I am a Reader in Architectural History & Theory and Assistant Research Director at the School of Architecture + Cities. My studies were at the Polytechnic University of Turin and University College London, where I completed my PhD in 2004 after taking a Master with distinction in History of Modern Architecture. Subsequently, I held fellowships from the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture – where I also curated the exhibition ‘Modernism in Miniature: Points of View’ (2011).
Prior to joining Westminster I taught at several schools in UK (UCL, Brighton, Canterbury) and Turkey (METU). I have been a Visiting Professor at Istanbul Technical University, IUAV University of Venice, and University of Cagliari, and External Assessor at the University of Brighton. I actively promote international links and academic collaborations, including Erasmus teaching exchanges. Currently, I am in the Committee of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) and in the Steering Group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA).
My main area of research lies at the intersection between architectural history and visual culture. I have published on a wide range of subjects, from aerial visuality to underground space, in a number of books and scholarly journals such as Architectural Theory Review, The Journal of Architecture, and Emotion, Space and Society. Edited works include special issues of Architectural Histories and The London Journal as well as the volume Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate, 2014).
I would welcome PhD research proposals on various aspects of architectural studies, and in particular in the following areas: twentieth-century architectural history and theory; modernity/modernism(s); urban and visual cultures; architectural representation (literature, film, photography); travel cultures.
I have been a founding Course Leader for the Architecture MA, where I currently teach the core module on Critical Issues in Architecture for the History & Theory pathway. I also teach History & Theory and supervise dissertations in the M.Arch course (RIBA Part 2).
Vertigo in the City
I am currently leading the collaborative and interdisciplinary project Vertigo in the City: Conversations between the Sciences, Arts and Humanities. The exploratory phase of the project was funded by a Wellcome Trust grant in the Medical Humanities, and culminated in a symposium we hosted at Westminster in 2015. The event brought together scholars and practitioners from different fields, ranging from architecture and urban planning to psychology and medical science, to explore different meanings and manifestations of vertigo in relation to the built environment. An special issue of Emotion, Space and Society based on this event was published in 2018.
Further details on the project website: www.vertigointhecity.com
Projects and Grants
Aerial Photography and Urban Visions
This long-standing project stems from my PhD research, which investigated the impact of aerial photography on the representation of the modern city in interwar Europe. Essays based on this research have been published in the edited volumes The Image and the Witness (Wallflower / Columbia University Press, 2007), Imagining the City (Peter Lang, 2006), and Endangered Cities (Brill, 2004). My post-doctoral project, focusing on the aerial imagery of interwar London, was awarded a Fellowship by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2007. I then co-convened at Westminster the colloquium Eyes over London, sponsored by Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and subsequently co-edited a themed issue of The London Journal on ‘Aerial Views of Metropolitan London’ (2010) that includes my own article 'Capital Views'.
Modernism in Miniature
This research, initially funded through a Visiting Scholarship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), examined the relationship between photography and the architectural model within modernist culture. The main outcomes of the project were the exhibition Modernism in Miniature: Points of View, which I curated at the CCA in 2011, and an essay published in the edited volume Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City (Ashgate, 2012).
Picturing Modern Ankara
The AHRC-funded research, Picturing Modern Ankara: ‘New Turkey’ in Western Imagination, explored the cross-cultural perceptions of modern Ankara that were recorded during the early period of the Turkish Republic. As part of this project in 2012 I organised, jointly with SOAS, the international symposium The Making of Modern Ankara: Space, Politics, Representations. Two essays based on this research have been published to date in The Journal of Architecture (2013), and in the edited book The City in the Muslim World: Depictions by Western Travel Writers (Routledge 2015).
This collaboration between the faculties of Architecture and the Built Environment (FABE) and Media Art and Design (MAD) at Westminster investigated the shifting state of landscape in an increasingly globalised world. We organised an international and interdisciplinary conference, in 2010, which led to several outputs including a themed issue of The Journal of Architecture (‘Critical Perspectives on Landscape’) and an edited book comprising a range of scholarly papers and visual essays – Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate 2014).
I am currently supervising the following doctoral students:
- Timothy L. Waterman, ‘Ecological anarchism in architecture’ (PhD by published work)
- Emilia Siandou, ‘Modern architecture in Cyprus as heritage’
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.