School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Experimental Architecture

ARC: Experimental Architecture


Experimental Architecture is a new field in the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape. It builds on a tradition of visionary thinking about the choreography of space, by taking its ideas into a variety of different kinds of laboratories, from design studios, to field studies and formal scientific research environments. Outputs are also varied but centre on the production of prototypes, which range from drawings, renderings, models and installations to explore architectures of the near future.

Institutionally, we are working towards establishing a creative innovation platform that entangles artistic and scientific research practices, for the innovation and development of new materials, methods, fabrication and technological applications that may shape our environment and living spaces. The aim is to establish a different kind of relationship between matter, design, dwelling, poetics, nature, aesthetics and ‘being' that provide counterpoints to industrial systems and technologies.

Theme Staff

Professor Rachel Armstrong
Professor of Experimental Architecture

Telephone: +44(0)191 2085752

Professor Andrew Ballantyne
Professor of Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6800

Dr Ben Bridgens
Lecturer in Architectural Technology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6409

Dr Carlos Calderon
Senior Lecturer; Degree Programme Director of MRes in Urban Energy, Technology and Policy; Senior Tutor (Architecture)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6025

Andrew Campbell
Teaching Fellow in Architecture

Telephone: 0191 208 4745

James A Craig
Lecturer in Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6019

Dr Martyn Dade-Robertson
Reader in Design Computation, Co-Director of ARC (Architectural Research Collaborative) and Director MSc In Experimental Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5926

Professor Graham Farmer
Professor of Architecture / Director of Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5623

Simone Ferracina
Research Assistant

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4744

Matthew Ozga-Lawn
Lecturer in Architecture

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6019

Theme Projects