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Douglas Murphy


  • Douglas Murphy is a Visiting Tutor on the Architecture programme at the Royal College of Art, teaching ADS1 with Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham.

  • Biography

  • Douglas Murphy is an architect and writer, based in London.

    He is the author of the acclaimed books Last Futures (Verso, 2016), a cultural history of the radical architecture of the 1960s and 70s, and The Architecture of Failure (Zero, 2012), which tells the story of nineteenth-century iron and glass architecture and its long influence on modernist culture. He is currently working on Nincompoopolis, about the architecture of Boris Johnson’s London, to be published by Repeater in 2017.

    In practice, most recently he worked at Lynch Architects from 2014–16, delivering two large scale buildings in Victoria, London, as well as a public artwork on Westminster City Hall, in collaboration with artist Rut Blees Luxemburg.

    He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and is currently Architecture Correspondent at Icon magazine. He writes for a wide range of publications on architecture, fine art and photography, including The Architectural Review, Frieze, the GuardianNew Humanist, and others, and has lectured widely, including at the Barbican Centre, ETH Zurich, Oxford University, RIBA, and others.
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