Jonathan HaleI am an architect and Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture and Built Environment. My research interests include: architectural theory and criticism; Phenomenology and the philosophy of technology; the relationship between architecture and the body; narrative, design and digital media in museums and exhibitions. I’ve published books, chapters, refereed articles and conference papers in most of these areas and have received grants from the EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and the Arts Council. I am also Head of the Department’s Architecture, Culture & Tectonics research group (ACT) and I was founder – and am still currently a steering group member – of the international subject network: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA). I am also an active member of the interdisciplinary Science Technology and Culture research group at Nottingham, hosted by the Dept of French.

Research themes and interests:

  • Architectural theory and criticism
  • The relationship between architecture and the body
  • Philosophies of technology, materiality and perception
  • Phenomenology, psychology and ‘neuroaesthetics’
  • Narrative, design, and digital media in museums and exhibitions

Recent publication projects include a book for the Routledge series Thinkers for Architects on the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, published in 2017, and an article for the book Towards an Ecology of Tectonics, published by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Editions Axel Menges) in 2014.

Previous book publications include: a co-edited book (with Dr Laura Hanks and Dr Suzanne Macleod of University of Leicester) entitled Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions, (Routledge 2012). From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture (Routledge 2007) co-edited with Marco Frascari (Carleton University, Canada) and Bradley Starkey; Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, (Routledge 2007) co-edited with William W Braham (University of Pennsylvania); an architectural monograph Ends Middles Beginnings: Edward Cullinan Architects (Black Dog Publishing 2005); and Building Ideas: An Introduction to Architectural Theory (Wiley/Academy 2000). More details are available under the ‘Publications’ link above.

Recent funded research projects include: “Anywhere”, “Future Garden” and “Moving City”, a series of PDA and smart-phone guided walks and performance events – part of an ongoing collaboration with the Mixed Reality Lab of the School of Computer Science (University of Nottingham) and the Austrian artist-choreographer Cie. Willi Dorner. A further phase of this project was developed as part of the interdisciplinary ‘Towards Pervasive Media’ feasibility study funded by the EPSRC, involving an 18-month collaboration (2009-2011) with colleagues in Computer Science, Geography and History, alongside a number of artists-in-residence.

I currently supervise eight PhD students, as well as giving lectures on architectural humanities at 2nd, 5th year and masters levels.


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Latest Book

Link to Routledge website

Hale, J., Merleau-Ponty for Architects. Abingdon: Routledge 2017, pp. 144.

Latest Article

Tectonics Reader cover

Hale, J., "Signs of Resistance: Re-membering Technology", in Hvejsel & Fogod (eds), Reader: Tectonics in Architecture, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press 2018, pp. 188-97

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