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Dr Peg Rawes
Bartlett School of Architecture
22 Gordon Street
  • Senior Lecturer
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I am Programme Leader for the MA in Architectural History, and a Primary Supervisor for MPhil/PhD Architectural Design and Architectural History and Theory, and MArch Architecture Part 2 Thesis. My research and teaching focus on how aesthetic, material, technological, biopolitical and ecological histories and theories inform contemporary architectural thinking and practice, and reflect my training in art history, philosophy and fine art. 

Recent publications include: Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed., 2015 forthcoming); Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (ed., 2013); and 'Spinoza's Geometric and Ecological Ratios' in The Politics of Parametricism, ed. Manuel Shvartzberg and Matthew Poole (2015). Previous publications include, Space, Geometry and Aesthetics: Through Kant and Towards Deleuze (2008) and Irigaray for Architects (2007).  

I regularly give public talks and conferences, including: KADK Copenhagen, KTH Stockholm, UTS Sydney; TU Delft; University of Tasmania, Launceston; Tongji University, Shanghai; Hofstra University, USA; RCA, Sheffield University.  I have been appointed External Examiner to: BA Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, University of the Arts, London (2006-10); and PhDs for UCL, TU Delft, RMIT, UCL, Goldsmiths University and Edinburgh University. I am currently Chair of the Dissertation Judging Panel for the RIBA President's Medals Dissertation Prize, and member of the Judging Panel in 2013.

Research Summary

Currently my research is focusing on wellbeing, equality and housing with Dr Beth Lord (Philosophy, University of Aberdeen) in an AHRC Research Grant (£276K; 2013-16): www.equalitiesofwellbeing.co.uk. This develops from my studies of material and biological 'life' (bios/zoe), ecology, sustainability and spatial practices in architecture, the visual arts and the humanities in my recent edited publications, Poetic Biopolitics and Architectural Relational Ecologies. 

Previous research collaborations have included: leading Sexuate Subjects: Poetics, Politics and Ethics (2010), an international conference, together with international partners, Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities and KTH Stockholm, UCL's Grand Challenge for Intercultural Interaction, UCL French, and the Slade, which examined interdisciplinary forms of subjectivity in contemporary times of crisis (www.ucl.sexuate-subjects); Joint-PI for Spatial Thinking (2010-12) with Professor Kate Jeffrey, Director UCL Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience; and Co-I for the AHRC/EPSRC Cluster, Spatial Imagination (£50K; 2005-6).

As Associate Director of Research, I contributed to developing the Department’s REF2014 submission, and enabling its diverse research culture across the architectural disciplines.  My external appointments include: Invited International Board Member for the American Society for Cybernetics (2013-); editorial board member for the EAHN Journal (2012-14) and Interstices, Journal for Architecture and the Related Arts (2014-); steering committee member for AHRA (2009-15), and Advisory board member for the Luce Irigaray Circle (US). I also review for architectural, philosophical and fine arts journals, including: Footprint, HypatiaJournal of Aesthetic Education, and Oxford Art Journal

Recently completed and current PhD students' projects include: a critical architectural history of construction at the South Bank; Deleuze’s philosophical diagrams for affective design practice; Kleist's theory of subjectivity, space and time for experimental film-making; a feminist critique of new geometries; performative practices and animal architecture; design through Spinoza's philosophy of 'joy'; a historiography of 'minor' postmodernism; and, ecological critiques of landfill.

Teaching Summary

Since joining the Department in 1998, my teaching has examined the role of materiality, biotechnology and feminist theories of matter in architecture; transformative, biological and imaginary geometries and ecologies; sonic architectures and spectrums; architectural capitals, economies and exchanges. My teaching regularly involves me in collaborating with colleagues from across disciplines, including: architectural design/history/theory, engineering, advanced technologies, social sciences and the humanities. 

Prior to joining UCL as a full-time Lecturer in 2004 I taught critical studies for MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College London; BA Fine Art, Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London; Art Foundation, Oxford Brookes; and developed public and educational programmes as Assistant Education Officer at MOMA Oxford. 

JUL-2014 Programme Leader MA Architectural History Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2012 – 06-JUN-2014 Associate Director of Research Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2011 – 01-DEC-2011 Director of Architectural Research Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2008 Senior Lecturer Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 – 30-JUN-2011 Departmental Tutor Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 Joint Co-ordinator MArch Architecture Thesis Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 – 30-SEP-2008 Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2004 – 30-SEP-2011 Co-ordinator MArch Architecture, Y4 History & Theory Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1997 – 30-SEP-2004 Teaching Fellow Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – History of Art Goldsmiths College
1996 MA Master of Arts (Hons) – Philosophy and Literature University of Warwick
1994 CLTAD Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching – Visual Arts Oxford Brookes University
1990 BA Bachelor of Arts – Art History University of Leeds
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