Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group

Honorary Professors

The ACT appoints Honorary Professors to share their expertise from the world of Architecture, Culture and Tectonics with students and staff at The University of Nottingham.

Find out more about our Honorary Professors associated with the ACT Research Group below.

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Harry Mallgrave

Harry Mallgrave

Harry Francis Mallgrave is an architect, scholar, editor, and professor of history and theory at Illinois Institute of Technology. After several years in architectural practice, he took his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 under the supervision of Stanford Anderson. His dissertation topic -The Idea of Style: Gottfried Semper in London -presaged his focus on German theory in his early career. This phase of his work culminated in the intellectual biography Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century, which won the prestigious Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the American Society of Architectural Historians.

He has written numerous books and articles on the history and theory of architecture including: Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, and An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present. In recent years Mallgrave’s interests have broadened, as indicated by his book The Architect’s Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture.  He has more recently followed up on this study with Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design, to be published in 2013.


Manfred Grohmann


Manfred Grohmann is a founding principal with Klaus Bollinger of the international engineering company Bollinger Grohmann Engineers. 
Based in Frankfurt am Main, they are also present in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Oslo and Melbourne. 

With these teams they are active in 20 countries outside Germany.  
Over thirty years Manfred Grohmann and his team have been working with a large number of internationally recognized architects on structurally challenging projects including Peter Cook, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Frank Gehry, LAVA, Dominique Perrault, SANAA,  Snøhetta,  Zaha Hadid and scores of others. 

Manfred Grohmann has been a Professor for Structural Design at Kassel University since 1996, Guest Professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt since 2000 and at the ESA – École d´Architecture, Paris since 2007 and has taught at Darmstadt Technical University. 

He is involved in research partnerships with several international Universities. 



Architecture, Culture and Tectonics

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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