Culture | Theory | Space

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A research cluster in architecture in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Plymouth. This cluster produces advanced inter-disciplinary research in two, linked and overlapping areas: theories and histories of culture and society in the modern and post-modern periods; and critical cultural practices in changing urban situations. It operates at the levels of post-doctoral research, doctoral study (MPhil/PhD), and post-graduate study (MA, ResM). Please contact Professor Malcolm Miles for further information:

Research Programmes within Culture | Theory | Space:
Mphil/PhD and ResM in Architecture

Research in Architecture currently revolves around three main interests:

Critical Urbanism
Theories and practices of urban change from the early modern period to the present, seen through cultural, social and political frameworks.
Research active staff in this area:
Professor Malcolm Miles
Professor Bob Brown
Dr. Sana Murrani
Dr. Nikolina Bobic
Dr. Karan August
Alona Martinez Perez
Digital Cities
New technologies of communication, social media and their effects in changing urban and social environments and on spatial practices.
Research active staff in this area:
Professor Alessandro Aurigi
Dr. Katharine Willis
Dr. Alejandro Reyes
Sustainable Architecture
Building design and technologies for low-impact living, especially in relation to housing, in Europe and south Asia.
Research active staff in this area:
Simon Bradbury
Dr. Satish Basavapatna Kumaraswamy

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Recent ResM and PhD Graduate Researchers in Architecture

Alex Lorimer ResM Architecture 2016
Mass-Participation Architecture: Social media and the decentralisation of architectural agency as a commercial imperative

Bridget Gillard PhD Architecture 2015
The Effectiveness of the Church of England Guidance for Assessing Significance

Zahra Abdollahnejad PhD Architecture 2015
The Management of the conservation of Masjed-e Jame, Isfahan

Richard Bower PhD Architecture 2014
Towards an Articulation of Architecture as a Verb; Learning from Participatory Development, Subaltern Identities and Textual Values

Nicola Gilmour PhD Architecture 2014
An Investigation of the Coherence of Instrumental Accumulation, Using a Sculptural Methodology

Current ResM and MPhil/PhD Researchers in Architecture

Adam Guy MPhil/PhD Architecture [Critical Urbanism]
Dark waters – Thin Spaces: An Investigation into the ‘Value’ of Waterways 

Sally Sutton MPhil/PhD Architecture [Critical Urbanism]
Rivers as Rebels? Blue Spaces for the 21st Century

Ioana Popovici PhD Architecture [Critical Urbanism]
Arhitectura 1950 – 1989. Interstitial Spaces of Communist Romanian Architecture

Pamela Varley PhD Architecture [Digital Cities]
Sustainable Digital Neighbourhoods

Kathrin Schuette MPhil Architecture [Digital Cities]
The role of virtual imaging in building conservation


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