The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Sabina Andron

Dr Sabina Andron

Teaching Fellow

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
28th Sep 2015

Research summary

My research focuses on graffiti, street art and urban surfaces, and my interest is to understand the dynamic between surfaces and inscriptions, their spatial politics and their impact on ruban cultures.

I research graffiti and street art in relation to neoliberal urban governance agendas, between criminalisation, eradication, and commodification as part of the creative cities paradigm.

More importantly, I am interested in issues related to urban spatial production and the right to the city, and I am working on developing a theoretical framework to understand the right to the city by analysing surface inscriptions and regulatory frameworks: the right to the city is the right to the surface. 

I have developed a method of reading urban surfaces which I call surface semiotics (or wall interviewing). This is an original method to interpret inscriptions in-situ, which I use as a form of analytical visual method throughout my work. Approaches from art sociology, visual culture and legal geography also inform my work on the image of the city, urban property regimes, and issues of access and control of urban spaces.

I am interested in urban surfaces as spaces of collective political production and agency, and as key sites for the exploration of urgent notions such as the right to the city and the urban commons.

Teaching summary

(2015 – present) Lecturer, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London

(2015 – present) Module leader in History and Theory of Interiors, BA Interior Design Years 1,2,3, and MA Interior Design

(2018 – present) Lecturer in History and Theory of Cities, BA Architecture

(2017 – present) Teaching Fellow, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Module co-leader, with Prof Iain Borden, Representations of Cities, MA Architectural History

Teaching Fellow in History and Theory, BSc Architecture Year 3

Teaching Fellow in History and Theory, BSc Architecture Year 2

(2018 – present) Sessional tutor, Department of Architecture, Ravensbourne University London

(07/2018) Weekend Course Leader, Royal Academy of Arts London

(2015-18) Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

(2015-17) Teaching Assistant in the History of London Architecture, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London


University College London
PhD, Architectural History | 2018
Manchester Metropolitan University
MA, Visual Communication | 2011
Universitatea Babes - Bolyai, Cluj - Napoca
MA, Theatre studies | 2010
Universitatea Babes - Bolyai, Cluj - Napoca
BA, Comparative Literature | 2008


Dr Sabina Andron is a London-based architectural historian and urban scholar.

Her research interests focus on the right to the city, urban surface inscriptions and materialities, crime and transgression, and urban semiotics. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, with a thesis titled Graffiti, Street Art and the Right to the Surface: For a Semiotic, Cultural and Legal Approach to Urban Surfaces and Inscriptions.

Sabina currently lectures across London, including work at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of East London, and Ravensbourne University. Her work includes modules on the history of London architecture, the history of the home and interior design, neoliberal urbanism and city cultures, and graffiti, spatial justice and the image of the city. She was a UCL Grand Challenges grantee and organiser of the international Graffiti Sessions conference in 2014, and a British Council fellow at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. She is co-convenor, with Susan Hansen, of the Art on the Streets symposium.