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Dr David Roberts
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Architecture
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Research Summary

I am a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Research Ethics Fellow at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Alongside my teaching and research, I am part of collaborative art practice Fugitive Images and of architecture collectives Involve and BREAK//LINE.


My research, art and cultural activist practice engages community groups whose homes and livelihoods are under threat from urban policy, empowers ethical reasoning in built environment practice, and extends architectural education to primary and secondary school children.


Through my collaborative practice I co-wrote and co-produced the feature-length documentary/fiction film, Estate, a Reverie. I co-curated a six-week project Real Estates, opening PEER up as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and spatial justice in East London through a constantly changing series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, readings and workshops. I developed an interactive website A Building Archive and co-coordinated a successful campaign to list Balfron Tower at Grade II*. This work has been exhibited, performed, screened and presented at Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, ICA, Somerset House, De La Warr Pavilion and National Gallery of Lithuania.


Through my collaborative research I completed a PhD in Architectural Design Make Public, which explored the history and future of two east London housing estates undergoing regeneration. I was supervised by Professors Jane Rendell and Ben Campkin, won a RIBA President’s Award for Research 2016 and received a High Commendation. My current research for the Bartlett Ethics Commission led by Professor Jane Rendell, seeks to raise awareness, expand understanding, and collectively develop approaches of ethical practice specific to built environment researchers and practitioners. My paper Reflect Critically and Act Fearlessly was commended by the RIBA President's Awards for Research 2018.


Through my collaborative teaching I work with students to develop creative projects that intervene into a site in order to raise questions and make proposals, initiate independent research into the social relations of architecture, devise situated protocols setting out ethical terms of engagement, and write manifestoes to define what practitioners they seek to become. My BSc, MArch and MA students have thrice won the Bartlett’s Dissertation Prize, Trevor Sprott Prize, Fifteen Award, and RIBA Dissertation Medal and my teaching has been nominated and shortlisted by students in awards for Outstanding Teaching 2017, Diverse and Inclusive Education 2018, Exceptional Feedback 2019, Amazing Support Staff, 2020 and Brilliant Research-based Education, 2020.

Appointments
01-MAY-2020 Lecturer in Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2017 Design Tutor: MA Situated Practice Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
25-SEP-2017 Teaching Fellow: BSc Archi & Interdisciplinary Studies Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
25-SEP-2017 Teaching Fellow: BSc Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
11-SEP-2017 Visiting Professor Aarhus School of Architecture Aarhus, Denmark
09-JAN-2017 Module Tutor: PgDip Professional Practice in Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
25-SEP-2016 – 25-SEP-2017 History & Theory Tutor: BSc Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
25-SEP-2016 – 25-SEP-2017 History & Theory Tutor: MArch Urban Design Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
25-SEP-2016 Thesis Tutor: MArch Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
24-APR-2016 Dissertation Tutor: MA Architectural History Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2016 Research Ethics Fellow: Bartlett Ethics Commission Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment UCL, United Kingdom
09-JAN-2014 – 24-APR-2017 Theorising Practices Tutor: MA Architectural History Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
25-SEP-2012 – 25-SEP-2015 Course Tutor: MSc Urban Studies Urban Lab UCL, United Kingdom
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