Jonathan HaleI am an architect, Associate Professor & Reader in 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; digital media in museums and architectural 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 currently an active member of the interdisciplinary Science Technology and Culture research group at Nottingham, hosted by the Dept of French, as well as the Sense of Space group, a collaboration with the Depts of Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.

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’
  • Digital media in museums and architectural exhibitions

Current publication projects include a book for the Routledge series Thinkers for Architects on the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, completed in 2015, 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 teaching studio and giving lectures 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 (July) 2016.

Latest Article

Material Imagination book cover

Hale, J. "Found Spaces and Material Memory: Remarks on the Thickness of Time in Architecture." In: MINDRUP, M., ed., The Material Imagination. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, pp169-180.

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