutiny or advice/mentoring for courses at the UCL Bartlett, Central St Martin’s College of Art, Scott Sutherland School, Innsbruck University and the Technical University of Malaysia. I am currently the senior academic advisor for setting up an entire new university in Karachi in Pakistan, to be called the Nazeer Hussain University.
Over the years I have given many keynote lectures on various aspects of architectural design, architectural history & theory, urbanism and architectural education at institutions in Britain, Ireland, continental Europe, USA, Australia, Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore and elsewhere; such talks include the 2002 RIBA National Conference in Birmingham and the 2010 Graduate Research Conference at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. I was also invited to run the Design Research forum at the major international Oxford Conference on Architectural Education in 2008. In regard to design, I was awarded a Special Mention in the 2004 RIBA London House of the Future competition.
I have published extensively on architectural design, architectural history & theory, urbanism and post-colonial cultural studies. Currently I am the co-editor of The Journal of Architecture, a leading international refereed journal published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis and which is included on the ISI Web of Science Arts and Humanities citation list. My last book, Architecture and the Special Relationship, published with Routledge, won the 2008 RIBA Presidents Award for Outstanding University-Located Research and the 2008 Bruno Zevi Book Prize from the International Committee of Architectural Critics for the best architectural book anywhere in the world in the previous year. I was also shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA Presidents Award for Outstanding University-Located Research as the co-creator of the Archigram Archival Project, a groundbreaking free online resource that collects together 10,000 drawings and other design material by the celebrated 1960s and 70s architectural group, Archigram. We have just had our 100,000th visitor to the website, which has attracted uniformly positive reviews. The Archigram Archival Project was funded with a £305,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. As a qualified architect, I have more recently jointly set up the Palestinian Regeneration Team (PART) to carry out a number of design projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
I was appointed as a member of the H30: Architecture and Built Environment sub-panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. I also conceived and organised the highly successful RAE2008 submission for the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster. More recently I have been appointed as the Chair of the RIBA Research and Innovation Group, a major committee within that professional body, and for many years now have been serving on the RIBA Research Trust Awards Sub-Committee. Recently I have launched a major new book series with Ashgate on Design Research in Architecture along with my UCL colleagues Professor Jonathan Hill and Professor Jane Rendell, and also Professor Teddy Cruz from the University of California at San Diego/Estudio Teddy Cruz.
Furthermore, I was a co-founder and then a steering group member for many years for the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), and am now an active committee member of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN). I also sit on the research committee of the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) and am the UCL Bartlett representative on the European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture (ENHSA).
My teaching spans a wide field of architectural design and architectural history & theory, and in recent years I have been teaching mainly at postgraduate level. Students that I have taught have won many prizes and competitions. In terms of students submitting design studio projects, this includes the Archiprix International Competition First Prize, Archiprix International Honourable Mention (twice), RIBA Silver Medal Commendation (twice), RIBA Serjeant Part 2 Drawing Prize, RIBA iGuzzini Part 2 Prize, etc. In terms of architectural history & theory, no fewer than 8 of my students have won the RIBA President's Dissertation Medal (some under its previous title), by far the most of any tutor in the field, and as such I have been awarded the Dissertation Tutor of the Year on several occasions. Two of my doctoral students have been shortlisted for the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis. My students' work has been exhibited at the Venice Art Biennale, Venice Architectural Biennale, RA Summer Exhibition, D3 Gallery in New York, etc.
In terms of actual courses, I coordinated the BA Hons in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and then set up the MA Architecture and Cultural Studies at that institution, which was the first course of its kind anywhere in Britain. At the University of Westminster I ran the Graduate Diploma in Architecture and also helped to launch the highly innovative MA Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation course. Meanwhile, I also set up the Architecture PhD programme at Westminster University, including a new PhD by Design route, building up a sizeable cohort of doctoral students from scratch.
|01-JUL-2011||Professor of Architecture and Global Culture||Bartlett School of Architecture||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-APR-2003 – 30-JUN-2011||Professor of Architecture / Director of Research||Architecture||University of Westminster, United Kingdom|
|01-JAN-1990 – 31-MAR-2003||Senior Lecturer, then Professor of Architecture||Architecture||Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom|
|01-OCT-1987 – 30-SEP-1989||Part-Time Lecturer||Bartlett School of Architecture||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-JUL-1981 – 31-DEC-1989||Architect||Architype Architects, etc., United Kingdom|
|1993||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||University College London|
|1984||Prof_Cert||Professional Certification||Royal Institute of British Architects|
|1983||Prof. Prac||Professional Practice||University College London|
|1983||MSc||Master of Science||University College London|
|1981||Dip.||Diploma||University College London|
|1979||BSc||Bachelor of Science||University College London|