Professor Igea Troiani

Professor Igea Troiani

Professor of Architecture

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Igea Troiani [PhD, BArch(Hons), BAppSc] is Subject Lead of Architecture and a Professor of Architecture at the University of Plymouth. 

She was formerly the Dean of International Affairs and Professor of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China. She is an architect and academic with over 20 years teaching and practice experience gained in the UK (Oxford), China (Suzhou), Germany (Münster) and Australia (Brisbane and Melbourne). Her three key areas of research are: 1) the social production of architecture; 2) architecture and media (focusing on filmmaking) and; 3) architectural labour, neoliberalism and sustainable ecologies. Her research traverses the fields of architecture, urbanism, ecology, sociology, politics, economics, and visual culture. She was recipient of a Research Excellence Award in 2017.

Igea is committed to understanding architecture not from an internal disciplinary perspective but in the context of other disciplines, so as to determine the conditions in which architecture is and architects are socially, culturally and economically produced. She sees architectural production and the architect’s labour as actors within a complex system of increasingly, less and less predictable neoliberal conditions and seeks to help architects and the communities with whom they work to find greater fulfilment and longevity. Working with local communities, she has undertaken extensive research on unfinished buildings and ghost urbanisations in Greece, Spain and Cuba through studio practice, examining the tie between building reuse and community regeneration. That work formulates ways of regenerating urban ecologies. As part of that research project, she examined the relationship between capitalism, city formation and the body polis (including the architect's body). On the latter subject she is currently writing a manuscript entitled 'Playing the Game of Life: In Architecture' (Routledge, 2021) which examines the gameplay decisions made over an architect’s work life in a global, neoliberal practice, which can lead to higher fulfilment and wellbeing personally, socially and environmentally. Since 2016 she has been undertaking an extensive research project on 'The Death and Life of UK Universities' to examine how the 'Mediated University' (a forthcoming book) can create more sustainable material and social cultures.

In her previous role as Dean she chaired the University Ethics Committee; Global Engagement Committee and; Publishing Committee for XJTLU Imprint, a Press Partner of the University of Liverpool Press. XJTLU Imprint publishes high quality research in English and Chinese to reach wider publics. In her own research, she employs alternative modes of architectural publishing including filmmaking and exhibition design. She is a member of the Surroundings Lab network [] and writes, directs and produces short films and documentaries as research. The films have been made through her production company, Caryatid Films. She has curated exhibitions in the UK; some have travelled internationally. Her books include: 'The Politics of Making' (2007); 'Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture' (2017); 'Architecture Filmmaking' (Nov 2019); 'Visual Research Methods in Architecture' (April 2021); and 'Spaces of Tolerance' (April 2021). Between 2017-2018, she was a Visiting Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies (CHS) at the Royal College of Art, London supervising dissertations in the MA Architecture, MA City Design, MA Interior Design and MA Environmental Architecture. Throughout her academic life she has supervised 100s of dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and some have won awards. She is a supervisor of PhDs and PhDs by Design and has supervised PhDs to completion. She has examined PhDs in Ireland, Australia, Portugal and the UK. She has been an External Examiner of masters programmes at the University of Sheffield and at the Birmingham School of Architecture. She was an invited juror for The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A) (Dissertation) prize.

She has held major research leadership roles in international research organisations in Australia and the UK. While in Australia she was a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand (SAHANZ). She has been Research lead and Chair of the international research network, Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and remains a Steering group member. As part of her role in AHRA, she initiated and founded the inter-disciplinary award-winning journal, 'Architecture and Culture' for which she has been editor-in-chief since 2013. She has co-edited many themed and open issues of the journal since its inception, some of which are to be published in book format. Themed issues include: 'Resistance to the Neoliberal University' 9(2) (June 2021); 'The Neoliberal University and its Changing Architectures' 9(1) (March 2021); 'Spaces of Tolerance' 7(1) (March 2019) ‘Architecture Film’, 3 (1) (March 2015); ‘Disciplinary Practices’, 2 (2) (July 2014); and ‘Discipline’, 1 (1&2) (July & November 2013]. The journal facilitates an interdisciplinary exchange between those working inside, across and outside architecture - from architects, artists and urban designers, filmmakers, animators and poets, from historians, geographers, anthropologists and social scientists - to reveal new readings concerned with architecture culture. She has led conference teams that organised two 150+ delegate international conferences and many symposia and has been an invited conference and session chair for many other conferences. She has given invited keynote addresses and lectures in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Copenhagen, Karlsruhe, Melbourne and has been interviewed on radio. She actively participates in international conferences worldwide to make network connections.

In 1996, she became a registered architect in Australia. She has practiced architecture in Melbourne and Brisbane; Münster, Germany and founded in 2008 the practice Original Field of Architecture (OFA) in Oxford with her husband, Andrew Dawson. With Andrew, she has made a film about OFAs work in the UK and how it was influenced by their experiences as students at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT); it was screened in Melbourne in August 2017. She began co-teaching studios with Andrew Dawson in 1998. They have two children, Lola and Valentino.


Academic appointments

  • Dean of International Affairs and Professor of Architecture, Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Sep 2018 - Jul 2020
  • Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Sep 2005 - Sep 2018
  • Visiting Lecturer, Cultural & Historical Studies (CHS), Royal College of Art, Sep 2017 - Sep 2018
  • Lecturer in Architecture, Architecture, University of Queensland, Feb 2003 - Aug 2005
  • Associate Lecturer in Architecture, Architecture, The Queeensland University of Technology, Feb 1997 - Jan 2003


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2005
  • Bachelor of Architecture with Hons (1st) - Part 2 equivalent, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, 1993
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Majoring in Architecture, The Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 1989

  • Board of Architects Queensland (BOAQ Australia), Registered Architect, Jul 1996 - May 2019

Roles on external bodies

Steering Group member of Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) (2006 to date)

Member of The Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA) (2020 to date)

Member of the European Architecture History Network (EAHN) (2017 to date)



Teaching interests

Architectural history and theory

Architectural design

Research-led design

Research methods for design

Professional practice

Staff serving as external examiners

2020+ London Metropolitan University

2011-2015_MA Architectural Design, Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield.

2011-2015_MA Urban Design, Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. 

2007-2011_Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), Birmingham City University.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Troiani I & Carless T (2021) 'The Death and Life of UK Universities and the Cultural Spaces They Consume' Architecture_MPS 19, (1) , DOI Open access
Troiani I & Dutson C (2021) 'The Neoliberal University as a Space to Learn/Think/Work in Higher Education' Architecture and Culture 9, (1) 5-23 , DOI
Troiani I & Kelly J (2020) 'Introduction: Architecture and Culture during a Global Pandemic' Architecture and Culture 8, (2) 171-175 , DOI
Troiani I & Ewing S (2019) 'Spaces of Tolerance: Editorial Introduction' Architecture and Culture 7, (1) 7-12 , DOI Open access
Troiani I & Ewing S (2019) 'Tolerance in the Peer Review of Interdisciplinary Research in Architectural Journal Publishing' Architecture and Culture 7, (1) 13-30 , DOI Open access
Troiani I & Kahn A (2016) 'Film as Architectural Theory' Architecture and Culture 4, (3) 485-498 , DOI Open access
Troiani I & Kahn A (2016) 'Beyond the Academic Book: New “Undisciplined” Corporeal Publication' Architecture and Culture 4, (1) 51-71 , DOI
Troiani I & Carless T (2015) '‘in-between’: architectural drawing as interdisciplinary spatial discourse' The Journal of Architecture 20, (2) 268-292 , DOI
Troiani I & Campbell H (2015) 'Orchestrating Spatial Continuity in the Urban Realm' Architecture and Culture 3, (1) 7-16 , DOI
Troiani I & Ewing S (2014) 'Inside Architecture from the Outside: Architecture's Disciplinary Practices' Architecture and Culture 2, (2) 151-166 , DOI
Troiani I (2013) 'Eco-topia' Journal of Architectural Education 67, (1) 96-105 , DOI
Troiani I (2012) 'Sci-fi Eco-Architecture: science fiction, sustainability and design studio' Architectural Research Quarterly 16, (4) 313-324 , DOI
Troiani I (2012) 'Zaha: An Image of “The Woman Architect”' Architectural Theory Review 17, (2-3) 346-364 , DOI
Troiani I (2010) 'An Architectural Genogram: Writing Architectural History Based on the Transfer of Social Capital' The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review 5, (7) 347-364 , DOI
Troiani I (2007) '‘Stirling's worth’: architectural quality and the Florey building, Oxford' Architectural Research Quarterly 11, (3-4) 291-299 , DOI
Troiani I (2005) 'Questioning models and drawings Representing space in drawing, film and writing' arq: Architectural Research Quarterly 9, (3-4) 185-185 , DOI
Troiani I (2005) 'Writing architectural history as documentary' The Journal of Architecture 10, (3) 275-284 , DOI
Troiani I 'The Elephant in the Room: How neoliberal architecture education undermines wellbeing' Charrette -Association of Architectural Educators Open access
Troiani I & Campbell H (2019) Architecture Filmmaking. Intellect Books
Zaman QM & Troiani I (2018) Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture From Pedagogy to Praxis. Springer
Swenarton M, Troiani I & Webster H (2013) The Politics of Making. London Routledge , DOI
Troiani I & Ewing S (2020) 'Introduction: Visual research methods and 'critical visuality'' in Troiani I; Ewing S Visual Research Methods in Architecture Bristol Intellect 1-32 Open access
Troiani I & Dawson A (2020) 'Regenerating Unfinished Buildings' in Orbasli A; Vellinga M Architectural Regeneration Oxford John Wiley & Sons 189-214 Open access
Troiani I (2019) 'His House, Our House and Her House: A Filmic Place for Women' in Troiani I; Campbell H Architecture Filmmaking Bristol Intellect Ltd 225-238 Open access
Troiani I & Carless T (2019) 'Cinematic Collage as Architectural Design Research' in Troiani I; Campbell H Chicago/Bristol The University of Chicago Press/Intellect Books Ltd
Troiani I & Dawson A (2019) 'Edmond & Corrigan as an Architectural Dialect: A Genealogy from Melbourne to Original Field of Architecture [OFA] in Oxford' in Mitsogianni V; Macasaet P Influence: Edmond & Corrigan + Peter Corrigan Fitzroy, Australia Uro Publications 178-179 Open access
Troiani I & Campbell H (2019) 'Introduction: Architecture Filmmaking: Framing the Discourse and Conditions of Production in Architectural Practice and Education' in Troiani I; Campbell H Architecture Filmmaking Chicago/Bristol The University of Chicago Press/Distributed by Intellect Ltd 1-20 Open access
Troiani I (2019) 'Spoken-not-spoken, Written-not-written: From Gossip and Rumor to Architectural History' in Stead N; van der Plaat D; Gosseye J Princeton Princeton Architectural Press 235-251 Open access
Troiani I & Campbell H (2019) 'Tracking Spatial Continuity in the Urban Realm' in Troiani I; Campbell H Architecture Filmmaking Chicago/Bristol The University of Chicago Press/Distributed by Intellect Ltd 87-96
Troiani I (2018) 'Zaha Hadid's Penthouse: Gender, Creativity and "Biopolitics" in the Neoliberal Workplace' in Staub A The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender New York and Abingdon Routledge 131-149 , DOI Open access
Zaman QM & Troiani I (2017) 'Introduction: Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture' The Urban Book Series Springer International Publishing 3-12 , DOI
Troiani I (2017) 'Academic Capitalism in Architecture Schools: A feminist critique of employability, 24/7 work and entrepreneurship' in Frichot H; Gabrielsson C; Runting H Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies London Routledge 170-180 , DOI Open access
Troiani I (2016) 'Gender, architectural education, and the accruing of capital' in Harriss H; Brown JB; Morrow R; Soane J London RIBA Publishing 220-232 Open access
(2013) 'Scale' Routledge , DOI
Troiani I (2013) 'Edited by Alison Smithson: A censored history of the ‘team 10 family’' The Politics of Making 148-158 , DOI
(2007) 'Critical Architecture' Routledge , DOI
Conference Papers
Troiani I (2019) '’Global Modernity’ in China and France: Flattening boundaries between Foreign Brandscapes & Regional Urban Heritage' Architecture Across Boundaries , DOI Open access
Troiani I (2008) 'Viva Stirling's Florey building' 121-125


Additional information


  • English: Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Italian: Can speak and understand spoken