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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

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.

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