The Bartlett School of Architecture

Miss Mollie Claypool

Miss Mollie Claypool

Lecturer in Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st May 2014

Research summary

Mollie Claypool is an architecture historian, theorist, critic and educator. She is currently a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture where she is Co-Director of Design Computation Lab (http://designcomputationlab.org) and Coordinator of History & Theory in MArch Architectural Design

She was Co-Director of the undergraduate BSc Architecture course from 2014-2018 alongside Matthew Butcher and ran MArch Unit 19 from 2012-2018. She has taught and lectured extensively in architecture schools across the UK and Europe including the AA School of Architecture from 2009-2017 in Design Research Laboratory (AADRL) and History & Theory Studies. Her research interests include the history and theory of digital design and computation and the economic, social and political implications of new technologies on architectural production, experimentation and speculative practice. Mollie actively writes reviews, criticism and books about architectural design, history and theory and has worked as an editor/author for for Phaidon Press, the RCA, Laurence King Publishing, DETAIL and AA Publications. She is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett, supervised by Professor Mario Carpo and Professor Barbara Penner.

Mollie is currently on the Editorial Board for Enquiry: The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research and was Web Master for the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) from 2009-2015. She was on the Editorial Team for Architectural Histories: the open access journal of the EAHN. She has been involved with several research clusters and lecture series at the AA School, including AA City Cultures and AA Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form.

Mollie actively writes reviews, criticism and books about architectural design, history and theory. She has recently worked with or written for Phaidon Press, the RCA, Laurence King Publishing, DETAIL, AA Publications and The Journal of Architecture. In 2017 has published a book with Laurence King Publishing on the life of Antoni Gaudi titled This is Gaudi. She is currently working on a book on architecture and automation co-authored with Gilles Retsin, Manuel Jimenez Garcia and Vicente Soler.

She is a fully-funded PhD candidate in Architecture at The Bartlett – first supervisor: Mario Carpo and second supervisor: Barbara Penner – on the rise of contemporary formalism and the digital in the 20th century.

Teaching summary

Mollie has taught extensively at the undergraduate, post-graduate and post-professional level for almost a decade.

She is Coordinator of Theory in MArch Architectural Design from 2018 having taught Theory for MArch Architectural Design Research Cluster 4 part of Design Computation Lab (http://designcomputationlab.org) since 2014. 

Previously she was Programme Director of the BSc Architecture programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture from 2014-2018, and was the Admissions Tutor for the same course from 2015-2016. She was Design Tutor of MArch Architecture Unit 19 (http://unit-19.net) from 2012-2018 partnering with Philippe Morel, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin and Jeroen van Ameijde and has previously taught in history and theory in MArch Urban Design for several years. 

Previously Mollie held positions at the AA School as a Tutor in the Design Research Laboratory (2009-2015), Lecturer in History and Theory Studies (2009-2017), Visiting Lecturer in History and Theory of Spatial Design at University of Brighton (2009-2011) and Visiting Lecturer in History of Art at University of Reading (2010-2012).


Mollie is a historian, critic and theorist of architecture with a particular research interest in the digital. She studied Architecture at Pratt Institute receiving Degree Project Honours and obtained her Masters with Distinction in Histories and Theories of Architecture at the AA School of Architecture. She has practiced in New York and London in various architecture and engineering practices.