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Dr Adrian Lahoud


  • Dr Adrian Lahoud
  • Area

    School of Architecture


    Dean, School of Architecture

  • Adrian Lahoud is Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. 

    Prior to his current role at the RCA, he was director of the MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and a research fellow in the Forensic Architecture ERC-funded project; studio master in the Projective Cities MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the Architectural Association; and director of the MArch Urban Design at the Bartlett, University College London.

  • Biography

  • Drawing on nation building projects in the post-colonial period, early cybernetic forms of government and the mobilisation of climate research by the global south, Lahoud's PhD 'The Problem of Scale: The City, the Territory, the Planetary' sets out a theory of scale drawn from architectural practice in the context of emancipatory struggles.

    Recent exhibits include The Shape of the Eclipse at Let’s Talk about the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis Sursock Museum Beirut, Secular Cosmologies in After Belonging Triennial of Architecture Oslo, and Floating Bodies at Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin. He has also contributed to Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene Curriculum and Technosphere projects.

    Recent publications include The Mediterranean: A New Imaginary in New Geographies (Harvard University Press), 'Floating Bodies' in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (Sternberg), 'The Bodele Declaration' in Grain, Vapour, Ray: Textures of the Anthropocene (MIT Press), Nomos and Cosmos in Supercommunity (e-flux), 'Fallen Cities' in The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia University Press), 'Scale as a Problem, Architecture as a Trap' in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Avery Review Lars Muller) and 'A Mandala to a Model' in Elements for a World: Stone, Water, Wood, Fire, Sky (Sursock Museum).

    Recent presentations include Fallen Cities at The Arab City: Architecture and Representation Columbia University GSAPP, Scale as a Problem, Architecture as a Trap at Climate Change and the Scale of the Environment Columbia University GSAPP, Floating Bodies at Conflict Shorelines Princeton University, New Imaginaries at The Mediterranean Harvard University, Floating Bodies at Travellers ETH Zurich, and Fallen Cities at Grand Gestures Eikones Basel.

    He is currently working on a project exploring the intersection of architecture, anthropology and semiotics.

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  • Practice

  • Before starting his office in Australia, Adrian worked for a number of notable practices in Sydney across a wide range of scales and disciplines including art, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design. Key projects include a competition entry for a cultural centre in Istanbul and a research proposal exploring forms of co-existence between high-density development and historically significant inner city areas. Alongside his architectural practice, Adrian worked with partners in a collective titled ‘N’ that set out to increase the density of cultural opportunities for young artists and architects in Sydney.
  • External collaborations

  • Adrian has been a part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene curriculum, an experimental pedagogical project bringing together scientists, artists, architects, activists and scholars across a wide variety of fields to explore the practical and philosophical implications of climate change and widespread environmental transformation. The next iteration of the curriculum will explore the concept of ‘technosphere’ looking at systems of technical quantification and their spatial and political effects. For example the role of climate models in climate politics, systems of resource classification and their role in indigenous disputes.

    Adrian has worked as a researcher on the Forensic Architecture ERC grant at Goldsmiths, University of London most recently as part of their collaboration with Amnesty International on the Gaza Platform. 

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Books, Journals and Articles

    Lahoud, A. (2015) ‘Fallen Cities’, in: Architecture: Representation and the Arab World, Columbia University Press (Forthcoming book chapter)       

    Lahoud, A. (2015) ‘Nomos and Cosmos’, in: N. Marques (ed), E-Flux (Forthcoming book chapter MIT Press)  

    Lahoud, A. (2015) ’Error Correction: Chilean Cybernetics and Chicago’s Economists’, in: M. Pasquinelli (ed), Augmented Intelligence and its Traumas, Lüneburg: Meson Press (Forthcoming book chapter)

    Lahoud, A. (2014) ‘Floating Bodies’, in: A. Franke, A and E. Weizman (eds.), Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, Germany: Sternberg Press (Book chapter) 

    Lahoud, A. (2014) ‘The Bodele Declaration’, in: K. Klingan (ed.), Grain Vapour Ray, MIT Press (Book chapter)

    Lahoud, A. ‘(2014) Beyond Babylon’, in: Y. Aesopos (ed.), Greek Pavilion Venice Biennale Catalogue (Book chapter)

    Lahoud, A. (2013) ‘The Mediterranean: A New Imaginary’, in: New Geographies 5: The Mediterranean, Harvard University Press (Journal article)

    Lahoud, A. (2013) ‘The Third Degree’, in: I. Weizman (ed.), Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence, Routledge (Book chapter)

    Lahoud, A. (2013) ‘The Problem of Scale’, in: M. Carmona (ed.), Explorations in Urban Design, Ashgate (Book chapter)

    Lahoud, A. (2013) ‘The Mediterranean’, in: M. Butcher (ed.) P.E.A.R Vol. 5 (Journal Article)

    Lahoud, A. (2013) ‘Architecture, the City and its Scale’, in: Journal of Architecture, Routledge (Journal article)

    Lahoud, A. & Tavares, P. (2013) Proposal for a Fifth Geneva Convention (Online article)

    Lahoud. A., Spurr. S. (2012) ‘Post-traumatic Urbanism’, in: B. Trieze, C. Wake (Eds.), Performing Trauma: Visions and Revisions, Denmark: Museum Tuculanum Press Denmark (Co-authored chapter)

    Lahoud, A. (2011) ‘The Age of Urban Trauma’, in: The Conversation, April (Online article)

    Lahoud, A. ‘Unnatural Disasters’, in: UMag March, 8-16 (Magazine article)


    Selected Exhibitions

    Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Germany 2014

    Competitive Hypothesis, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York 2012

    Past, Present Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York 2012

    Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague, Czech Republic 2011

    Gwangju Design Biennale, Seoul, Korea curated by Ai Weiwei, 2011

    Remodelling Architecture, Customs House, Sydney, Australia, 2010  

     Invited Keynote Lectures and Presentations

    ‘Climate and the Scale of the Environment’, Columbia University, 2015

    Conflict Shorelines, Princeton School of Architecture, 2015

    ‘Education City’, Doha, 2015

    ‘Geographical Urbanism’, Milan Expo 2015

    ‘Situating Climate Change’, Zurich, 2015

    ‘Global Urban Higher Education: the challenges and potentials of internationalisation’, UCL, 2015

    ‘Fallen Cities’, Columbia GSAPP New York, US, 2014

    ‘Geopolitics in the Anthropocene’, Anthropocene Curriculum HKW, Berlin, 2014

    ‘Floating Bodies’, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, 2013

    ‘The Mediterranean: A New Imaginary’, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, US, 2013

    ‘Post-traumatic Urbanism’, Tate Britain, London, UK, 2013

    ‘The Mediterranean, A New Imaginary’, University of Patras, Greece, 2013

    ‘Post-traumatic Urbanism’, Crete, Greece, and Tanzkongress, Dussledorf, Germany, 2013

    ‘Floating Bodies’: Antwerp Kunsthalle, Belgium, 2013

    ‘Floating Bodies: Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence’, Architectural Humanities Research Association [AHRA] International Conference, 2013

    ‘Protoecologics’, Rovinj, Croatia, 2012

    ‘As Yet Untitled’, Isfahan and Tehran, Iran, 2012

    ‘Post-traumatic Urbanism’, Protoecologics Rovinj, Croatia, and Architectural Association, London, The Lopud Sessions TBA 21, Croatia and Bartlett University College London, 2011

    ‘The Life of Forms in the City’, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, City|Life|Form Copenhagen, 2011

    ‘The Politics of Scale’, Angewandte, Vienna, 2011

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Selected work