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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

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.
Other topics explored in my books, research projects and blog posts. See relevant pages and posts on this site.

Recent PhD Students
Lui Li: Feng shui and urbanism (awarded)
Nicholas Rossis: theories of collaboration (awarded)
Salih Ofluoglu: product information (awarded)
Pedro Rebelo: space and sound (awarded)
Chris Pierce: Dutch settlers in Manhattan: (awarded)
Russell Mount: intentionality in architecture: started 2001, examined July 2005, (awarded)
Franziska Schroeder: embodiment, performance, phenomenology: started 2002 (awarded)
Hoon Park: digital and manual media: withdrawn
Maria Androulaki: digital media and consumption: started April 2005 p/t (awarded 2013)
Bruce Currey: thresholds, homelessness, digital media: started 2000 – withdrawn
Siyun Chang: Aldo Rossi, ideology: started 1 July 2003 – transferred
Min-Feng Hsieh: music and architectural creativity: started September 2006
Anastasia Karandinou: immaterial architecture: started September 2006 (awarded 2011)
Dermott McMeel: The artistry of construction – an investigation into construction as a creative process and the influence of mobile phones within domestic scale construction projects: awarded 2009
Dorian Wiszniewski: Representation between politics and poetics: architecture and the story of community: awarded 2010
Leonidas Koutsoumpos: Inhabiting ethics — the educational praxis of the design studio, the music class and the dojo: awarded equal first prize in the RIBA research awards for best phd (2 December 2009): awarded 2009
David Fortin: Architecture and the spectacle of home in science-fiction film: awarded 2009
Yahya Islami: The architecture of surface: the significance of surficial thought and topological metaphors of design: awarded 2009
Aghlab Al-Attili: Elements affecting embodied interaction in virtual environments: familiarity, ethics, scale: awarded 2009
Hennie Reynders: Urbanism, accidents, policy: submitted 2010, awarded 2011
Janan Mustafa: Narrative in the early stages of the design process: started 2009 (awarded 2013)

Current PhD students
Fabrizio Gesuelli: Architecture and activism
Dorothea Kalogianni: Habit, embodiment and digital media
Dimitra Ntzani: Museum practices and public engagement
Christos Kakalis: Mount Athos, silence and liminality
Graham Shawcross: p/t Counting, listing and enumerating
Duncan James Shingleton: Social media (co-supervision)
Diego Zamora Barroso: Craft and digital fabrication in remote communities
Richard James Hanrahan: Documentaary and the politics of representation (co-supervision)
Shi-Mei Lee: Body, icon, sign, new media: started 2009

Education/Academic qualification

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

Professional Qualifications

Master of Landscape Architecture, MLArch


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 REF Architecture, Built Environment and Town Planning subpanel (C16)
  • 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.


Research outputs

  1. Peirce for Architects

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Transactions in virtual places: Sharing and excess in blockchain worlds

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Mindless repetition: Rerunning the territorial imperative

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Brain walks

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Mobility Mood and Place

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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