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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. I also supervise MPhil/PhD Architectural Design and Architectural History and Theory students, and MArch Architecture Part 2 Thesis. In both my teaching and my research I focus on how aesthetic, material, technological, biopolitical and ecological histories and theories inform contemporary architectural thinking and practice. 

My forthcoming co-edited collection, Poetic Biopolitics (IB Tauris) explores links between concepts of life (bios/zoe) and spatial practices in architecture, the visual arts and the humanities. This continues my discussions of architectural sustainability which are informed by political and philosophical ideas about sex, biology and nature in Architectural Relational Ecologies (ed., Routledge 2013).  I am also currently conducting research into 'equalities of wellbeing and housing', with Dr Beth Lord (Philosophy, University of Aberdeen) for an AHRC Research Grant (£276,000; 2013-16): www.equalitiesofwellbeing.co.uk 

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.  As External Examiner I have been appointed to: BA Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, University of the Arts, London (2006-10), and examined PhDs for UCL, TU Delft, RMIT, UCL, Goldsmiths University, and Edinburgh University. In 2013 I was a member of the RIBA Presidents Medals Dissertation Judging Panel. 

Research Summary

My research is informed by my training in art history, philosophy and fine art, and this has led to my publications including previous single-authored books - Space, Geometry and Aesthetics (2008) and Irigaray for Architects (2007, and shortlisted for the RIBA Research Prize) - which have examined philosophical theories of embodied spatiotemporal practice and theory. Chapters in architectural and humanities publications have also included: Interstices 13 (2012); Spinoza Beyond Philosophy (2012), Designing for the 21st Century (2008), From Models to Drawings (2007), Material Matters (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), Architecture – The Subject is Matter (2001). Refereed articles include: The Senses and Society (2008), Kybernetes (2007) and Journal of Aesthetic Education (2007).

My 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, Art History and the Slade, which examined interdisciplinary forms of subjectivity in contemporary times of crisis (www.ucl.sexuate-subjects); Joint-PI for Spatial Thinking (2010-) 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 was involved in 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 for Interstices, Journal for Architecture and the Related Arts (2014-); steering committee member for AHRA (2009-), and Advisory board member for the Luce Irigaray Circle (US). I am also reviewer for architectural, philosophical and fine arts journals, including: Field (2008-), Hypatia (2008-), Journal of Aesthetic Education (2007-), and Oxford Art Journal (2009-). 

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

As Joint Module Coordinator for the RIBA (II) Year 5 Thesis I worked with colleagues from across architectural design/history/theory, engineering, advanced technologies and the humanities in supervising students. Since joining the Department in 1998, my teaching has examined: Materiality, biotechnology and feminist theories of matter (1998-2000); Shaping: transformative geometries (2000-2002); Sonic architectures and spectrums (2002-2004); Architectural and spatial imaginaries (2004-6); Architectural capitals: economies and exchanges (2006-2010); sexed biopolitical geometries and ecologies (2010-).

Between 2004-11 I was Departmental Tutor with responsibility for providing pastoral care to students and personal tutoring support for teaching staff across the undergraduate and masters postgraduate architecture programmes. Previously I was a Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Theory (1998-2004), and Visiting Lecturer in Critical Studies for the MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (1998-2003); the BA Fine Art, Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London (1997-1999); Oxford Brookes University Art Foundation (1992-5); and Assistant Education Officer at MOMA Oxford (1991-1994). 

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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