The Bartlett School of Architecture

Mr Stamatis Zografos

Mr Stamatis Zografos

Lecturer (Teaching)

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2014

Research summary

My research is best positioned at the intersection of architecture, critical heritage studies and psychoanalysis, and engages critically and methodologically with the element of fire. 

My monograph, which is based on my PhD research, was published in June 2019 by UCL Press and it is entitled Architecture and Fire, A Psychoanalytic Approach to Conservation. This book offers a radical reconceptualisation of architectural conservation through Freudian psychoanalysis, which emerges through the study of the intimate relationship between architecture and fire. The field of psychoanalytical studies of architecture has been gaining momentum yet approaching conservation through the drives theory is novel. This book has a twofold function. On the one hand, it puts forward a conservation model that promotes public participation and allows controlled destruction to be part of its agenda. On the other hand, it looks into the relationship between ‘architecture and fire’, a research area that is somehow underexplored but has sadly received huge attention in recent years, particularly in the aftermath of tragic events that have scarred modern history.

I am an active researcher producing research individually and collaboratively, through publications, exhibitions and public events. As part of a group, I recently received two seed funding grants from the British Academy for collaborative research workshops with other academics in the UK and Brazil. I have also developed a project in association with Lusofona University in Lisbon, Portugal, called 'Suffolk-Lisboa Complex Shore-Terrain'. 

My research activities are strongly interdisciplinary and often involve collaborations with artists, curators and other academics. I have engaged with a number of projects both in the UK and abroad, and exhibited in notable architectural and art events, such as the 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale ‘Close, Closer’ with a participatory Super 8 film and sound installation; a group exhibition in the New Digital Art Biennale in Brazil; the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2014 in Greenwich Maritime with a video installation. In 2018, I led a team that won a Historic England design competition entitled ‘Immortalised: A Design Competition’. 

Teaching summary

At UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, I teach History and Theory to Years 1, 2 and 3 in the BSc Architecture programme. I also supervise dissertations in the MA Architectural History and MArch Architecture programmes.

As a Visiting Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies (School of Architecture) at Royal College of Art, I supervise Masters dissertations. 

Between 2016-19, I was a Lecturer in Architecture at University of Suffolk teaching both theory and design.

At Coventry University, I taught Design (MArch Architecture) and Contextual Studies (BA Architecture)


Goldsmiths College
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013
Goldsmiths College
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2005
Kingston University
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma | 2003
University of Westminster
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1999


I am a Lecturer (Teaching) in Architectural History and Theory at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture and a Visiting Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies at Royal College of Art. I am also a practising architect (ARB registered) and a co-founder of Incandescent Square, an interdisciplinary platform for research and design with interests spanning from architecture and urbanism to critical heritage and curating (https://incandescentsquare.com/).

I have previously lectured at Coventry University and University of Suffolk. 

I studied architecture in the UK (University of Westminster & Kingston University). I also hold an MA and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths University of London.