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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 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

(2015 – present) Senior 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) Senior 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

Education

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

Biography

Dr Sabina Andron is a London-based architectural historian and urban scholar specializing in urban public cultures in the neoliberal city, and methods based on visual, semiotic and legal analyses.

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, working 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, as well as a British Council fellow at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. She is the recipient of the 2020 Prosser award for outstanding work in visual methodologies, awarded by the International Visual sociology Association. 


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