Dr Sana Murrani
Lecturer in Architecture
School of Architecture, Design and Environment (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Main role: Lecturer in Architecture.
Architecture History and Theory Stream Leader
Sana Murrani is an experimental architect and theorist in spatial practice, and currently holds the position of Lecturer in Architecture at Plymouth University, UK. She studied architecture at Baghdad University School of Architecture at both under-graduate and post-graduate level. Sana is a member of the Planetary Collegium’s CAiiA-Hub in Plymouth, UK where she undertook her PhD on the subject of theoretical encounters and the critique of architectural representation and material culture under the influence of technology. Sana’s main research interest is in the field of liminal spatial and social practice with a particular focus on the transient conditions of Worldmaking. Her work focuses on linking contemporary spatial philosophy and current critical theories of social practice influenced by technoscience in order to reveal the conditions of the marginalised, the contested and the peripheral in any inhabited situation/urban context. In her work Sana uses inter/trans-disciplinary methodologies such as second-order cybernetics, transmedia representation tools/mapping, and digital anthropology. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and participated in international conferences and workshops. Sana is currently a reviewer for Leonardo Reviews: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology and has been a guest reviewer for the Thinkers for Architects series published by Routledge.
Philosophers and theorists of particular importance for my research are: Victor Turner, Michel de Certeau, Umberto Eco, Nelson Goodman, Doreen Massey, Bruno Latour, Manuel DeLanda, Henri Lefebvre, Heinz von Foerster, and Don Ihde, as well as the critique of the philosophies of Michel Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, and Gottfried Leibniz.
Roles on external bodies
Experimentation in Architecture through the exploration of different tools of representation and technologies [Sketches, Digital Drawings, Rapid Prototyping/Laser Cutting, MultiMedia technologies].
Focusing on the design process and the creation of narratives as a tool for design, communication as well as representation [Narratives, Diagrams, Story Boards, Comic Strips, Developmental Models].
Integrating theory and practice in studio teaching [Linking Mid and late Twentieth Century and Current Theories of architecture to Experimental Design and Social Practices].
My main research interest is in the field of liminal spatial and social practice with a particular focus on the transient conditions of Worldmaking. My work focuses on linking mid and late twentieth century spatial philosophy and current critical theories of social practice influenced by technoscience in order to reveal the conditions of the marginalised, the contested and the peripheral in any inhabited situation/urbancontext. In my work I use inter/trans-disciplinary methodologies such assecond-order cybernetics, transmedia representation tools/mapping, and digital anthropology.
- Liminal Spatial and Social Practice [Theories andPhilosophies of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, de Certeau]
- Situated Cognition, Perception, Worldmaking,Networks/Complex Systems [Goodman, Latour, DeLanda]
- Methodologies of second-order cybernetics,technoscience, transmedia representation tools/mapping, and digitalanthropology
Philosophers and theorists of particular importance for my research are: Sanford Kwinter, Neil Leach, Henri Lefebvre, Heinz von Foerster, Michel de Certeau, Umberto Eco, Nelson Goodman, Doreen Massey, Bruno Latour, Manuel DeLanda and Don Ihde, as well as the critique of the philosophies of Michel Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, and Gottfried Leibniz.
Collaborator with i-DAT, Plymouth University.
Memberof Culture | Theory | Space research group, Plymouth University.
Member of the Architectural Humanities ResearchAssociation AHRA.
Memberof the Planetary Collegium research group, Plymouth University.
Creative practice & artistic projects
Conferences and workshops attended:
Architecture and Writing: ARCHTHEO '14 / Theory of Architecture Conference, 6th-8th of November 2014, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul - Turkey.
ISEA2011 Istanbul, Panel discussion: The Volatility and Stability of WorldMaking as Techné. Inter Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA2011) conference in Istanbul, September 14th-21st 2011. Invited panelists: Roy Ascott and Marcos Novak. Chair and Co chairs: MarkDavid Hosale, Sana Murrani and Alberto de Campo.
Fixed? Architecture, Incompleteness and Change, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth, UK, 7-8 April 2011, p20.
The 13th Generative Art Conference15th, 16th, 17th of December 2010, Milan-Italy.
9th Consciousness Reframed Conference: NewRealities: Being Syncretic. Vienna July 3-5 2008.
Vice Chancellor's Research& Innovation Conference, The University of Plymouth - UK April 2007.
8thConsciousness Reframed Conference: Art & Consciousness in thePost-Biological Era, Plymouth - UK, July 21-23 2006.
Models of Machine learningin Creative Design Conference, DCC'06, Eindhoven Technical University andUniversity College London, The Netherlands, July 2006.
SlidingScales Workshop,i-DAT and the Bartlett School of Architecture, The University of Plymouth - UKNovember 2006.
Designing for the 21stCentury Workshop, University of Westminster, London, September 2005.
Altered States Conference:Transformations of Perception, Place and Performance, The University of Plymouth, Plymouth - UK July2005.
BIOTECH ART, SymbioticAand Kings College, London, March-April 2005.
Sensational NetInternational Conference, Fortaleza - Brazil, November 2003.
- Culture, Theory, Space
- i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology)
Refereed book, journal, and conference proceeding articles:
MURRANI, S. 2016. 'Baghdad’s thirdspace: Between liminality, anti-structures and territorial mappings'. In: Cultural Dynamics: SAGE, Vol 28 (2), pp. 189-220.
MURRANI, S. 2014. To Cognise a Liminal Reality: on constructing a spatial and social assemblage of peripheral sites and situations in England. In: Architecture and Writing: ARCHTHEO '14 / Theory of Architecture Conference Proceeding Book, 6th-8th of November 2014, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. DAKAM: Istanbul, pp.217-226.
MURRANI, S. 2012. The Socio-Temporary in Architecture: Territories of Second-Order Cybernetics. In: The International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies 2 (1), 44-56.
MURRANI, S & EMMETT, M. 2011. Overlaid Realities. In: Cabinet: Changing Perceptions Catalogue, University of Plymouth Press, UK. 16-17 & 26-27.
MURRANI, S. 2011. Third Way Architecture: Between Cybernetics and Phenomenology. In: Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research 8 (3), 267-281.
MURRANI, S. 2010. Architecture of Generative Situations. In: 13th Generative Art Conference. Milan – Italy, Domus Argenia Publisher.
MURRANI, S. 2009. Instability andIncompleteness in Architecture. In: ASCOTT, R., BAST, G., FIEL, W.,JAHRMANN, M. & SCHNELL, R. (eds.) New Realities: Being Syncretic.Wien: Springer. 202-206.
MURRANI, S. 2007. The Behaviour ofArchitectural Forms. Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research,5 (3), 133-149.
MURRANI, S. 2005. Re-thinking ArchitecturalForm: The Emergence of Self-organized Architectural Form. In: Altered States Conference: Transformationsof Perception, Place and Performance Plymouth, UK. Liquid Reader.
MURRANI, S. 2014. Review of Soft Estate by Edward Chell. Leonardo Reviews, July 2014. Available: here.
MURRANI, S. 2016. Review of Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and The Architectural Association by Igor Marjanović and Jan Howard. Leonardo Reviews, May 2016. Available: here.
MURRANI, S. 2011. Unstable Territories of Representation: Architectural Experience and the Behaviour of Forms, Spaces and the Collective Dynamic Environment (PhD thesis abstract). LABS: Leonardo ABstracts Service, UK. Online: http://leonardolabs.pomona.edu/SearchDetails.aspx?UID=331.
MURRANI, S. 2007.Architectural Form between Theory and Practice: Architectural Form Perceivedand Conceived as a Set of Behaviours. In:Vice Chancellor’s Research and Innovation Conference Plymouth, UK. Poster.
MURRANI, S. 2006. Stigmergic Architecture. In:ASCOTT, R., ed. Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era: 8thInternational Consciousness Reframed Conference Plymouth - UK. University ofPlymouth Press.
MURRANI, S. 2003. TransphenomicArchitecture. In: MACIEL, K.,PARENTE, A., ASCOTT, R., NOBREGA, G., eds. Sensational Net InternationalConference Fortaleza – Brazil. 27.
Reports & invited lectures
COGTALK December 2014 for the Cognitive Institute on the social and cultural construct of Architecture. An evening with artist Tim Knowles and Dr. Mathew Emmett.
Other academic activities