Dr Mathew Emmett

Dr Mathew Emmett

Associate Professor in Architecture

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

Mathew can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Architecture
  • Public realm design
  • Design research
  • Perception
  • Situated cognition
  • Sensory design

M.Arch Year 1 Studio Leader and Professional Practice
Research: http://mathewemmett.com


Bsc (Hons) Bartlett School of Architecture RIBA Part I
Central Saint Martins

Professional membership

Architectural Association

Teaching interests

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Urbanism
  • Professional Practice
  • Media Studies
  • Design Research

Staff serving as external examiners

’05-08: Chelsea College of Art and Design: External Examiner: MA Interior and Spatial Design.

Research interests

Emmett studied art at Central Saint Martins, architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Architectural Association, and music at Karlheinz Stockhausen's Sound Interpretation and Composition Workshop, Kurten in 2007. Emmett has worked with the architectural theorist Charles Jencks and in 2013 he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in situated cognition, where Emmett developed a new style of critical architecture that extends the understanding of feedback systems within psychotropic dimensions. Emmett is an Associate Professor at Plymouth University, where he is researching the interface between science and art. Emmett's research spans architecture, performative practice, sound and cognition.

Research Groups:
CogNovo: Investigator, funded by the EU Marie Curie initiative and Plymouth University.
Transtechnology Research
ADE Research And Graduate Committee, Design Knowledge.
Art + Sound.
Performance. Experience. Presence.
Estranged Space (founding member, pan - university).
Perception Network (pan - European).

Research groups

Other research

Research Projects

2015. 'Space Interface' New Media Art collaboration with renowned artist Eberhard Kranemann, Weithorn Galerie, Dusseldorf.
2015. 'Open State' Dance/music collaboration with Adam Benjamin, Tokyo Art Centre, Japan.
2015. 'Etch' Exim Dance Collaboration (Arts Council Funding).
2013. Bourbaki Panaroma, Luzern. Project initiating (Estranged Space).
2012. Perception of space & cybernetics in collaboration with PerceptionLab (Germany), host site: The Roman Baths, Bath.  
2012. Mapping perception, host site: USAAF Dunkeswell.
2011. Multi-modal space typologies, host site: ARP bunker, Plymouth. 
2010. Estranged Space, interdisciplinary research group: Founding member.
2007. Karlheinz Stockhausen, Interpretation & Composition.

Grants & contracts

Art and Culture Promotion Fund, Arts Council Tokyo (Open State), 2015.
Arts Council (Etch), 2015.
R1A funding to present paper: Pathological Space: Trauma and the matrix of cognition, 2014, Berlin.
R1A funding to present paper: Hyper Vigilant Spatial Practice, (Architectural Humanities Research Association).
R1S Funding for research sabbatical (Artist Residency Roman Baths).
R1A funding to present paper: eCAADe 2011 Respecting Fragile Places, Ljubljana.
R1A funding to attend Karlheinze Stockausen Composition & Interpretation Course.
R1A funding for transportation of work to London Group exhibition.

Creative practice & artistic projects

'15: Gerhard Richter, Artist Rooms Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.
'13: 'Asynchronous Perception" Installation Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
'12: "180 Degrees of Trauma" Installation Bundeswehrkrankenhaus, Germany.
'11-13: "The Illegal Architect" film score music composition.
'11: "The Cabinet" Peninsula Arts, Plymouth.
'10: Artist Residency, The Roman Baths, Bath
'10: Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Architecture.
'09: The London Group, Menier Gallery, London.
’07: The London Group, Menier Gallery, London.
’07: Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Architecture.
’05: Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Architecture.
’04: Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Architecture.
'04: World Heritage Commission: Jurassic Challenge.
'01: Year of The Artist residency: 'Hyperactive', Prema Arts Centre.

Architectural competitions:
’04: The New Architecture Foundation Building, London.
‘02: The Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt.

Other Publications

'15: Two book chapters in process.

'14: 'Pathelogical Space: Trauma and the matrix of cognition'. In: Nickl-Weller, C. and Matthys. S. ed. Health Care der Zukunft 5. Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

'13: 'Perception of Space in Architecture and Culture: Study of Industrial Ruins'.

'13: 'Felt Space Infrastructure: hyper vigilant spatiality to valence the visceral dimension', PhD thesis.

'11: 'The Universe in The Landscape: Landforms by Charles Jencks', Frances Lincoln Ltd.

'11: 'Augmented Reality: Mensch, Raum und Virtualitat', Fink Wilhelm, Germany.

'10: 'Architects Sketchbook', Thames and Hudson Ltd.

'10: ‘Landforms:Charles Jencks’, Francis Lincoln ltd. Publication in process.

’08: ‘Space Craft, Advances in Architectural Computing’, RIBA publishing, “Contemporary Digital Design”.

’07: ‘Architectural Voices: Listening to Old Buildings’, John Wiley & Sons, “Soundscape of 2 Marsham St”.

’05: ‘Building Design’, Issue 1661, February.

’04: ‘Architects Guide to Running a Practice’, Elsevier/Architectural Press.

’04: ‘Building Design’, Issue 1634, July.

‘03: Charles Jencks, ‘The Garden of Cosmic speculation’, Frances Lincoln.

‘02: RIBA Journal, November.

‘02: Charles Jencks, ‘The New Paradigm in Architecture’, Yale University Press.

Reports & invited lectures

2015: 'Event Spaces of infinite perspective', Off the Lip, Transdiciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation.
2015: 'Visual Mediators' workshop, Off the Lip.
2014: 'Pathological Space', Healthcare of the Future 5, Berlin.
2014: 'Hyper Vigilant Spatial Practice', AHRA, UWE.
2013: 'Frame Relativism & Contingency'. Lucerne School of Engineering & Architecture, Switzerland.
2012: 'Acquisition of Reality: perception as reflexive architecture'. Oxford Brookes University, UK.
2012: 'Estranged Space: Research methodologies'. University of Applied Sciences, Detmold, Germany.
2010: 'Digital Frisson'. University of Applied Sciences, Detmold, Germany.
2008: 'Hidden City', Plymouth University.
2007: 'Intervention Interaction: Intelligent Spaces'.Technische Universiteit, Eindhoven.

Conferences organised

2013. 360 Conference 2013: 'Time Around Space'.

Other academic activities

2013. Perception of Space in Architecture & Culture: Sensory living, International Summer School, Switzerland.
2012. Perception of Space in Architecture & Culture: Study of industrial Ruins, International Summer School, Germany.
2010. Advanced Digital Architectural Design, International Summer School,Germany.