Prof Peg Rawes
Professor of Architecture and Philosophy
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 11th Nov 1996
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).
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