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Jonathan Hale

Associate Professor & Reader in Architectural Theory, Faculty of Engineering

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Dr Jonathan Hale is an architect, Associate Professor & Reader in Architectural Theory. He is Deputy Head of the Architecture + Urbanism Research Division, Coordinator of the Architectural Humanities Research Group (AHRG) and unit tutor for the final year Dip. Arch. thesis studio. Research interests include: architectural theory and criticism; Phenomenology and the philosophy of technology; the relationship between architecture and the body; museums and architectural exhibitions. He has published books, chapters in books, refereed articles and conference papers in these areas and has obtained grants from the EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and the Arts Council. He is founder and Steering Group member of the international subject network: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA); a member of the interdisciplinary Science Technology and Culture research group, hosted by the Dept of French; and the Merleau-Ponty Reading Group, a collaboration with the Dept of Philosophy.

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Research Summary

Keywords: Architectural theory and criticism; Philosophies of technology, materiality and perception; Phenomenology; The relationship between architecture and the body; Digital media in museums and… read more

Selected Publications

  • HALE, J., 2014. Cognitive tectonics: from the prehuman to the posthuman. In: BEIM, A., ed., Towards an Ecology of Tectonics: Rethinking Construction in Architecture Edition Axel Menges. (In Press.)
  • HALE, J., 2012. Narrative environments and the paradigm of embodiment. In: MACLEOD, S., HOURSTON HANKS, L. and HALE, J., eds., Museum making: narratives, architectures, exhibitions Routledge. 192-200
  • MACLEOD, S., HOURSTON HANKS, L. and HALE, J., eds., 2012. Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions 1st. Routledge.
  • HALE, J., 2012. Architecture, technology and the body: from the prehuman to the posthuman. In: CRYSLER, C.G., CAIRNS, S. and HEYNEN, H., eds., The Sage handbook of architectural theory Sage. 513-526

Current Research

Keywords: Architectural theory and criticism; Philosophies of technology, materiality and perception; Phenomenology; The relationship between architecture and the body; Digital media in museums and architectural exhibitions.

Current publication projects include a book for the Routledge series Thinkers for Architects on the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty due to be completed in 2013 and Recent publications include a co-edited book (with Dr Laura Hanks and Suzanne Macleod of University of Leicester) entitled Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions. (Routledge 2012); From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture (Routledge 2007) co-edited with Marco Frascari (Carleton University, Canada) and Bradley Starkey; Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, (Routledge 2007) co-edited with William W Braham (University of Pennsylvania). Recent funded research projects include: "Anywhere", "Future Garden" and "Moving City", a series of PDA and mobile-phone guided walks and performance events - part of an ongoing collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab of the School of Computer Sciences (University of Nottingham) and the Austrian artist-choreographer Cie.Willi Dorner. A further phase of this project was developed as part of the interdisciplinary 'Towards Pervasive Media' feasibility study funded by the EPSRC, involving an 18-month collaboration (2009-2011) with colleagues in Computer Sciences, Geography and History, alongside a number of artists-in-residence.

Past Research

Dr Hale was co-organiser of the 3-day international conference "Narrative Space" hosted by the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in April 2010; and chair and organiser of the 2nd Annual AHRA International Conference, 2005 at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Leverhulme Visiting Professor Marco Frascari. He has chaired sessions at other international conferences including: "Field/Work", University of Edinburgh 2009; "Agency", University of Sheffield 2008; "Primitive", Cardiff University 2005; "Philosophy and Architecture", Congress CATH, Bradford 2004; "The Beginning Design Student", Portland State University, Oregon USA, 2002; "Habitus 2000", Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, 2000. He was an invited speaker at "Discourses of the Visual", an international conference at the University of Westminster, 2001, and has been an invited lecturer at the University of Bath (2008, 2009, 2010), University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh and University of Sheffield (2004), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm (2001 & 2009), and the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2000). In 2007 he completed a lecture tour in China to promote the forthcoming translation of Building Ideas to be published by China Architecture and Building Press (2010) including visits to: South East University, Nanjing; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; and Shandong Jianzhu University in Jinan. He has acted as an editorial referee for the journals ARQ (2005, 2006), Journal of Architecture (2009) and Culture, Theory and Critique (2003) and an editorial reviewer for: MIT Press (2001), John Wiley (2001, 2002), Architectural Press (2003), Routledge (2002-2010), He was a member of the competition jury for the "Nottingham Contemporary" 2004, won by Caruso St John, and a member of the awards panel for the RIBA President's Medals 2002, (Dissertations). He is currently a member of the judging panel for the RIBA President's Awards for Research 2010; the East Midlands Design Review Panel (CABE/REM); and an External Examiner at the University of Sheffield and the University of East London. He is also an occasional contributor of review articles to the journal Architecture Today.

Personal website/blog: bodyoftheory

Personal page on Academia.edu

  • HALE, J., 2014. Cognitive tectonics: from the prehuman to the posthuman. In: BEIM, A., ed., Towards an Ecology of Tectonics: Rethinking Construction in Architecture Edition Axel Menges. (In Press.)
  • HALE, J., 2014. Found Spaces and Material Memory: Remarks on the Thickness of Time in Architecture. In: MINDRUP, M., ed., Material Imagination: Reveries on Architecture and Matter First. Farnham: Ashgate. (In Press.)
  • HALE, J., 2013. Critical phenomenology: architecture and embodiment Architecture and Ideas. n/a(n/a), 18-37
  • HALE, J, 2013. Critical Phenomenology: Architecture and the Ambiguities of Embodiment. In: CONNAH, R, ed., A Carefully Folded Ham Sandwich: Towards a Critical Phenomenology 1st. Montreal: FAD Design House. 30-49
  • DING, G., HALE, J. and PARNELL, S., 2013. Constructing a Place for Critical Practice in China: The History and Outlook of the Journal Time+Architecture Architectural Research Quarterly. Volume 17(3-4), 237-252
  • HALE, J., 2012. Architecture, technology and the body: from the prehuman to the posthuman. In: CRYSLER, C.G., CAIRNS, S. and HEYNEN, H., eds., The Sage handbook of architectural theory Sage. 513-526
  • HALE, J., 2012. Narrative environments and the paradigm of embodiment. In: MACLEOD, S., HOURSTON HANKS, L. and HALE, J., eds., Museum making: narratives, architectures, exhibitions Routledge. 192-200
  • MACLEOD, S., HOURSTON HANKS, L. and HALE, J., eds., 2012. Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions 1st. Routledge.
  • HALE, J., 2011. Phenomenology & Existentialism. In: OTS, E., ed., Decoding Theoryspeak: An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Theory Abingdon: Routledge. 93-94 and 167-168
  • HALE, J., 2011. Construind Idei: O Introducere in Teoria Arhitecturii (Romanian edition of Building Ideas: An Introduction to Architectural Theory, trans. Cosmin Caciuc). Bucharest: Editura Paideia.
  • KAMEL, E. and HALE, J., 2010. Conflicts of Identity: Conservation and Cultural Heritage Meaning Management. In: LIRA, S. and AMOEDA, R., eds., Constructing Intangible Heritage Barcelos: Green Lines Institute. 87-100
  • HALE, J. and SCHN√ĄDELBACH, H., 2009. Moving city: curating architecture on site. In: CHAPLIN S. and STARA, A., eds., Curating architecture and the city Routledge. 51-61
  • BRAHAM, W.W., HALE, J.A. and SADAR, J.S., eds., 2007. Rethinking technology: a reader in architectural theory Abingdon: Routledge.
  • FRASCARI, M, HALE, J and STARKEY, B.K., eds., 2007. From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture Abingdon: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • SCHNADELBACH, H., HALE, J., DORNER, W. and BEDWELL, B., 2006. Future garden In: Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment. 346-351
  • HALE, J., 2006. Building: Swanke Hayden Connell's inventive Centre for Collaborative Construction Research at Loughborough University Architecture Today. 170, 60-65
  • HALE, J., 2006. Building: Stables Restaurant, Wakehurst Place by Walters + Cohen Architecture Today. 16-21
  • HALE, J., 2006. Architecture and the Body: Materiality, Movement and Meaning MAJA: Estonian Architectural Review. 50(4), 23-27
  • HALE, J.A., 2005. Ends middles beginnings: Edward Cullinan Architects London: Black Dog Publishing.
  • HALE, J., 2005. Gottfried Semper's primitive hut as an act of self-creation arq: Architectural Research Quarterly. 9(1), 45-49
  • HALE, J and STARKEY, B.K., eds., 2005. Models and Drawings - The Invisible Nature of Architecture: Abstracts from the AHRA International Conference 2005 Nottingham: School of the Built Environment.
  • HALE, J., 2004. Michael and Patty Hopkins; Dominique Perrault; Peter and Alison Smithson [3 contributions to: Encyclopedia of 20th century architecture] At: Sennott, R.S. (ed.), Encyclopedia of 20th century architecture, Vols 2 & 3. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 649-650; 999-1000; 1220-1222
  • HALE, J., 2004. Architecture and action: materiality, movement and meaning In: Material Matters International Conference.
  • HALE,J., 2004. Primitive: edited out of contemporary discourse (Report on the conference Primitive at Welsh School of Architecture, September 2004) arq: Architectural Research Quarterly. 8(1), 9-12
  • HALE, J., 2004. Architecture in the age of divided representation: the question of creativity in the shadow of production, by Dalibor Vesely Architects' Journal. 44
  • HALE, J., 2004. Building: artful craftsmanship, house in Rutland by Robert Barnes Architects Architecture Today. 18-25
  • HALE, J., 2004. Gottfried Semper's primitive hut as an act of self-creation In: Primitive Abstracts.
  • HALE, J., 2003. Architectural exhibitions: materiality, movement and meaning In: Proceedings, Spring Research Conference 2003.
  • HALE, J., 2003. Building: Bowling Pavilion, Leicester by Patel Taylor Architects Architecture Today.
  • HALE, J., 2002. "An architectural exhibition: bench with the film of its own making" in The Predicament of Beginning In: 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. 96-98
  • HALE, J., 2002. Review of: The unknown city: contesting architecture and social space, edited by Borden et al.
  • HALE, J., 2002. Building: housing, Bristol by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects Architecture Today. 46-54
  • HALE, J., 2001. Cognitive mapping: New York vs Philadelphia. In: LEACH, N., ed., Hieroglyphics of space: reading and experiencing the modern metropolis London: Routledge. 31-42
  • HALE, J., 2001. Building ideas: an introduction to architectural theory Journal of Architecture. 6, 307-309
  • HALE, J., 2001. Building study: house, West London RIBA Journal. 108(2), 48-54
  • HALE, J., 2001. Towards a critical hermeneutics in architecture In: Discourses of the Visual, International Conference.
  • HALE, J., 2000. Building ideas: an introduction to architectural theory Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • HALE, J., 2000. Building: Knox Bhavan in Kent Architecture Today. 18-27
  • HALE, J.A., 2000. Signs of resistance: re-membering technology Journal of Architecture. 5(1), 91-97
  • HALE, J., 2000. Portraits of the body: architecture and action In: Habitus 2000 International Conference.
  • HALE, J., 1999. Renaissance manipulation, review of Architectonics of humanism by Lionel March Building Design. 1385(March), 12
  • HALE, J.A., 1997. Cognitive mapping: rule or model? Renaissance and Modern Studies. 40, 83-96
  • HALE, J., 1997. Signs of resistance: re-membering technology In: ACSA International Conference. 278-281
  • HALE, J., 1997. Mapping New York: between the network and the body European Journal of American Culture. 17(1), 45-52
  • HALE, J., 1997. Cheltenham blooms - student accommodation at Cheltenham and Gloucester College by Edward Cullinan Architects Architectural Review. 1204(CC1), 54-57

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