Richard Coyne


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Social media, philosophy of information technology, design theory, hermeneutics, space and place.
I’m interested in supervising or co-supervising topics such as: the social and philosophical implications of new media, such as social media, mobile devices, ubiquitous communications; practical, technical explorations into mobile media; the changing mass media milieu, citizen journalism, crowd sourcing, blogging, collaborative creativity; critiques and applications of artificial intelligence, logic programming, algorithmic methods; theories of design and creativity, applications of phenomenology, hermeneutics, deconstruction; changing concepts of place and space: non-place, branded places, hybrid and fractured spaces, new digital urbanisms; cultures of science fiction and fantasy, and how these impact on narratives of place and space; the relationships between the senses, in particular sound and vision, including the use of the human voice, relationships between architecture and music, and the whole sensorium; the implications of blockchain and cryptography for urban environments.
Other topics explored in my books, research projects and blog posts. See relevant pages and posts on this site.

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Personal profile


My research demonstrates the value of a broad interdisciplinary framework for examining the relationship between technology, design, and contemporary cultural theories. I've investigated the way people configure spaces through the use of digital social networks and mobile devices. I've developed this theme through the sonic metaphor of tuning, and more recently through the concept of mood.

As contributions to architecture I co-authored Interpretation in Architecture: Design as a Way of Thinking with Adrian Snodgrass, and wrote a book for the Routledge Thinkers for Architects series entitled Derrida for Architects.

Major Roles and Committees

  • Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment (2008-2011)
  • Member of the AHRC review panel: Visual Arts and Media (practice, history and theory) (until 2008)
  • Member of the RAE Architecture and Built Environment subpanel 30 (2007-8)
  • Member of the REF2014 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning subpanel (C16)
  • Member of the REF2021 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning subpanel (C13)
  • Member of the editorial board of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly
  • Member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art (2008-2011)
  • Chair of RIBA Research Awards judging panel (2007-2009)
  • Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) (2015)

I'm a registered architect (Australia), and previously worked at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. I'm a member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland), the HEA (Higher Education Academy), a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts), and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

For more information see Bio.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Logic Model of Design, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Jan 1978


  • NA Architecture
  • digital media
  • social media
  • computer-aided design


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