Professor Lindsay Bremner
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I am Director of Architectural Research in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. I was previously Professor of Architecture and Chair in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia (2006 - 2011) and Chair of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (1998 - 2004). I am an award-winning architect and writer and published, lectured and exhibited widely on the transformation of Johannesburg after the end of apartheid. My published work on the city include The Politics of Rising Acid Mine Water(2013), Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998 - 2008(2010), chapters in Johannesburg - the Elusive Metropolis(2008), The Endless City (2008), Desire Lines: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-Apartheid City (2007), Future City (2005), and contributions to Environment and Planning A and D, Domus, Public Culture, Social Identities, Social Dynamics, Cities and Urban Forum. In my design work, I take on projects with social or cultural agendas such as my third placed entry for a Cyclone Shelter in Bangladesh (with Jeremy Voorhees, 2011), award winning Sans Souci Cinema project in Kliptown, Soweto (with 26'10 South Architects, 2004 - 2007) and second placed entry to the Freedom Square Competition (with Mashabane Rose Architects, 2002). My current work is exploring ways of thinking about architecture as geology, and the ocean as architecture. I hold M. Arch and DSc. Arch degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a B.Arch degree from the University of Cape Town.
I have taught architectural design and theory of design at all levels, from the first year of the undergraduate degree to the final year of the graduate degree, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, (1983-2004) Temple University in Philadelphia (2006-2011) and the University of Westminster in London (2012,2013). I was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught an advanced graduate design studio (2005). Since being at the University of Westminster, I have contributed to the Contemporary Issues in Architecture and Urbanism and Extended Essay modules in the Architecture BAHons and the History and Theory and Dissertation modules in the MArch. In addition, in 2012/13, I taught the Design Practice module and contributed to Thesis Development and Thesis Modules in the MArch. I currently teach DS18 in the MArch programme with Boberto Bottazzi, where we are investigating architecture as matter and energy. I supervise 9 PHD students, as Director of Studies for 5 and Co-supervisor for 4.
I have been invited as a visiting lecturer or design critic to many institutions in the world, including the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam; the Centre of Contemporary Culture, Barcelona; Columbia University, New York; Cornell University, Ithaca NY; Documenta Platform 11, Lagos; Harvard University, Boston MA; House of World Cultures, Berlin; International Architecture Symposium Pontresina, Switzerland; Quito Architecture Biennale, Ecuador; University of California, Berkeley, CA; University of Cape Town; University of Cordoba, Argentina; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MI; University of Pavia, Italy; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; University of Princeton, NJ; Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio, Switzerland and elsewhere.
My ongoing research is in two areas: thinking about architecture as geology, and the ocean as architecture. Geoarchitecture is research into intersections between architecture, geology and politics. It is being undertaken through investigative research, writing and design studios and has been presented conferences and has a number of published outputs. My 2012 MA Arch studio, London Geological Lab explored iconic London buildings as geological formations. Since 2013, I have been teaching DS18 with Ronerto Bottazzi, where we are investigating shale gas fracking as an urban and an architectural proposition. Folded Ocean is researching the organisational and spatial logics of the Indian Ocean world. It approaches this from the perspective of the ocean, a fluid, anti-geographical space where many energies, practices and imaginaries (human and more-than-human) intersect, overlap and compete. It identifies and maps these, following their itineraries as they fold into spatial and architectural products on land, figuring both sea and land based logics. To date, five case studies have been undertaken: the Ganges / Brahmaputra / Meghna delta in India and Bangladesh; the ship breaking yards of Chittagong; Diego Garcia in the Chagos Archipelago, Lamu in Kenya and the disappearance of MH370 into the southern Indian ocean. The project is conducted through investigative research, writing, mapping and design. It has a number of published outputs and a third placed entry in an International design competition (with Jeremy Voorhees) (arch daily, 27 Jan 2012).
I am Director of Architectural Research in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and co-ordinate the Expanded Territories Research Group.
I am a Commissioning Editor for the Journal of Architecture, on the Advisory Board for the Contested Territories Series, Open Humanities Press and the Editorial Board of UR Journal, terreform center for advanced urban research. I have also served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Cities, City and Society, Building Research & Information, Social Dynamics, Architectural Histories and as a member of the Scientific Committee for the Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa Conference, University of Lisbon, 2013 and the African Perspectives Conference, University of Pretoria and the Delft University of Technology, 2009. I was London School of Economics and Political Science Urban Age Programme Advisor, 2006-2009 and continue to serve as a South African Research Foundation (NRF) Research Rating Referee.
I am Director of Studies for:
- Izis Salvador Pinto: Study of moveable and deployable structures using EFT Cushions (2014)
- May Aljamea: Socio-cultural Needs and the Design of the Saudi House (2017)
- Lilit Mnatsakanyan: Armenia: Working with Stone (2017)
- John Walter: Alien Sex Club (2017)
- Annarita Papeschi: Adaptive Masterplanning (P/T, 2021)
- and on the Supervisory Committee for: Noha Alhamadi: Voice of the Vernacular: Forgotten Buildings of Saudi Arabia (2016)
- Samra Kahn: Development of the Sethi Havelis, Peshawar 1810-1890 (2017)
- Sarah Milne: The Draper's company dinner book as a map of the City of London (2016)
- Nabil Ahmed: Radical Meteorology (Goldsmiths College, UCL, 2014)