The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Sabina Andron

Dr Sabina Andron

Lecturer (Teaching)

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
28th Sep 2015

Research summary

My principal areas of research and expertise are around urban public cultures in the neoliberal city, and methods based on visual, semiotic and legal analyses:

-       Urban semiotics, geosemiotics, surface semiotics: written and visual communication in urban space and the role of visual culture in the development of urban identities

-        Legal geography and neoliberal urbanism: property regimes in cities, the privatisation of public space, architecture and the lawscape; designing out crime; order and transgression; urban criminology; the creative city and cultural consumption.

-        The right to the city and spatial justice: theories of space and spatial justice; post-Lefebvrian proposals for the right to the city in a global context; spatial commons and activism; public protests and cultures of dissent.

-         Graffiti, street art and public art: the history of sanctioned and unsanctioned surface marking; vandalism and writing on walls; transgressive subcultures and their appropriations.

Teaching summary

2021-22 teaching:

Representations of Cities, MA Architectural History

Insurgent cities, MArch Year 4 Advanced Architectural Studies

Surface city, BSc Architecture Year 3 Dissertation

Architectural representations, BSc Architecture Year 2 History and Theory

Architecture Research II, BSc Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies Year 2


University College London
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2018
Manchester Metropolitan University
Other higher degree, Master of Arts (Hons) | 2011
Universitatea Babes - Bolyai, Cluj - Napoca
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2010
Universitatea Babes - Bolyai, Cluj - Napoca
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2008


Dr SabinaAndron is a London-based architectural historian and urban scholarspecializing in urban public cultures in the neoliberal city, and methods basedon visual, semiotic and legal analyses.

Her research interests focus onthe right to the city, urban surface inscriptions and materialities, crime andtransgression, and urban semiotics. She completed her PhD in 2018 at theBartlett School of Architecture, University College London, with a thesistitled “Graffiti, Street Art and theRight to the Surface: For a Semiotic, Cultural and Legal Approach to UrbanSurfaces and Inscriptions” – to be published by Routledge in 2023.

Sabina’s work includes modules on thehistory of London architecture, representations of architecture and cities, neoliberalurbanism and city cultures, crime in cities, and graffiti, spatial justice andthe image of the city. She was a UCL Grand Challenges grantee and organiser ofthe international Graffiti Sessions conference in 2014, as well as a BritishCouncil fellow at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. She is therecipient of the 2020 Prosser award for outstanding work in visualmethodologies, awarded by the International Visual Sociology Association.