Jeremy Till

Three Myths and One Model

Originally commissioned by the RIBA, a piece on what might or might not constitute architectural research. Big in Spain.

Free School: London

Citizen Expert//Expert Citizen. A lecture in the short lived but brilliant Really Free School, when a group of activists took over a grand building in Bloomsbury and ran a 'free school', very different in formulation Michael Gove's libertarian version. 

University of Sheffield


As part of the series ?The Social Production of Architecture?. Didn't go too well because I asked the question: Is Design Activism bad design and bad activism? This started a debate.

Green Economics Conference: Oxford University

Scarce Pickings

Keynote: Architectural Research Conference: Valencia

Is Doing Architecture Doing Research?

Glossing over the cracks

My response as to why giving the official government website 2013 Design of the Year was not so cool.

Reality in the Balance

A long piece on Trump-Brexit-Architecture. I was nervous doing it because I thought everything had been said, but thought there was an urgency, so any contribution felt worthwhile

Designs of the Year 2014

Article for The Conversation critiquing the reductive way that things are chosen for the Designs of the Year exhibition.

How does design function in a recession?

Part of a panel at the VandA organised by Guy Julier. Summary of debate is here

The King is Dead!Long Live the Queen!

Short and a bit inconsequential riposte to Markus Miessen’s Nightmare of Participation.

The Future is Hairy

The best essay on the building and meaning of our house, with stories.

Echo City: British Pavilion at 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale

Chosen in open competition to curate the British Pavilion, I put together the best creative minds in Sheffield to present an echo of this wonderful city (the link takes you to my initial application, and I have to say the room data sheets are not bad). The team included: Ian Anderson, Tim Etchells, Hugo Glendinning, Encounters, Martyn Ware, and Jim Prevett. The show attempted to explain how a city is great beyond its buildings: it did not have much architecture in, which did not go down well with architects, especially those in London, who were doubly annoyed that a provincial academic was doing the show. But beyond the Clerkenwell goldfish bowl (with Ellis Woodman in particularly splenetic form, fortunately now behind a paywall), the exhibition was better received (i.e in Die Presse, Der Standard, Financial Times, The Architects Newspaper, The Times, The Yorkshire Post, and of course the Sheffield Telegraph )

The Architecture of Good Intentions

Reflections on 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

University of Dundee

Spatial Ethics

University of California: Berkeley

Architecture Depends. Flight was delayed. I was an hour late, but it was a Friday evening and they had got out the wine. A great gig.

Flexible Housing: 2007: Architectural Press

With Tatjana Schneider. A comprehensive survey of Flexible Housing design.  Winner 2007 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University based research, with judges saying: ?An exemplary body of architecturally-relevant research?offering comparative design plans, well-researched historical referencing, a new classification system and a practical manual/tool kit. An innovative and brave approach?? There is a long and useful, if quite critical, review by John Habraken  (who is one of the book’s heroes). The book is beautifully designed by Ben Weaver, who also did Spatial Agency and Architecture & Participation.

Occupational Hazards: Architectural Review

A short think piece on the 2011 Occupation movement and its relevance to architecture.

Design: Duarte Carrilho da Graça & Philipp Sokolov