Research Director Professor Eyal Weizman
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. His books include The Conflict Shorelines (with Fazal Sheikh at Steidl, 2015), Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan at Sternberg Press, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA13 notebook, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide, and was a member of the B’Tselem board of directors. He has lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. Eyal Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007 and is currently am Principal Investigator of the Forensic Architecture ERC project based in the Centre (2011-14, 2015-2020).
Centre Director & Reader 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. While many projects have examined media artefacts—photographs, film, video, and audio transmissions—that have emerged out of sites of contemporary conflict and state violence, current work explores the ways in which toxic ecologies from nuclear accidents and oil spills to the dark snow of the arctic are producing an “extreme image” archive of material wrongs. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe as well as in Canada, Asia and the US. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and as an author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness (MIT Press), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary. She is an affiliate artist-researcher and Board Chair of Forensic Architecture. Previously she was Senior Research Fellow and Project Co-ordinator of Forensic Architecture. In 2016 she received the ICP Infinity Award for Research and Critical Writing.
FA Lecturer Dr. Lorenzo Pezzani
Lorenzo Pezzani convenes the MA stream in Forensic Architecture. An architect and a 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. Since 2011, he has been working on Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative project that critically investigates the militarized border regime in the Mediterranean Sea. Together with a wide network of NGOs, scientists, journalists and activist groups, he has produced maps, visualizations and human right reports that document the violence perpetrated against migrants at sea and challenge the regime of visibility imposed by surveillance means on this contested area.
Senior Lecturer Dr. Ghalya Saadawi
Ghalya Saadawi teaches the MA module Conflicts & Negotiations as well as Special Topics in Research Architecture for third year BA students. Saadawi's PhD dissertation underscored the art practices and theoretical considerations that informed a rethinking of witnessing, representation and post-war ideologies after the declared end of the Lebanese civil wars. Following her MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and throughout the 2000’s, Saadawi was researcher and consultant for numerous Lebanese and international NGO’s. More recently, Saadawi has been teaching several courses on 20th and 21st art with an emphasis on social art history and critical theory, including post-Marxist critiques and more recent turns to and critiques of realism and materialism. Between 2015-2017, she was Resident Professor of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program (Beirut). Saadawi is co-editor of Makhzinand is affiliated with the Beirut Institute for Critical Research and Analysis.
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. His PhD research examined the urban incubation and architectural effects of financialised capitalism in post-industrial Britain. His current research examines the urban processes and cultural logic of financialised capitalism. Louis is a member of the research collective freethought, who co-curated the Bergen Assembly 2016 in Norway. He teaches the Introduction to Research Architecture as well as supervises MA and PhD dissertations.
Senior Lecturer Dr. Nishat Awan
An architect by training, Nishat’s work focuses on the intersection of geopolitics and space, including questions related to migration, diasporas and border regimes. She is interested in modes of visual and spatial representation and is committed to exploring ethical forms of engagement with places at a distance. Her recent book, Diasporic Agencies (Routledge, 2016) addresses the subject of how architecture and urban design can respond to the consequences of increasing migration. Currently, she leads the ERC funded project, Topological Atlas, which aims to produce counter-geographies in support of the fragile movements of migrants as they encounter the security apparatus of the border.
Postdoctoral & Visiting Research Fellows
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. Past postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars included Alessandro Petti, Ayesha Hameed, Patrick Kroker, Ana Medina, Stephen Turner, and Runa Johannessen.
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.
- Mapping Global Refugee Camp Marginality with Google Earth Engine
- Effects of Boko Haram violence on Lake Chad food markets
- A Satellite Image Account of Conflict
- Mapping tank paths with satellite imagery
- Keeping an eye on international conflict
- Conflict Urbanism: Aleppo
Postdoctoral Research Fellows | Topological Atlas
Dr Jessica Carlisle gained her PhD in Law from SOAS, University of London for a study of the work of a shari'a (family) court in Damascus. She has subsequently completed several ethnographic and interview-based research projects on the practice of family, public interest and constitutional law in Egypt, Morocco and Libya. Her work will map migrants' journeys from Pakistan to the UK, with a focus on their navigation of law and border enforcement technologies when crossing the Pakistani/Iranian, Turkish/Greek and UK borders.
Maria Dada pursues research that is placed within the fields of design, continental philosophy and material culture. She investigates the possibilities of digital modelling in reconfiguring socio-political and economic structures. She has degrees in both continental philosophy from the Centre for Research in European Philosophy and Computer Science from the Lebanese American University. Maria has exhibited and lectured widely, most recently at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin, at Birkbeck’s Film, Language and Culture Studies department and at CRASSH in Cambridge.