Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Current publication projects include a book for the Routledge series Thinkers for Architects on the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty due to be completed in 2015 and Recent publications include a co-edited book (with Dr Laura Hanks and Suzanne Macleod of University of Leicester) entitled Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions. (Routledge 2012); From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture (Routledge 2007) co-edited with Marco Frascari (Carleton University, Canada) and Bradley Starkey; Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, (Routledge 2007) co-edited with William W Braham (University of Pennsylvania). Recent funded research projects include: "Anywhere", "Future Garden" and "Moving City", a series of PDA and mobile-phone guided walks and performance events - part of an ongoing collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab of the School of Computer Sciences (University of Nottingham) and the Austrian artist-choreographer Cie.Willi Dorner. A further phase of this project was developed as part of the interdisciplinary 'Towards Pervasive Media' feasibility study funded by the EPSRC, involving an 18-month collaboration (2009-2011) with colleagues in Computer Sciences, Geography and History, alongside a number of artists-in-residence.
In 2010 I helped to co-organiser of the 3-day international conference "Narrative Space" hosted by the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester; and was previously chair and organiser of the 2nd Annual AHRA International Conference, 2005 at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Leverhulme Visiting Professor Marco Frascari. I have chaired sessions at other international conferences including: "Field/Work", University of Edinburgh 2009; "Agency", University of Sheffield 2008; "Primitive", Cardiff University 2005; "Philosophy and Architecture", Congress CATH, Bradford 2004; "The Beginning Design Student", Portland State University, Oregon USA, 2002; "Habitus 2000", Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, 2000. I was an invited speaker at "Discourses of the Visual", an international conference at the University of Westminster, 2001, and have also been an invited lecturer at the University of Bath (2008, 2009, 2010), University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh and University of Sheffield (2004), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm (2001 & 2009), and the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2000). In 2007 I completed a lecture tour in China to promote the translation of Building Ideas published by China Architecture and Building Press (2015) including visits to: South East University, Nanjing; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; and Shandong Jianzhu University in Jinan. I have acted as an editorial referee for the journals ARQ (2005, 2006), Journal of Architecture (2009) and Culture, Theory and Critique (2003) and an editorial reviewer for: MIT Press (2001), John Wiley (2001, 2002), Architectural Press (2003), Routledge (2002-2010), I was a member of the competition jury for the "Nottingham Contemporary" 2004, won by Caruso St John, and a member of the awards panel for the RIBA President's Medals 2002, (Dissertations) and the RIBA President's Awards for Research 2010; the East Midlands Design Review Panel (CABE/REM); and an External Examiner at the University of Sheffield and the University of East London. I am also an occasional contributor of review articles to the journal Architecture Today.