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

I teach the following modules at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2020-21:

Representations of Cities, MA Architectural History

Urban environments as cultural experiences and their representations through film, through psychogeography, modernisms, informality, destruction and reconstruction

Insurgent cities, MArch Year 4

Regulation and disorder in global cities, through legal geography, criminology, subcultural studies, protest and subversion

Surface city, BSc Architecture Year 3

Urban surfaces and inscriptions through discourses of regeneration, order, visibility, creative urbanism, law, ownership, the right to the city and spatial justice

Architectural representations, BSc Architecture Year 2

The production, use, experience and impact of contemporary architecture through text, drawing, image, activism and broadcasting

History and theory of engineering and architecture, MEng Year 1

Building-based survey course focused on London


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 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, University College London, 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” – to be published by Routledge in 2022.

Sabina’s work includes modules on the history of London architecture, representations of architecture and cities, neoliberal urbanism and city cultures, crime in cities, 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.