Dr Ioana Popovici

Dr Ioana Popovici

Associate Tutor

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


Module Leader - Y1 History, Theory + Critical Context (HTCC402)

Associate Tutor - Y1 Design Studio, Communications; Y2, Y3 History, Theory + Critical Context (HTCC501, HTCC601)             


PhD in Architecture | School of Art, Design and Architecture | Plymouth University

B.Arch + M.Arch | Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism | Bucharest

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Teaching interests

My research and teaching interests converge on the critical examination of architecture praxis - past, present, and future - in articulation with power, social, economic and cultural practices. 

Starting from 2014, I have been supporting PU architecture students in History, Theory + Critical Context, exploring topics such as liminality, transgressive architecture, disaster-relief design, the architectural critique of neo-capitalism, etc. 

Since 2018, I have joined the Y1 Design Studio / Communications team, taking a keen interest in the pedagogy of architecture, and the intersection between my core research areas and the process of studio-based design.  

Other interests include photography; mixed media representations; exploring differences in the perception of architectural and urban contexts between professional and non-professional audiences; and strategies for derelict urban spaces. 

Research interests

The research topics carried through from my PhD project focus on discursive interference between several fields – politics, the profession, economy, and socio-cultural practices. Broader research interests include architecture theory in totalitarian regimes, the urban development of modern Bucharest, industrial architecture, and intersections between architecture, philosophy, cultural theory and social sciences in a variety of geo-cultural contexts.  

Over the past academic year I have joined the research team of Creative Recovery: Mapping Refugees’ Memories of Home as Heritage, initiated and led by Associate Professor Sana Murrani. The project highlights the adaptive spatial agency of refugees and those affected by displacement, and proposes collaborative methodologies for creative recovery through memory and identity work centred on being at home / being in the city.


2017 - 'Communist Romanian architecture. Des critiques autres: song, comedy, caricature', Critical Context Journal   (2017), 93-96.

2016 - 'Two Churches and A Hat: The National Bucharest Theatre or the Mythology of Post-War Romanian 

            Architecture', PARSE Journal, 3 (2017), 109-128.

2014 - 'Architecture Competitions – A Space for Political Contention. Socialist Romania, 1950–1956', 
            Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 38 (2014), 24-38.

          - ‘The City as a Part of Nature, and Concrete as a Kind of Earth'. Japanese Architecture Meets 1960s-1980s  

             Romanian Modernism, studies in History & Theory of Architecture, 2 (2014), 116-139.

 2013 - 'Star-topped Spires and Cardboard Heroes. Soviet Socialist Realism in Arhitectura R.P.R.', studies in History & 

             Theory of Architecture, 1 (2013), 60-77.

Reports & invited lectures

Plymouth University:

2019 - Oct - Y2 HTCC501 guest lecture: 'Shaping ethical architecture practice: between professional culture and individual ethos'

         - Y1 Communications lecture / workshop: 'Architectural drafting | Orthographic projection | Axonometric projection | Plan and Elevation'

2019 - Jan - Y1 Communications lecture / workshop: 'Analytical Photography in Architecture' 

2018 - Oct - Y1 Critical Context lecture: 'Radical vs. Liveable. Moments of Rupture and Patterns of Flow'

2012 - Dec - M.Arch Design Studio lecture: 'Bucharest - city out of sync'

Other academic activities

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism | Bucharest

 2011 Feb - 2012 June: History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation Department
 'Architecture, dwelling, city' course, 2nd year of study B. Arch | teaching assistant