DOUGLAS CUNNINGHAM SPENCER BA, MA, PhD
Lecturer, MA Landscape Urbanism; Lecturer, MA History and Critical Thinking, PhD Supervisor
Education & Qualifications
2008-2012 University of Westminster – PhD Architecture History and Theory 1992-1995 Thames Valley University – MA Cultural Studies
1985-1988 Sheffield City Polytechnic – BA (Hons) History of Art, Design and Film Studies (2.1)
1978-1981 Amersham College of Art – Arts Diploma
2014 to date Phd Supervisor, Royal College of Art
2013 to date Phd Supervisor, University of East London
2012 to date Phd Supervisor, Architectural Association
2011-2013 Co-director, ‘Urban Prototypes’ Research Cluster, Architectural Association
2011 to date Graduate School of the: Lecturer, MA Historical and Critical Thinking
2008 to date Graduate School of the Architectural Association: Lecturer, MA Landscape Urbanism
2008 to date University of Westminster: Lecturer In Architecture: History and Theory
2007 to 2016 University of East London: Senior Lecturer in Architecture: History and Theory
2000-2008 Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College: Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies
2006 Middlesex University: Visiting Lecturer – Architecture and Art History
2005 University of East London: Visiting Lecturer – MA Architecture
1994-2000 Amersham and Wycombe College: Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies
The Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance, Bloomsbury, London, 2016
Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis, Actar/List Lab, Barcelona, 2014 (with Eva Castro, Eduardo Rico and Alfredo Ramirez)
Chapters in Books (selected)
‘Agency and Artifice in the Environment of Neoliberalism’ in Landscape and Agency, eds Ed Wall and Tim Waterman, Routledge, 2017.
‘Introduction (with Ed Wall and Tim Waterman) in Landscape and Agency, eds Ed Wall and Tim Waterman, Routledge, 2017.
‘Less than Enough: A Critique of Aureli’, in This Thing Called Theory, eds Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, and George Themistokleous, Routledge, November 2016.
‘The New Phantasmagoria: Transcoding the Violence of Financial Capitalism’ in Nadir Lahiji, ed. Idolatry and Ideology: The Missed Encounter of Radical Philosophy with Architecture, Continuum, London, 2014.
‘Remaking the Public in Post-reform China: OMA’s CCTV and the Image of Labour’ in Elie Haddad and Nadir Lahiji, eds. Against the Post-Political: Reclaiming the Critical Project in Architecture, Routledge, London, 2014.
‘Investing in the Ground: Reflections on Scarcity, Remediation and Obdurate Form’, in Jon Goodbun, ed, Scarcity: Architecture in an Age of Depleting Resources Architectural Design, Wiley Academy, London, 2012
‘Instrumental Urbanism and Immaterial Labour’, in Positions on the City, Marina Lathouri and Ryan Dillon, eds., AA Publications, 2010
‘Outside the Kaleidoscope’ in Recycling Culture/s edited by Sara Martin, Felicity Hand, Isabel Clúa, Cambridge, 2008
‘From Representation to (Re)invention: Digital Architecture, NURBS and the Body’ (with Henriette Bier) in Aesthetics and Urbanism edited by Gerhard Bruyns, O10, Rotterdam, 2006
‘The Alien Comes Home: Getting Past the Twin Planets of Possession and Austerity in Le Guin’s The Dispossessed’ in The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, edited by Laurence Davis and Peter Stillman, Lexington Books, 2005
‘The Limits of Limits: Schmitt, Aureli, and the Geopolitical Ontology of the Island’, in New Geographies 8: Islands, 2016.
‘Out of the Loop: Architecture, Automation and Cognitive Disinvestment’ in Volume 49: Automation, September, 2016.
‘The Consistency of Experience: Architecture, Mass Ornament and the Indifferent Environment’ in Praznine 10, Autumn 2016.
‘Nature is the Dummy: Circulations of the Metabolic’, New Geographies 6: Ungrounding Metabolism, 2014
‘Architectural Deleuzism: Neoliberal Space, Control and the ‘Univer-City”, Radical Philosophy 168, July/August, 2011.
‘Replicant Urbanism: The Architecture of Hadid’s Central Building at BMW Leipzig,’ in The Journal of Architecture, vol.15, no.2, April, 2010.
‘Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association’ in Topos 71, June 2010.
‘Pier Vittorio Aureli, The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture within and against Capitalism’ (review essay) in Radical Philosophy, 153, January/February 2009.
‘Landscape Urbanism at the AA’ in Domus (China) November 2007.
When a Moving Body Meets a New Formation: Plasma Studio and the Fourth Floor of the Hotel America’ in AA Files 53, Spring 2006.
Guest and keynote lectures (selected)
‘Requiem for a Dreamworld’, The (Dis)enchanted Subject of Architecture: Between Neoliberalism and Neobaroque, symposium at the Architectural Association, London, 25 November, 2016.
‘Architecture, Neoliberalism and the Affective Turn’, Disputed Architectures. MA Architectural History and Theory Symposium, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, 28 October, 2016.
‘Immediate Affect: Architecture, Neoliberalism and the Patterning of Experience’ at ‘The Architecture of Deregulations’, Keynote lecture at KTH, Stockholm April, 2016.
‘Architecture and the Technoaesthetics of the Environment’, Processing Environments symposium, Guggenheim Bilbao, 19 June 2012.
‘Remaking the Public: CCTV, the Hyperbuilding and the Image of Labour’. Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, 27 April, 2012.
‘Schooled in Precarity: the subject of education’, Roscoe Occupation, Manchester University, 8 March 2011.
‘Marketing Strategies: FOA and Ravensbourne’, MA History and Critical Thinking, Architectural Association, London, 31 January 2011.
‘Groundworks’ Infrastructures and Landscapes symposium, 14 October 2010, Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO, Oslo.
‘Instrumental Urbanism and Immaterial Labour’, AA City Cultures Research Cluster Symposium, 14 May, 2010, Architectural Association, London.
‘Complexity without Contradiction: Cybernetics, Architecture and Enchantment’, Keynote lecture at Nordic Association of Architectural Research, Annual Conference 2010, April 22-24, University of Tampere, Finland.
Conference papers (selected)
‘Material and Rational Feminisms’, with Peg Rawes, ‘Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies’, 13th AHRA International Conference, KTH Stockholm, November 17 2016 – November 19, 2016 .
‘Architecture’s Franciscan Turn: Forms of Life and Pre-critical Theory’, ‘This Thing Called Theory’, 12th AHRA International Conference, Leeds Beckett University, November 17, 2015.
‘Rhapsodies of Perception: Architecture, Affect and the Immersive Environment’, Kent School of Architecture, December 3, 2014.
Landscape, Agency, and Artifice, Landscape and Critical Agency, Landscape and Critical Agency symposium, the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 17 February 2012.
Parallel Lines: formal expression as publicity in the architecture of Hadid’s Central Building for BMW Leipzig – 6th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium: Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, 12 December 2009.
Replicant Urbanism – Urbanism and Urbanization: 5th International PhD Seminar, Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning, K.U. Leuven, 3 October, 2009.
General Intellect, Collective Intelligence and Immaterial Labour: office architecture and the management of the network – Networks of Design conference: The Design History Society, University College Falmouth, UK, September, 2008.
Deleuzian Architecture in Control Societies – Defining Space conference: School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering /School of Languages, Literatures and Film, University College Dublin, Ireland, October 2007.
(Dis)possessed of a Vision: post-consumerist Utopias in Le Guin and radical design theory – Utopian Studies Society – 5th International Conference, University of Porto, Oporto, Portugal, July 2004.
Where is the Body in Digital Architecture? – Aesthetics & Architectural Composition, Dresden International Symposium of Architecture, Dresden, Germany, June 2004.
Conferences, Symposia and Lecture Series Organised
The (Dis)enchanted Subject of Architecture: From Neobaroque to Neoliberalism, a symposium at the Architectural Association, London, 25 November 2016. Organised with Nadir Lahiji and featuring, Joan Ockman, Nina Power, Libero Andreotti, David Cunningham, Marina Lathouri and Will Orr.
Landscape and Critical Agency, a symposium at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 17 February 2012, with Murray Fraser, Ed Wall and Tim Waterman
HCT Debates, Guest lecture series for MA History and Critical Thinking, Architectural Association, 2013 to date, with Marina Lathouri and John Palmesino.