Dr Fiona Zisch
Lecturer in Architecture
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jul 2015
Fiona Zisch runs Design Pathway 2 ‘Radical Realities’ on the Bartlett School of Architecture’s MArch Design for Performance and Interaction, where she also leads History and Theory. Students on Design for Performance and Interaction challenge the boundaries of traditional understandings of architecture and work across disciplines and methods. Pathway 2 is interested in 5EA cognition and atmospheres, expanding classic 4EA models to further integrate Entanglement. A focus on embodiment and movement is central and the studio interweaves traditional models of experience to critically explore and inform design. Work can be found at www.interactivearchitecture.org
She is Departmental Tutor on the MEng Engineering and Architectural Design and also supervises students on the Architectural Design MPhil/PhD.
Fiona has lectured extensively at architecture schools internationally and regularly gives invited lectures to students and contributes to workshops and seminars, additionally sitting on advisory boards and acting as external examiner.
Fiona Zisch studied architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Lunds Tekniska Hogskola, Sweden. After a brief excursion first into the world of design for outer space at NASA and then into film architecture and production design, Fiona practiced as an architect, working in offices in Vienna and London; she was also active as a freelance architectural writer in Vienna and Innsbruck, before taking up a lectureship at studio2 at the University of Innsbruck. Fiona gained her PhD at UCL at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Gage and Prof. Hugo Spiers. She is a collaborator in the research group Spierslab and is part of the Interactive Architecture Lab where she teaches design on its MArch Design for Performance and Interaction and leads its History and Theory strand. Together with Ruairi Glynn and Michael Wagner, Fiona runs BartlettTV, the School of Architecture’s broadcasting and XR studio.