Prof Peg Rawes
Professor of Architecture and Philosophy
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 2003
I am an interdisciplinary architectural historian whose work focuses on 'relational architectural ecologies’. Since 2013, my research has examined these concerns in three intersecting modes:
a. Architectural ecologies and practices of human and non-human life: 'Visualising uncertainty and vulnerability', Life in the Time of Coronavirus Podcast, IAS UCL, July, 2020; ‘Nonhuman architectural ecologies’ and ‘Interview with Peg Rawes’, in Is There an Object-oriented Architecture? Graham Harman (2020); and ‘Insecure predictions’, E-flux Architecture, 24 July 2018.
b. Planetary poetics and imaginaries: 'Conversation on architecture, design and the climate emergency' with Design Earth, Reimagining Museums for Climate Action (2021); ‘Building Sexuate Architectures of Sustainability’, Thinking Life with Luce Irigaray (2020); ‘Aesthetic geometries of life’, Textual Practice, 33:5 (2019) and ‘Planetary Aesthetics’, in Landscape and Agency (2017).
c. Housing ecologies: 'Housing biopolitics and care', in Critical and Clinical Cartographies: Embodiment, Technology, Care, Design (2017); ‘Material and Rational Feminisms', in Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (2017); and ‘Spinoza’s Geometric and Ecological Ratios’, The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies in Architecture (2015).
My funded research collaborations include: UCL PI for TACK Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing, an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie 2020 Training Framework (www.tacit-knowledge-architecture.com). Previously, the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing published the film, Equal by Design (www.equalbydesign.co.uk 2016). Made with Beth Lord (PI, Aberdeen) and film-makers, Lone Star Productions, it interviews key British charities, architects, journalists and academics working on housing issues and wellbeing.
I am also Equality Diversity and Inclusion lead for the Faculty's BauHow5 partnership with ETH Zurich, TU Delft, TU Munich and Chalmers Universities, and on the Steering Committee for the University of London in Paris' Banister Fletcher Fellowship (2020-23).
- Goldsmiths College
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
- University of Warwick
- Other higher degree, Master of Arts (Hons) | 1996
- Oxford Brookes University
- Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching | 1994
- University of Leeds
- First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1990
I am Professor in Architecture and Philosophy and Programme Director of the MA Architectural History. I also supervise Architectural and Urban History and Theory and Architectural Design PhDs. Trained in art history and philosophy at the Universities of Leeds, Warwick and Goldsmiths, I am author of the books, Space, Geometry and Aesthetics: Towards Kant and through Deleuze (2008), Irigaray for Architects (2007) and edited collections, Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (2013), and Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed 2016), which publish architects together with humanities, social science, human and environmental rights and medical practitioners.
I regularly collaborate with colleagues across the academic architectural communities in the UK, EU, US and Australia. I also have strong links with collaborative groups in UCL, especially, the Institute for Advanced Studies (www.ucl.ias) and the Anthropocene Initiative. My recent invited talks to architectural, humanities and arts researchers in the UK, EU and overseas have included: Cornell, The Getty Research Institute, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, ETH Zurich, Iowa State University, KTH Stockholm, IE Madrid, Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Architectural Association, Cambridge University, Manchester University, and the London School of Economics.
My academic peer reviewing includes: Architectural Histories, Interstices, Footprint, Journal of Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Routledge and Bloomsbury academic presses. I have contributed to research and scientific review committees of architectural design, wellbeing and diversity, anthropogenic and ecological arts in the UK, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and in the US, and co-led the Department's 2014REF submission.