School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Samuel Austin

Degree Programme Director BA (Hons) Architecture



Samuel is lecturer, researcher, design collaborator and Associate Editor of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly (published by Cambridge University Press). He completed his doctoral thesis ‘Travels in Lounge Space: Placing the Contemporary British Motorway Service Area' at Cardiff University in 2012. Past experience includes practice at Mecanoo Architecten, Delft and at the Design Research Unit, Wales, and tutoring at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.


BSc (Hons), BArch (Dist.), PhD.   


My research explores relations between architecture, culture and infrastructure, with a particular interest in everyday and commercial spaces, such as motorway service areas, shopping malls and cafés. I look at how the architecture of these environments creates particular experiences, how they affect us and what they say about contemporary life.


I am Lecturer in Architecture and Programme Director for BA (Hons) Architecture. I contribute to lectures across history/theory modules, tutor dissertations in BA and MArch and co-lead the 'Border Territories' design studio in stage 6 MArch.


  • Austin SW. Lounge space: the home, the city and the service area. In: Sharr, A, ed. Reading Architecture and Culture: Researching Buildings, Spaces and Documents. London: Routledge, 2012, pp.106-120.
  • Austin SW. Themes in the Architecture of the Cave. MADE 2005, 2, 80-91.