Emmanouil Stavrakakis

The Architecture of Linear B

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Spyros Papapetros

Michael Ventris’ decipherment of Linear B was the more remarkable because he was not a professional scholar. He was an architect who became fascinated by this problem when he was still a teenager, managing to solve it when he was 32 years old. At his death some obituarists suggested that his achievement may have had something to do with his training as an architect. It is the hypothesis of this thesis that while Ventris lacked others’ experience in the field, his advantage came not just from his ‘brilliance’ but also from the forms of analysis he had acquired from his architectural training at the AA in the 1940’s.


Niloofar Kakhi

Identity Disinterred: The uses and abuses of a past in architectural representation of a present

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Vida Norouz Borazjani

This thesis follows the development of the historicist understanding of collective identity in the architecture of Iran since the country’s modernization in the 1920s. The architectural approach was a consequence of much broader socio-political conditions and nationalist movements that led to the change of monarchy in 1925 and ultimately the revolution of 1979. In this sense the thesis focuses on the politics of production of architectural knowledge and historiography and follows their academic developments. Ultimately the research aims to construct a conceptual platform for critically assessing representations of identity in contemporary architecture revisiting the almost ignored value of the contemporary as a means of expressing a collective identity.


Alejandra Celedon

Rhetorics of the Plan: Architecture and the City

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Pier Vittorio Aureli

Why did the plan dominate architectural discourse and practice for the last two centuries, and how did this affect the discipline? The plan – the site of architecture – reveals through its composition the potential for the production of the essential and typical form (eidos) of a building to emerge. The meaning of the word plan has changed over time, registering and triggering disciplinary changes – the relation between drawings and words, between objects and discourse. Such changes correlate with a shift in the definition and scope of the discipline – from the building, to the drawing (disegno) of buildings as objects, to the building as a device for organising and managing the city – that sees the building as an urban piece. PhD completed 2014.


Emanuel de Sousa

Heterotopia: Reframing Spatial Practices and Boundaries, c.1968 – 2008

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Edward W. Soja

The dissertation explores the long history of the term heterotopia from its emergence in biology and medicine in the late nineteenth century, to its appearance in cultural studies in architecture in the late twentieth century. Parallel research investigated the various formulations of type starting from the natural sciences, medicine and social sciences and subsequent appropriations in architecture and urbanism. Special attention was given to the international exhibitions Roma Interrota (Rome, 1978), 10 Immagini per Venezia (Venice, 1978-80) and International Bauausstellung Berlin (Berlin, 1979-87). These were studied to evaluate the renewed interest in ‘type’ and typological variation within ‘specific’ city formations, through the work of Aldo Rossi and John Hejduk, among others. PhD successfully completed December 2013, nominated as AA submission for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2014.


Kensuke Hotta

Programmable Architecture: Towards intelligent architecture

Supervisors: George Jeronimidis, Michael Weinstock

This project introduces a new strategy for robotic architecture as an intelligent system, consisting of both autonomous and subservient schemes that maintain a constant homeostasis within its contained environment. Information flow between Genetic Algorithms (GA) and user input prompt this hybrid system to output the consequent, ever-changing physical form. The hardware is an accumulation of self-sufficient machines dedicated to the actions of sensing-calculating-actuating. Each makes its own simple decisions, which collectively turn into a larger problem-solving machine that simultaneously takes central orders into account. As a case study a machine organized using tensegrity-based components of variable forms was proposed. A physical model of this machine has been built and tested via the electrically controlled and wirelessly connected microcomputer chip Arduino. PhD completed 2014.


Patricia Martin del Guayo

Environmental Perception: climate in urban public spaces

Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Paula Cadima

Urbanisation has not only changed the environmental properties of our surroundings, it has also affected our relationship and interactions with them. The way people use public spaces is strongly influenced by the environmental conditions experienced in these spaces. A design that generates a comfortable climatic environment promotes the use of urban public spaces, enhancing social cohesion and improving quality of life within cities. This research project addresses these issues by studying people’s environmental perceptions of urban public spaces. With field studies in Soho Square, London and several locations in Spain the project investigates the factors influencing environmental perception with the aim of developing appropriate design strategies and techniques for improving environmental conditions in outdoor urban spaces.


Winyu Ardrugsa

‘Stranger’ and ‘Home-Land’: Religious Practice and Spatial Negotiations of Thai Muslims in Contemporary Bangkok

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Modjtaba Sadria

Situated to challenge the established essentialist understanding of ‘Muslim space’, this research investigates the relationship between subject formations and spatial negotiations through the everyday prayer practices of the reformist Muslims of Bangkok and the processes carried out in relation to ‘urban’ mosques, ‘public’ prayer rooms and ‘else’-where. The thesis argues for a destabilised body-place of relationships though producing specific conditions of spatial intimacy. PhD completed 2012.


Nerma Cridge

Drawing the Unbuildable

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Mark Cousins

Starting from a premise that many highly important architectural projects are not simply unbuilt, but rather unbuildable, the thesis defines the category of the unbuildable. Both the unbuildable and the buildable will be revealed as working distinctly, but pertinently, not in opposition to one another. The discussion focuses on case studies from the peak period of the unbuildable -post-revolutionary Soviet Union- including Tatlin’s Tower and the Palace of the Soviets. Speculations on El Lissitzky’s Cloud Stirrups form the basis for the examination of the notion of an architectural series. PhD awarded 2012.


Luciano Dutra

Design Process and Environmental Information: applicability of design support tools

Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Peter Sharratt


Dong Ku Kim

Climate-Interactive Building Design in a Korean Climate

Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Rosa Schiano-Phan

Continuous adaptation to surrounding environmental change is essential to sustain life. Like living beings, buildings can provide a comfortable environment adjusted to outdoor climate variations. This research project focuses on the potential of climate-interactive building design strategies for the high seasonal variations of the Korean climate. PhD awarded 2012.


Choul Woong Kwon

Transitional Spaces: the role of sheltered semi-outdoor spaces as microclimatic modifiers on school buildings in the UK climate

Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Rosa Schiano-Phan

Field observations and extensive computer modelling and simulation studies combining thermal, airflow and daylighting analysis have provided design guidelines on how to achieve acceptable environmental conditions that allow outdoor spaces adjacent to school classrooms to be used as extension of the teaching space without adversely affecting natural light and fresh air supply to the parent building. PhD awarded 2012.


Tania Lopez Winkler

The Detective of Modern Life

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Teresa Stoppani

The premise of this thesis is that in the 19c the city reconfigured human experience. The main argument is explored using the Private Detective literature of 19c London from which the clue is extracted as a semantic devise and used as tool/site of investigation into urban questions. Secondly, the thesis proposes the literary figure of the English Private Detective as equivalent to that of the flâneur – a figure considered to be hosted in Paris and lacking in London. Both figures provide semiographical readings of 19c capital cities. PhD awarded 2012.


Frances Mikuriya

Time Space Pathologies

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Tim Brittain-Catlin


Kristine Mun

Vitalizing Technology: on the mode of invention

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Lars Spuybroek


Clara Oloriz

Projecting Technology: Systems of Production in 1950s and 60s Spanish Architecture

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Carlos Naya

This thesis reflects on the relationship between technology and architecture. In particular, it explores how mass-production and industrialisation in the decades after World War II not only transformed production and construction, but also reconfigured the practice of architecture. Through the analysis of new methods of construction in Spain during the 1950s and 60s, the investigation examines the concept of component design and the resulting production systems from a material, structural, formal and spatial perspective. PhD completed in 2012.


Feifei Sun

Achieving Suitable Thermal Performance for Residential Buildings in Different Regions of China

Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Rosa Schiano-Phan

The purpose of this research was to identify new technologies and applications of existing practices that can significantly improve energy efficiency and indoor thermal comfort of new residential buildings in China. The study investigated and presents this potential for each of the country’s five climatic regions. PhD awarded 2012.


Enrique Walker

The Infra-Ordinary City: George Perec’s Lieux Project

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Hugo Hinsley


Katharina Borsi

Urban Domestic: The Diagram of the Berlin Block

Supervisors: Lawrence Barth, Mark Cousins


Eva Eylers

Hygiene and Health in Modern Urban Planning: the sanatorium and its role within the modernist movement

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, Anthony Vidler

The main question centres on the migrations of the programmatic typology of the sanatorium, its engagement with the city and its instrumental role in the debates on the planning of the modern city. Using this specific building type as an analytical device, and considering the medical and psychological conditions posed by the modern metropolis -of which the sanatorium is a product of and a response – this research discusses how the tuberculosis sanatorium provided a cure not only against TB, but against diseases associated with the experience of the city.
PhD Awarded 2011


Pavlos Philippou

Cultivating Urbanism The Architecture of Cultural Institutions

Supervisors: Lawrence Barth, Jorge Fiori

Beginning in the late nineteenth century and becoming codified by the early twentieth, cultural buildings came to acquire a salient role in urban reasoning. The thesis pursues the architectural richness of this reasoning through three distinct but interrelated cases, which exemplify the themes and strategies linking cultural buildings to the spatial politics of the liberal metropolis. Seen in their relation to a complex and persistent urban discourse, these cases allow us to see the continuities as well as the dynamism and differentiation that architecture brings to the urban field. PhD awarded 2011.


Jose Zavala

Towards a multidimensional approach in the design of housing policies

Supervisors: Jorge Fiori, Ronaldo Ramirez


Doreen Bernath

On Architecture of Building the Picture – China And Pictorial Introjection

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Teresa Stoppani

Projects in contemporary Chinese practices are very often being visualised and even realised on the basis of highly effective computer renderings, known as effect drawings, while representations in plans, sections and elevations become a posterior exercise of ‘fitting into the picture’. This PhD research project traces the link between the employment of pictorial strategies and a long tradition in Chinese visual arts and theatre of an aesthetic preference for an idealised frontal configuration. The thesis examines the capacity to use new forms of digital software, which has furthered architectural design as an introjective process, to be significant beyond a specifically Chinese context. PhD Awarded 2010


Pablo León de la Barra Vargas

Art and Architecture: the creation of space and place in contemporary art

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Jorge Fiori


Chittawadi Chitrabongs

The politics of dressing up

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Marina Lathouri

The thesis documents the process of hygiene reforms carried out by King Rama V of Siam who reigned from 1868 until 1910. King Rama V was aiming to increase the royal authority in Bangkok by imposing his distinctive ideas of order and neatness, willing to import and use objects and practices from the west. The argument of the thesis is that Rama V’s reform was not ‘westernization’ but a highly developed fantasy.


Valeria Guzmán-Verri

Graphic form as a system of regulation

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Marina Lathouri

The thesis explores the rise of a series of printed forms, which start to formally organise ways of thinking across a number of fields of knowledge in the nineteenth century. It argues that the systematic use of statistical and numerical data together with its forms of representation developed a certain typography in which modern architects, urban planners, sociologists, economists and administrators were captured.


Nikos Koronis

The Total Work of Art in Modern Architecture

Supervisors: Gordana Korolija Fontana-Giusti & Marina Lathouri


Kirk Wooller

Changing the Criteria for Innovation: The Architecture Magazine as a Project, c.1956-2006

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri, David Dunster

This dissertation explores the diminishing role of judgement in contemporary architectural writing and the implications this has for the innovation of architectural knowledge. Focusing on the historiographical argument that the architecture magazine provides a site for innovation, the thesis explores particular architectural publications over the last fifty years, taking the publications of Reyner Banham and Rem Koolhaas as case studies of a transition from ‘architectural criticism’ to ‘architectural intelligence’. The research shows how a decreasing presence of judgement disables the possibility of readers taking a position either for or against what is being registered in these publications.


Derin Inan

From Cartography to Master Planning

Supervisors: Marina Lathouri & Mark Cousins

The Ankara Plan: an index of urban discourses in early twentieth century Turkey.


Pedro Ignacio Alonso

The Architecture of Assemblage in the Rhetoric of the New Construction: between the expanded meaning of construction and the turning point of building


Claudio Araneda

Dis-Information in the Information Age City: the size of the American block as an urban anachronism

Supervisors: Jorge Fiori & Hugo Hinsley


Kaarina-Nancy Bauer

Heinrich Wölfflin

Supervisors: Mark Cousins & Dalibor Vesely


Hua Li

’Chinese Architecture’ + ‘Western Architecture’: A false dichotomy

Supervisors: Mark Cousins & Stephan Feuchtwang


Dulce Moreno Marques De Almeida

The Effect of Microclimate on the Design of Pedestrian Areas in Cities

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Sharratt


Manuela Antoniu

On Hunger and the Phagic in Architecture

Supervisors: Mark Cousins & Anton Schutz


Marcelo A. Espinosa Martinez

Architecture of negative realities : a discussion about holes in the production of contemporary architecture

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Marina Lathouri


John Abell

Desiring Spatialities – Architectural Effects: On the Architectural Exposé of Psychosexual Empathy, Form and Space

Supervisors: M. Cousins / S. Yannas


Rachel McCann

The Intercorporeal Experience and Design of Architecture

Supervisors: N. Leach / M. Cousins


James Fischer

An Expansion of the Professionalism of Pierre Charles L’Enfant and its Re-usage by later American Architectural Professionals

Supervisors: M. Cousins / S. Yannas


Nuttinee Karnchanaporn

Fear as a cultural Phenomenon in Thailand with Special Reference to the Spatial Relations of Domestic Architecture

Supervisors: M. Lathouri / M. Cousins


Solange Goulart

Thermal Inertia & Night Ventilation

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Sharratt


Rosa Schiano-Phan

The Development of Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling Systems Using Porous Ceramic Evaporators and their Application in Residential Building

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Ines Weizman (Geisler)

The Disappearance of Everyday Life in East Germany Since Reunification.

Supervisors: M. Cousins / S. Yannas


Jose Brandao

The Role of Urban Design in Strategic Planning: The Case of Rio de Janeiro

Supervisors: J Fiori / H Hinsley


Bojana Barltrop

Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Desire: An Architectural Project and its Limits – Jefferson and the Borderline between his Political and Architectural Projects

Supervisors: A. Balfour / G. Worsley


Helena Massa

Urban Aerodynamics: The Potential of Convective Mechanisms in the Cooling and Ventilation of Urban Microclimates

Supervisors: S. Yannas/ P. Sharratt


Ariadne Vozani

The Architectural Correspondence of Space and Speech in Tragedy

Supervisors: M. Cousins / OP Taplin


Jose Javier Gomez-Alvarez Perez

Fragmentary Inner Areas and Urban Development: The Case of a Historic Industrial Axis in Guadalajara, Mexico

Supervisors: H Hinsley / J Fiori


Guilherme Quintino

Vernacular Architecture in South Western Portugal

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Sharratt


Benito Jimenez Alcala

Environmental Aspects of Hispanic-Moslem Architecture: An Approach to the Daylight and Summer Performance of Islamic Buildings in Spain

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Andy Siswanto

Urban Design and Enablement: A Study on Indonesian Inner City Housing Redevelopment

Supervisors: J Fiori/ B Mumtaz


Themis da Cruz Fagundes

Between Master Plans and Advanced Information Technology: Is There a Site for Brazilian Cities in the Global Network?

Supervisors: J Fiori / M Batty


Gustavo Cantuaria

Trees and Microclimatic Comfort

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Paula San Payo Cadima

Transitional Spaces: The Potential of Semi-Outdoor Spaces as a Means for Environmental Control with Special Reference to Portugal

Supervisors: S. Yannas/ B. Ford


Zainab Faruqui Ali

Environmental Performance of the Buildings Designed by the Modern Masters in the Tropics: Architecture of Le Corbusier and Louis I. Khan in India and Bangladesh

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Ada Gansach-Wilson

Social Constructions: a comparative study of architecture in the High Himalaya of NW Nepal

Supervisors: E Lebas / Hartman


Ney de Brito Dantas

Chaos in the Drawing Room: Image Making and Image Breaking in the Experience of Urban Regulation in Recife

Supervisors: E Lebas / J Fiori


Thomas Aaron

The Cultural Politics of Architecture: The Rise and Rise of Buckhead in Atlanta Georgia 1952-1994


Ian McBurnie

The Periphery and the American Dream

Supervisors: H Hinsley/ J Fiori


Christine Ann Phillips

Sustainable Place

Supervisors: S. Yannas/ B. Ford


Fernando Rihl

Daylight and Visual Perception: An Investigation of Retrofitted Building Elements for the Enhancement of Daylight and the Modelling of Objects with Reference to the Brazilian Context

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Maria Theodorou

The Experience of Space in Relation to Architecture in the Homeric Epics

Supervisors: M Cousins / P Hirst


Heitor da Costa Silva

Window Design for thermal Comfort in Domestic Buildings in Southern Brazil

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Ruyssevelt


Mark Dorrian

On the Irish Clashan Settlement Pattern

Supervisors: E Lebas / Buchanan


Arturo Almandoz Marte

European Urbanism in Caracas 1870s-1930s

Supervisors: N Bullock / J Fiori


Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed

Approaches to Bioclimatic Urban Design for the Tropics with Special Reference to Dhaka Bangladesh

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Young-Bum Reigh

The language of building high: an analysis of the structure and social relations of high-rise Housing Provision in the Seoul Metropolitan Area, 1962-1991

Supervisors: H Hinsley / J Fiori


Camilo Diaz

Optimisation of Thermal Mass for Indoor Cooling

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Ruyssevelt


Hatim Mohammed Al-Sabahi

The architectural transformations of housing patterns in the city of Sana’a Yemen

Supervisors: S Damluji / P Oliver


Abdullah Zeid Ayssa

The thermal performance of vernacular and contemporary houses in Sana’a, Yemen

Supervisors: S. Yannas / B. Ford


Jaime Goncalves de Almeida

Public space, utilisation and environment: a study of large buildings in an educational establishment

Supervisors: S. Yannas / N. Bullock


Fuad Hassan Mallick

Thermal comfort for urban housing in Bangladesh

Supervisors: S. Yannas/ B. Ford


Elias Salleh

Microclimatic Control of Outdoor Environment in Public Spaces in the Tropics

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Haves


Despina Serghides

Zero Energy House for Cyprus

Supervisors: S. Yannas/ P. Ruyssevelt


Maha Yahya

Forbidden spaces, invisible barriers: housing in Beirut

Supervisors: J Fiori / N Bullock


Leonardo Bittencourt

Natural Ventilation for Cooling

Supervisors: S. Yannas / P. Ruyssevelt


Jose Roberto Garcia Chavez

The Potential of Beam Core Daylighting in Hot-Arid Regions of Mexico

Supervisors: S. Yannas/ N V Baker


Nahed El Ghazal

Supervisors: E Lebas / P Oliver

Gordana Korolija

Leon Battista Alberti: De re aedificatoria

Supervisors: R Landau / M.Cousins

Shiqiao Li

Shaftsbury’s influence in the shift from the Baroque to Neo-Palladian Architecture

Supervisors: R Landau

Valerie McLaughlan

Aestheticism in British Architecture: the relation between ides and form in late nineteenth century

Supervisors: R Landau

Gerardo Puente

Min><Max>Mass. Social Architecture and Domestic Environment > Solutions to Housing in Mexico

Supervisors: L Barth /J Fiori

Patrick Reis

Non-conventional housing finance in Ibadan, Nigeria

Supervisors: J Fiori / B Mumtaz

Phillip Tabb

Energy and Village Form

Supervisors: S. Yannas / D Hawkes


Manuel Teixeira

Housing in Oporto

Supervisors: N Bullock / M Sutcliffe


Eduardo Mendes de Vasconcellos

The first modernity in Brazil- a cultural project- architecture and urbanism 1930-1960

Supervisors: R Landau

Andreas Moschatos

Thermal Storage for Solar Space and Water Heating Systems

Supervisors: S. Yannas / C McVeigh


Pyrhos Poulis

Radiant Wall and Floor Heating and Cooling

Supervisors: C McVeigh / S. Yannas