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Dr Sophie Read
Appointment
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

I am an artist and historian. I have recently completed my doctorate which focused on the architect John Soane's lectures at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI), drawing on performance studies as a methodology for the practice of architectural history. I was trained in the practice of drawing at Camberwell College of Art (2003-07), before studying architectural history at the Bartlett (2009-10); a trajectory which has informed my creative and scholarly approaches to the reading, writing and teaching of architectural history and theory. I am a Teaching Fellow at The Bartlett, teaching on both BSc Architecture and Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies programmes. Currently I am working on a collaborative project with architectural historian Adrian Forty entitled ‘The Limits of drawing’ or ‘When drawings Fail’, resulting in a co-authored essay. I recently worked at the V&A as Factory Project Cataloguer, cataloguing drawings by Soane which were acquired by the V&A through the architect’s former assistant C.J. Richardson. My recent work, together with artist and architect Tijana Stevanovic, is published in the collection Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (2018) by Routledge.

Teaching Summary

I have 4 years of experience teaching history and theory to architecture students and have been a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett since 2016. As part of this role, I teach a range of modules, including on the subject of architectural writing (‘ArchiTexts’) and architectural drawings (‘The Limits of Drawing’) to Year 2 and Year 3 BSc Architecture students. I also teach architectural research modules to BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies students, where I am Module Coordinator to Year 1 (‘Architectural Research I’) and Dissertation Tutor to Years 2/3 (‘Architectural Research III’). I was nominated in 2018 for a UCL Student Choice Award for Diverse & Inclusive Education (“for making sure students’ curriculum or research recognises marginalised scholars, and shining a light on diverse perspectives”). I am committed to developing a range of innovative, inclusive and practical pedagogies and visual and object-based teaching, directly influenced by my own research. I offer specialist expertise in architectural history, performance studies, drawing, fine art, and interdisciplinary and historiographical research process/practice.

Appointments
01-NOV-2017 Dissertation Tutor/Teaching Fellow, Arch Research III BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies The Bartlett Sch of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2017 Module Coordinator/Teaching Fellow, Architectural Research I BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies The Bartlett Sch of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2016 – 31-AUG-2017 Teaching Fellow, Architectural Research I BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies The Bartlett Sch of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2016 Teaching Fellow, History and Theory of Architecture BSc Architecture The Bartlett Sch of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2015 – 31-AUG-2016 Teaching Assistant, History and Theory of Architecture BSc Architecture The Bartlett Sch of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2015 – 01-SEP-2015 Teaching Assistant, Architecture in London BSc History of Art The Bartlett Sch of Architecture, University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2014 – 31-MAR-2015 Visiting Lecturer, History and Theory of Architecture Bsc Architecture University of East London, University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Architectural History University College London
2010 MA Master of Arts – History of Architecture University College London
2007 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Fine Art Camberwell College of Art
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