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Dr Sam Griffiths
G17
London
WC1H 0NN
Tel: 020 3108 9014
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Sam Griffiths read history at the University of Sheffield (1994) and International Relations at the London School of Economics (1996) where he was sponsored by the ESRC before spending a period working in new media. His long-standing interest in the 'place of space' in urban history and the relationship of the built environment to social organization brought him to the Bartlett in 2002. Here he audited the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies (AAS) programme while embarking on an EPSRC sponsored PhD (2008) into the historical relationship between the built environment and emergent patterns of socio-economic and cultural practice in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Sheffield. He was appointed Research Fellow in the Bartlett in 2006, Teaching Fellow in 2008 and Lecturer in 2009 – completing the PGCLTHE teaching qualification in 2011. From 2009-2014 he was Course Director of the Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities (previously MSc AAS) and from 2011-2013 MSc Tutor - Built Environment. From 2011-13 he edited Urban Design International. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Space Syntax.

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Research Summary

Sam is Lecturer in Spatial Cultures in the Space Syntax Laboratory at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. His research interests includ: theories and methods for studying the historical relationship between people and their built environments; the spatial culture of industrial cities; sustainable suburbs and high streets,; urban manufacturing;  architecture as chronotope in realist fiction and historical writing and space syntax as an interdisciplinary research perspective in the humanities and social sciences. Sam has participated in two EPSRC-sponsored projects into the relationship of the built environment to social sustainability in London’s suburbs. In 2012 he was awarded a twelve-month EPSRC Inclusions award to support ethnographic research into suburban walking tours. Sam is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to built environment research.


Sam currently leads two modules on the MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities programme and one on the BASc Arts and Sciences programme. He supervises a number of doctoral students in the area of urban spatial cultures.

Teaching Summary

Sam currently leads two core modules on the MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities programme, Design as a Knowledge-Based Process (jointly with Sean Hanna) and Spatial Cultures. DKBP encourages students to engage in critical reflection on the different kinds of social, scientific, historical and philosophical ideas that constitute the design 'knowledge-base'. Spatial Cultures considers Hillier and Hanson's architectural morphology in depth as the basis for a distinctively architectural social theory of relevance to architects but also more broadly in the humanities and social sciences. He co-leads the second-year undergraduate BASc module Understanding Cities and their Spatial Cultures - to which he contributes a world-historical view on towns and cities as sites of movement rest and encounter. Sam supervises a number of doctoral students in the area of urban spatial cultures and has examined PhD theses both internally and externally.

Academic Background
2011 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Teaching University College London
2008 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – History University College London
1996 MS Master of Science – International Relations London School of Economics and Political Science
1994 BA Bachelor of Arts – History University of Sheffield
  PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
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