The Bartlett School of Architecture

Prof Peg Rawes

Prof Peg Rawes

Professor of Architecture and Philosophy

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
11th Nov 1996

Research summary

Since 2010 my research has focused on social, architectural and material ecologies, or 'architectures of care'. My 3-year AHRC collaboration with Dr Beth Lord (Philosophy, Aberdeen) about wellbeing, equality and the UK housing crisis published the film, Equal by Design (2016). Made with our collaborators, Lone Star Productions, it includes interviews with key British charities, architects, journalists and academics working on housing issues, including: Shelter and The Equality Trust; architects, Sarah Wigglesworth, Peter Barber and Alex Ely; geographer, Danny Dorling and Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian. It can be viewed here: www.equalbydesign.co.uk

My two edited anthologies, Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed., 2016) and Architectural Relational Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (2013) publish architects alongside practitioners in the arts, environmental and human rights, social and medical research. Other recent related publications include: 'Dissimilarity: Spinoza's geometric ratios and housing welfare' (forthcoming 2018); 'Housing biopolitics and care' in Critical and Clinical Cartographies (2017); 'Planetary Aesthetics' in Landscape and Agency (2017); 'Humane and inhumane ratios' in Asymmetric Labors (2016); and 'Spinoza's geometric and ecological ratios' in The Politics of Parametricism (2015). My previous books examine the formation of material spatial relations and are titled, Space Geometry and Aesthetics: Through Kant and Towards Deleuze (2008) and Irigaray for Architects (2007).

Teaching summary

My teaching is primarily located in the MA Architectural History Programme, including leading the Critical Methodologies and Dissertation modules. My principal teaching platform is Materialist Ecological Architectures (Spring term) which examines a modern history and theory of ecology from a materialist perspective. Students learn how architectural histories and theories of ecology are informed by discourses in architecture, art, philosophy, scientific and environmental disciplines, dating from 17thc theories of substance in Spinoza to present-day debates of the anthropocene, ecofeminism and biopolitics.

I particularly welcome PhD applications on the following areas of study: 

- the politics of care and housing histories;

- ecological and materialist practices in architecture, art history and the visual arts;

- critical and feminist approaches to technology/computation.

Completed and current PhD student projects include: seventeenth-century architectural transactions; a critical history of construction at the South Bank; Deleuze's diagrams for affective design; Kleist's theory of collapse for experimental film-making; a feminist critique of digital architecture; performative practice and animal architecture; design through Spinoza's philosophy of joy; a postmodern historiography and, ecological critiques of landfill.  

My external appointments include: editorial member of Interstices, Journal of Architecture and the Related Arts. Perviously I have been: Chair, RIBA President's Medals, Dissertation Prize (2014-2017); Editorial board member of Architectural Histories, Journal of the European Architectural History Network, and a regular peer reviewer for Footprint, Edinburgh University Press and The Journal of Architecture. Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, RCA, TU Delft, RMIT, University of the Arts London and UCL, and Chelsea School of Art (BA Fine Art, 2006-10).


Goldsmiths College
PhD, History of Art | 2004
University of Warwick
MA, Philosophy and Literature | 1996
Oxford Brookes University
CLTAD, Visual Arts | 1994
University of Leeds
BA, Art History | 1990


I am Professor in Architecture and Philosophy, Programme Director of the MA Architectural History, and a PhD Supervisor for Architectural Design and Architectural History and Theory PhD Programmes. 

Trained in art history and philosophy, my research and teaching focus on material, political, technological and ecological histories and theories of contemporary architecture and art. I regularly give talks in the UK, EU and overseas, and have recently been invited to give lectures at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, University of Regensburg, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, The British School in Rome, KTH Stockholm, London School of Economics, KADK Copenhagen and TU Delft.