The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Shaun Murray

Dr Shaun Murray

Lecturer (Teaching)

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2017

Research summary

I am the Editor-in-Chief of Design Ecologies Journal published by Intellect Books which unpacks the theories and futures of ENIAtype. 

Research interests

As an architect I use the architectural drawing and its modes of representation and its construction as means to speculate on the future of architecture. Over the past twenty-four years I have drawn speculations that often involve weaving together speculations on how geo-architectures, enviro-architectures, socio-architectures can communicate new modes of the practice of architecture through architectural drawings. I have developed new methodologies for architecture to be within the drawing through how the drawing is constructed and how to have multiple different dialogues with the same drawing about the future of our environments and built environment. 

Dr Murray is developing a design research field entitled ENIAtype which is concerned with the interrelationship of ecological, notational, instructional and aesthetical types in methodologies of communicating architectural design. The research unpacks the totality or pattern of linkages between drawing architecture and environmental constraints. The focus is on the art of transfer or conveyance from one place to another by simultaneously taking into account the human body and its surroundings in the production of architecture.

Teaching summary

Dr Murray is a senior teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He is a design tutor on the M.Enge course in Engineering and Architectural Design and a Thesis tutor on the Masters in Architecture (RIBA Part 2). 

Dr Murray is also a senior lecturer at the University of Greenwich where he coordinates technology on the undergraduate course in architecture and a design tutor on the Masters in Architecture (RIBA Part 2). 

Dr Murray is also supervising two PhD candidates including Yorgos Loizos, ‘Surrealist Photography in the making of the analogical house.’ Alan Pottinger, ‘The Human Spectrum: Posthuman Architectural Theory’.


Dr. Shaun Murray ARB

Dr Shaun Murray is a qualified architect and the director of ENIAtype, a transdisciplinary architecture practice founded in 2011. He gained his doctorate in architecture at the Planetary Collegium CAiiA Star, University of Plymouth. He is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at University of Greenwich and a Senior Teaching Fellow on MEng Engineering and Architecture course and a Masters Thesis Tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Previously he was a Unit Master at the Architectural Association and is the author of Disturbing Territories (Springer 2006) showcasing his pioneering work in architectural drawing has been published widely. Dr Murray is the Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed design journal Design Ecologies, that was set up as a platform for the state-of-the-art experiments that link architecture, technology and philosophy, and is published biannually through Intellect Books. Project on Tellurian Relics was published in Architectural Design, Celebrating the Marvellous: Surrealism in Architecture in 2018. Shaun has recently exhibited new works at a drawing exhibition in Shanghai from October to November ‘Sensorium is part of the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2019 (SUSAS) a series of exhibitions examining waterfronts. Dr Murray is apart of an international group of architects and curators who meet bi-annually to discuss the production and exhibition of architectural drawings.

In 2023,  Dr Murray’s drawings will be on display in New York at A83 Gallery with a talk at The Cooper Union. In 2023, Dr Murray had an exhibition on ‘Drawing Conversations’ at Montreal Design Centre to accompany three publication on Drawing Architecture including Design Ecologies article entitled ‘Drawing Architecture, Architectural Design article on ‘World Shaping’ and Design Conversations: Contemporary Practice in Architecture published by Humphrey Lund.