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Dr Sabina Andron
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Sabina Andron is a London-based architectural historian and urban scholar specializing in urban public cultures in the neoliberal city, and methods based on visual, semiotic and legal analyses.

Her research interests focus on the right to the city, urban surface inscriptions and materialities, crime and transgression, and urban semiotics. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, with a thesis titled “Graffiti, Street Art and the Right to the Surface: For a Semiotic, Cultural and Legal Approach to Urban Surfaces and Inscriptions” – to be published by Routledge in 2022.

Sabina’s work includes modules on the history of London architecture, representations of architecture and cities, neoliberal urbanism and city cultures, crime in cities, and graffiti, spatial justice and the image of the city. She was a UCL Grand Challenges grantee and organiser of the international Graffiti Sessions conference in 2014, as well as a British Council fellow at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. She is the recipient of the 2020 Prosser award for outstanding work in visual methodologies, awarded by the International Visual Sociology Association.

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Research Summary

My principal areas of research and expertise are around urban public cultures in the neoliberal city, and methods based on visual, semiotic and legal analyses:

-       Urban semiotics, geosemiotics, surface semiotics: written and visual communication in urban space and the role of visual culture in the development of urban identities

-        Legal geography and neoliberal urbanism: property regimes in cities, the privatisation of public space, architecture and the lawscape; designing out crime; order and transgression; urban criminology; the creative city and cultural consumption.

-        The right to the city and spatial justice: theories of space and spatial justice; post-Lefebvrian proposals for the right to the city in a global context; spatial commons and activism; public protests and cultures of dissent.

-         Graffiti, street art and public art: the history of sanctioned and unsanctioned surface marking; vandalism and writing on walls; transgressive subcultures and their appropriations.

Teaching Summary

I teach the following modules at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2020-21:

Representations of Cities, MA Architectural History

Urban environments as cultural experiences and their representations through film, through psychogeography, modernisms, informality, destruction and reconstruction

Insurgent cities, MArch Year 4

Regulation and disorder in global cities, through legal geography, criminology, subcultural studies, protest and subversion

Surface city, BSc Architecture Year 3

Urban surfaces and inscriptions through discourses of regeneration, order, visibility, creative urbanism, law, ownership, the right to the city and spatial justice

Architectural representations, BSc Architecture Year 2

The production, use, experience and impact of contemporary architecture through text, drawing, image, activism and broadcasting

History and theory of engineering and architecture, MEng Year 1

Building-based survey course focused on London

01-SEP-2018 – 25-MAR-2021 Senior Lecturer School of Architecture Ravensbourne University London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2017 Lecturer (Teaching) Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 – 01-OCT-2018 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Architectural History Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 – 11-JUL-2020 Senior Lecturer School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering University of East London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 – 01-OCT-2017 Teaching Assistant in the History of London Architecture School of History Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018   Doctorat University College London
2011   Master of Arts (Hons) Manchester Metropolitan University
2010   Master of Arts Universitatea Babes - Bolyai, Cluj - Napoca
2008   Bachelor of Arts Universitatea Babes - Bolyai, Cluj - Napoca
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