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Prof Murray Fraser
Wates House
22 Gordon Street
  • Professor of Architecture and Global Culture
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I am a qualified architect and academic who studied for five degrees at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture prior to working in architectural practices and starting upon my teaching career -- initially 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 School of Architecture in July  2011. Previously I had been the Director of Design at Oxford Brookes and the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research at Westminster.

I  have had extensive involvement in academic strategy and administration, especially in relation to professional organisations. I am a former member of the RIBA Awards Group, and served as a member of the ARB Assessment Panel and of the ARB/RIBA Visiting Board Pool from 2000-05 (including as Chair of Visiting Boards for the latter part of the period). I  was a member of the team that in 2000 wrote the first-ever undergraduate QAA Benchmark Statement for Architecture. I have been external examiner for a variety of Part 1 and Part 2 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, UCL, etc. I was specially appointed as 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, Belgium and Australia. I am a student mentor for the Stephen Lawrence Trust.

I have been asked at various points to provide external scrutiny and/or advice on courses and research programmes at the UCL Bartlett, Central  St  Martin’s College of Art, Scott  Sutherland School, Innsbruck University, KTH Stockholm, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Technical University of Malaysia, and Queensland University in Australia. I have been appointed as an assessor for the Australian Research Council. I am also currently the Executive Academic Advisor for an entire brand new university in Karachi  in Pakistan called  the Nazeer Hussain University, which took on its first-ever students in February 2014.

Over the years I have been invited to give lots of keynote lectures or seminars/workshops 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. I was invited for example  to run the 'Design Research' forum at the  international Oxford Conference on  Architectural Education in 2008, and more recently, in June 2013, I was appointed as a member of Guest Faculty for the Metropolis Masters Programme in Architecture and Urban Culture, run by the Universitat Pompey Fabre/Centre de Cultura Contemporaina in Barcelona. In regard to design work, I was awarded a Special Mention in the 2004 RIBA London 'House of the Future' competition. I am also helping to run the World Architectural Festival, a premier international practice event that is now being held annually in Singapore.

Research Summary

I am the Vice-Dean of Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, and the UoA Lead who was responsible for overseeing the Bartlett Faculty's 150-person submission for the REF 2014 research assessment exercise.

In terms of research, I have published extensively on architectural design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, globalisation, post-colonialism, design research and cultural studies. My book, Architecture and the Special Relationship (Routledge), won  the 2008 RIBA President's 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 published anywhere in the world in the previous year. Two new books, both with Ashgate, are edited volumes which are  respectively on Architecture and Globalisation in the Persian Gulf Region and on Design Research in Architecture. The latter is part of a major new book series with Ashgate, also titled 'Design Research in Architecture', which I co-founded and am co-editing with my UCL colleagues Professor Jonathan Hill and Professor Jane Rendell, plus Professor Teddy Cruz from UC San Diego/Estudio Teddy Cruz. 

I was shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-Located Research as co-creator of the Archigram Archival Project, a groundbreaking online resource that collects together 10,000 drawings and other material by the celebrated 1960s/70s architectural group, Archigram. This research project was carried out at Westminster University and was produced in conjunction with Dr Kester Rattenbury. We have just had our 150,000th 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 set up the Palestinian Regeneration Team (PART) to carry out a range of design projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with my colleagues Dr Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari. PART's contribution to the regeneration project for the historic centre of Birzeit, near Ramallah, carried out to great acclaim by RIWAQ -- a leading Palestinian NGO that is involved in historic conservation -- won a 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. PART was also commissioned to design and build the Palestinian Sunbird Pavilion for the British Council's 2012 International Art & Architecture Showcase/London Festival of Architecture in July-August 2012.

I served as a member of the H30: Architecture and Built Environment sub-panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and produced the RAE 2008 submission for the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster. Since then I have acted as external research advisor for twelve schools of architecture for the REF 2104 exercise. 

I am the Chair of the RIBA Research & Innovation Group, as well as Chair of the RIBA Research Trust Awards Sub-Committee. Within the RIBA I also sit on the Practice & Profession Committee and the Library & Drawings Collection Committee. I am the former editor of The Journal of Architecture (Routledge/RIBA), and am also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Architectural Education, published in the USA, and of Architectural Histories, the online journal of the European Architectural History Network. Furthermore, I was a co-founder and steering group member for many years for the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), and am an committee member of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN). More recently, I have helped to found the Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA), set up to promote research collaborations between universities and architectural practices.

Teaching Summary

My teaching work in the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture spans a wide range of architectural design and architectural history & theory, and it also runs from the first undergraduate year in the BSc Hons Architecture course all the way through to the MA Architectural History and both the PhD programme in Architectural Design and the PhD programme in Architectural History and Theory.

Many students that I have taught have won major national/international prizes and competitions. In terms of students who have submitted design studio projects, this includes the Archiprix International Competition First Prize, Archiprix International Honourable Mention (twice), RIBA Silve Medal Commendation (twice), RIBA Serjeant Part 2 Drawing Prize, RIBA iGuzzini Part 2 Prize, etc. In terms of architectural history & theory, no fewer than nine 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. Most recently, Mathew Leung from the Bartlett won the 2012 RIBA Dissertation Medal for his study on 'Oriental Orientalism: Chinatown in Tokohama, Japan'. As a consequence of all this, I have been awarded the Dissertation Tutor of the Year on several occasions. Furthermore, four of my doctoral students have been shortlisted for the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis. Work by my students has also been widely exhibited at the Venice Art Biennale, Venice Architectural Biennale, RA Summer Exhibition, D3 Gallery in New York, etc. 

In terms of running courses, I coordinated the BA Hons in Architecture (Part 1) at Oxford Brookes University and set up the MA Architecture and Cultural Studies at that same institution, which was the first course of its kind anywhere in Britain. At the University of Westminster I ran the Graduate Diploma in Architecture (Part 2) and co-launched the highly innovative MA Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation course. Meanwhile, I also set up the doctoral programme at Westminster University, including a new PhD by Design route.

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
Academic Background
1993 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Architectural History University College London
1984 Prof_Cert Professional Certification – Architecture Royal Institute of British Architects
1983 MSc Master of Science – Architectural History University College London
1983 Prof. Prac Professional Practice – Professional Practice in Architecture University College London
1981 Dip. Diploma – Architecture University College London
1979 BSc Bachelor of Science – Architecture University College London
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