ABOUT

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I am an architectural historian interested in the surfaces of cities as sites of political contention. I have been researching graffiti and street art for more than ten years, and am currently developing a theoretical and methodological framework for investigating the surfaces of cities.

I teach architectural history at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the University of East London, and Ravensbourne University, and I run workshops and outreach programmes on public creativity and the right to the city.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Urban Environments Research Network.

Degrees and Qualifications

  • PhD Architectural History and Theory, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (2018). Thesis title: “Graffiti, street art and the right to the surface: for a semiotic, cultural and legal approach to urban surfaces and inscriptions”
  • MA Visual Culture, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University (2011)
  • MA Theatre, Media and Performance Studies, Faculty of Theatre & Television, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania (2010)
  • BA Comparative Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Babes-Bolyai University (2008)

Teaching

  • Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Theory, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London: Y2 Architext, MA Representations of Cities (2017-present)
  • Lecturer and Module Leader in Interior Design History and Theory, Y1, Y2, Y3, MA, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London (2015-present)
  • Dissertation tutor, School of Architecture, Ravensbourne University
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Architectural History, Bartlett, Y3, MAAH, UCL (2015-18)
  • Teaching Assistant in the History of London Architecture, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London (2015-17)
  • Taster Lecturer (Years 8-12), UCL Outreach Department and Widening Participation (2016-present)
  • Associate Lecturer, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2016-17)

Other appointments

  • Fellow, Venice Architecture Biennale, British Council, 2016
  • Director, Arts Facilitation London, 2012-16
  • Administrator, UCL Urban Laboratory, 2012-14
  • Assistant curator, Cities Methodologies exhibition, 2013-14

Selected projects and talks

2018

2017

2016

  • Panel Speaker at the Paris Urban Art Fair
  • 100 Days of Leake Street: A Study of Repeat Photography as a Graffiti Research Method, paper at Visualising the Street Conference, ASCA Cities, Amsterdam, Netherlands, sponsored by the UCL Graduate School
  • Street Art, Graffiti and the Right to the City, paper at Particles Intermedia Lab and Festival, Arad, Romania, sponsored by Citizenit
  • 100 Days of Leake Street interactive website at Contested Cities conference, Madrid, Spain
  • Regeneration vs Degeneration: What Happens when Graffiti Takes Over?, paper at the Art in the Streets Symposium, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

2015

2014

2013

  • Taking Place: New Geographical Approaches to the Site-Specificity of Street Art, paper at MediaGeo Conference, Art and Geography, Lyon, France
  • GraffiCity: Materialised Visual Practices in Public Urban Space, Cologne, Germany
  • PhD Forum presentation at the Global Cities and Theories of Interruption Workshop, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, New York; sponsored by UCL Urban Laboratory
  • Taking Place: New Geographical Approaches to the Site-Specificity of Street Art, paper at Urban Popcultures conference, Prague, Czech Republic; sponsored by the Architecture Research Fund and UCL Graduate School
  • Train & Engage public engagement award for Street Art and Graffiti Workshops
  • Framing Transgression. The Role of City Surface Structures in the Placement of Street Art, paper at the Frames and Framings Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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