The Bartlett School of Architecture

Mr Matthew Butcher

Mr Matthew Butcher

Senior Lecturer

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2010

Research summary

Matthew Butcher's research seeks to explore the relationship between architecture and other disciplines – in particular art practice and performance art. Recently the research has sought to utilise the history of innovative responses to the environment, seen in the history of art and performance, as a means to consider and develop an architecture that responds to rising sea levels, climate change, and inhabitation of coastal sites. Within this framework my design research – manifesting as built structures, events, drawings, texts and scaled models – explores spaces and forms that are performative in that their material state changes, or is perceived to change, in relationship to conditions such as the environments in which they are located, or through the actions of the people who inhabit them.

For more information please see: http://matthewbutcher.org


Teaching summary

Matthew Butcher  has been teaching architecture and design to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2007. `he has  run design studios at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, University of Greenwich, London and Chelsea College of Art, London.  Currently, at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, he is teaching a Masters level design studio, Unit 16, on the MArch Architecture course with Ana Monrabal Cook.


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma of Architecture | 2004
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 2000


Matthew Butcher is an academic, writer and designer. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague. Recent projects and exhibitions include ‘2EmmaToc/Writtle Calling’ a temporary radio station in Essex,  ‘Flood House’ a floating architecture developed in collaboration with Jes Fernie and Focal Point Gallery in Southend and The Mansio, a retreat for writers and poets that travelled sites across Hadrian’s Wall in the summer of 2016 which was nominated for the 2017 Architects Journal Small Projects Prize. Matthew is also the editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Visitng Professor at the School of Architecture Genoa Univrsity.