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Mr Albert Brenchat Aguilar
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Appointment
  • Lecturer (Teaching)- Contextual Theory
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography
I am a Lecturer (teaching) at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and tutor at the Architectural Association. Previously, I co-curated the public programme and publications of the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, edited the digital platform Ceramic Architectures and worked as an architect in Bombas Gens Arts Centre. I am a CHASE-funded PhD student at Birkbeck and the Architectural Association with the project ‘Non/Being Human in Global Architecture: The Sociogenic Principle in the sociology of international planning c. 1950-80’, whilst cataloguing the archive of educator, architect, and planner Otto Koenigsberger. My project As Hardly Found in the Art of Tropical Architecture comprises an exhibition in Winter 2023 at the AA, a book published by AA Publications in Spring 2023, and an educational programme under the umbrella of 'As Hardly found in the Architecture Archive' initiated at the Architectural Association in 2022. My coedited volume Wastiary: A bestiary of waste will be published by UCL Press in Winter 2023. I have published in journals such as Architecture&Culture and Architecture Theory Review, and in edited publications such as Monumental Wastelands, Espacio Fronterizo, and The Scottish Left Review, curated shows at UCL and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and exhibited my work at Museu Nogueira Da Silva. You can find more about me here.


Research Summary

My current research redirects New Materialist and Object Oriented Ontologies to recenter the human in these discussions. From cybernetic, feminist, environmental and postcolonial literature, I approximate the built environment and the archive of the built environment to disentangle colonial patriarchal capitalist approximations in architecture and to highlight histories of marginalised practices that can help us in present global concerns. 

In my PhD I study social constructions of ‘the human’ in architectural discourse through the exchanges between, and expanded contexts of, the Department of Tropical Studies at the Architectural Association of London (from now on AA) and the Departments of Architecture and Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi (from now on KNUST) in their first two decades of existence, from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

My research project ‘As Hardly Found in the Architecture Archive’ (AHFAA — awarded a Bartlett Architecture Research Fund) reclaims the archival nature of ‘as found’ practices attributed to brutalist architects and artists for their encounters (and work) with everyday objects and the ecologies these represented. AHFAA twists the term ‘as found’ understanding that an approximation to the material culture of the everyday life requires in-depth, ‘hardly-found’ research to manifest its connections and the contribution of othered knowledges. AHFAA's methodologies depart from the ficto-critical/fabulographic approximations to historical documents as practiced by artists, curators, and interdisciplinary historians. AHFAA departs from my current research activities with archivists and artists in the curatorial and editorial work in the upcoming exhibition and book ‘As Hardly Found in the Art of Tropical Architecture’ (AA Gallery and AA Press, 2023 — funded by Graham Foundation, Henry Moore Foundation, Elephant Trust, and others) with a cast of renown as well as early career artists and writers.
Teaching Summary
In my teaching at the B-Pro Architectural Design and Master of Landscape Architecture programmes, I supervise thesis on Cyborg Landscapes, Climigration, Liquid Necropolitics, or Architectural Cannibalisation that tackle ecology and technology in architecture from intersectional social constructivist approaches. This is the result of seminars on posthuman knowledge and intersectional new materialism connecting urbanism and architecture to the arts, providing a transversal framework that connects real and virtual realms, as well as diverse architectural scales from the microorganism and the human to the city and the planet.


My module on ‘As Hardly Found in the Architecture Archive’ (AHFAA) currently developed at the Architectural Association provides the student with methodologies to write and design graphics from the marginalised aesthetic, material, and intellectual cultures that sustain architectural history to retrieve the hard work of those hardly recorded in the archive. 


Appointments
SEP-2022 Departmental Tutor Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
SEP-2022 Tutor Media Studies Architectural Association, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2022 Lecturer (teaching) Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2021 – 31-JAN-2022 History & Theory Tutor Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
NOV-2017 – FEB-2022 Curator and Comms Officer Institute of Advanced Studies UCL, United Kingdom
OCT-2014 – JUL-2016 Architect   Polytechnic University of Valencia & Eduardo De Miguel Archi, Spain
SEP-2014 – FEB-2016 City planner   Arancha Muñoz Criado Planners & Buro Happold Engineering, Spain
NOV-2011 – JUL-2016 Scholarship Researcher Ceramics Chair Archive Polytechnic University of Valencia, United Kingdom
Academic Background
  MArch Architect  
  MA Architectural History  
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