Centre for Research Architecture Staff

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Research Director Professor Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman is the founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.The author of over 15 books, he has held positions in many universities worldwide including Princeton, ETH Zurich and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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Centre Director Dr Susan Schuppli

Susan Schuppli is an artist-researcher and writer. Through investigative processes that involve an engagement with scientific and technical modes of inquiry, her work aims to open up new conceptual pathways into the material strata of our world. he has published widely within the context of media and politics and as an author of Material Witness (MIT Press 2020), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary.

Stafford Scott

Guest Professor Stafford Scott

Stafford is a community activist and race equality specialist with over 30 years of experience in anti-racist advocacy work. In 2020, he was named as one of “100 Great Black Britons” for his contributions to activism and race relations in the UK. Beginning as a youth worker on the Broadwater Farm Estate in 1983, he led the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign on behalf of the Tottenham Three—whose convictions for the murder of PC Blakelock were overturned in 1991.

Kamara Scott

Guest Professor Kamara Scott

Kamara Scott is a creative producer. After working as a primary interviewer on the 2011 LSE Guardian joint research project, Reading the Riots, she went on to study Politics and Social Policy at Brighton University. She has since worked at The Monitoring Group as an assistant caseworker, following which she became a criminal defence paralegal at Imran Khan and Partners Solicitors, developing a keen interest in community responses to policing, actions against the police and institutional racism across the legal system.

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Senior Lecturer Dr Ghalya Saadawi

Ghalya Saadawi is senior lecturer with an interest in the intersections of art and politics, Lebanese post-civil war art,  political economies of art, critical human rights, theories of witnessing and testimony, among others. Saadawi's doctoral dissertation underscored the art practices and theoretical considerations that informed a rethinking of witnessing, representation, and ideology after the declared end of the Lebanese civil wars.

Forensic Architecture studio tutor speaking about her research.

Lecturer Christina Varvia

Christina Varvia convenes the MA stream in Forensic Architecture. Former Deputy Director and Lead Researcher of Forensic Architecture (FA), Christina joined the FA team in 2014 and held a variety of roles, from leading investigations and overseeing research and the development of new methodologies, to setting up office structures. She is trained as an architect at the Architectural Association (AA) and Westminster University, and has taught a Diploma unit (MArch) at the AA (2018-2020).

Lecturer Kodwo Eshun

Kodwo Eshun is a filmmaker, theorist and artist, based in London. His research interests include contemporary art, critical theory, postwar liberation movements, modern and contemporary musicality, cybernetic theory, the cinematic soundtrack and archaeologies of futurity. In 2002, he founded The Otolith Group together with Anjalika Sagar. Their essayistic approach reflects on the perception and nature of documentary practice through films, texts and activities related to media archives. The Otolith Group were nominated for The Turner Prize in 2010 and have exhibited internationally since 2003.

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Lecturer Dr Louis Moreno

Louis Moreno’s research, teaching and writing explores the spatial relationships and political economic forces that shape the social and cultural forms of everyday life. Specialising in urbanism and spatial theory, Louis’s academic background spans literature and philosophy, architectural history, urban geography and political theory.

Tomas Percival

Lecturer Tomas Percival

Tomas Percival is an artist and researcher. His work investigates the spatial politics of securitisation, specifically in relation to questions of algorithmic governance, punitive geographies, bureaucracy, and rights. He holds an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio programme at UCLA, and has participated in residencies at SOMA and the Jan van Eyck Academie. Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University.

Ifor Duncan

Lecturer Dr Ifor Duncan

Ifor Duncan is a writer, artist and inter-disciplinary researcher who focuses on political violence and watery ecosystems. He is Lecturer in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, and has previously held the position of postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Humanities at the New Institute Centre for the Environmental Humanities (NICHE), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he remains a research affiliate.

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Affiliated Researcher Dr Lorenzo Pezzani

Lorenzo Pezzani previously convened the MA stuido in Forensic Architecture (2017-22). An architect and PhD graduate from the Centre, his work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography and history of the ocean. His current research focuses on Border Forensics is an agency that mobilises innovative methods of spatial and visual analysis to investigate practices of border violence.

Research Fellows and Postdoctoral students

Each year research and postdoctoral fellows as well as international visiting scholars spend a portion of their time at the Centre for Research Architecture participating in seminars and presenting their work.

Current

Dr Jamon van Den Hoek from Oregon State University, USA is our current visiting research fellow 2018-2021. His research focuses on conflict ecology as a method for better understanding how environmental conditions and patterns are tied to processes of violent conflict. He uses satellite imagery to measure long-term and spatially diffuse changes in forests, agriculture, and surface water, and consider potential relationships to conflict and sociopolitical power as well as land use policy and climate change. Most of my research involves spatial modeling and landscape pattern analysis, and I tend to use open-source machine learning, image processing, geospatial analysis, and spatial statistics programming tools.

Previous

Postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars included Imani Jacqueline Brown, Alessandro Petti, Ayesha Hameed, Patrick Kroker, Ana Medina, Stephen Turner, and Runa Johannessen.