Michael Weinstock, RIBA

Director of Studies Supervisor

Professional qualifications

RIBA Chartered Architect

Research Interest

My published research has been focused on the dynamics, forms and energy transactions of natural systems, and the abstraction and systematisation of knowledge of biological morphogenesis and evolution to contribute to innovative computational processes of architectural design and materialisation that are necessary to sustain human societies through the impending changes. My current focus is on defining new models of ecological intelligence for future cities in a changed world with a special fo


Dr.Michael Weinstock is an Architect, currently Director of Research and Development, and Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design programme in the Graduate School. Born in Germany, lived as a child in the Far East and then West Africa, and attended an English public school but ran away to sea at age 17 after reading Conrad. Years at sea in traditional wooden sailing ships, with shipyard and shipbuilding experience. Studied Architecture at the Architectural Association 1982/88 and has ta


2013, Weinstock, M., Intelligent Cities and the Taxonomy of Cognitive Scales, Wiley, London, Weinstock, M. (Ed.) ‘System City’, Architectural Design, Wiley, London pp. 56-65, 83(4)
The article explores the possibilities of cognitive complexity in urbanism emerging out of the interaction of sensory processing and behavioural responses to the world. It presents an outline of the specifics of the intelligence required for integration of sentient urban infrastructural systems into an intelligent ‘metasystem’ that is sensitively coupled to the lives of its citizens. It offers a preliminary conceptual schema of cognitive categories in ascending order of complexity: the‘situated city’, ‘reactive/responsive city’, ‘adaptive/attentional city’ and the ‘self-aware city’. A fully intelligent future city can be defined as self-aware and ‘conscious’ of both of itself and its citizens, and able to synchronise the city systems with climatic and ecological phenomena at the regional and local scales. Its spatial patterns are culturally appropriate to its citizens and to its climatic and ecological situation, and it adapts itself to the fluctuations in its flows, and to the emergent phenomena of its context by expansions, contractions and reconfigurations of its infrastructural systems, its spatial patterns and the morphology of its architecture.

2013, Weinstock,M., The Evolutionary Dynamics of Sentience in Cities, Wiley, Ednie-Brown,P., Burry,M., Burrow,A., (eds), The Innovation Imperative:Architectures of Vitality, Architectural Design, pp 92–7.
This article argues that the evolution of sentient systems is the primary foundation of intelligent urban environments. It outlines the how the extended ‘nervous system’ of cities have the potential to develop the capacity to sense changes in the city’s flows of people, and of energy, information and material.

2010, Weinstock, M., The Architecture of Emergence: the Evolution of Form in Nature and Civilisation, Wiley
The primary concern of the book is to position human evolutionary development within ecological development, and to trace the emergence and evolutionary development of human culture, the emergence of architecture and of cities and systems of cities within the processes and phenomena of natural systems. The first half of the book is focused on the complex systems of the physical world – the forms and processes of the climate, the land surface of the earth, the emergence and evolution of the anatomical forms and metabolism of all living species and of their genetics, followed by the dynamics of individual and collective metabolisms from which intelligence, social and spatial orders emerge. The second half of the book traces the evolution of human culture in relation to climate and ecology and the episodic collapse and reorganisation of cultural and ecological systems. The irregular expansions, consolidation, collapse and subsequent reorganisation of cities and systems of cities are traced. The thresholds of critical stability in the natural and cultural systems of the world are identified, and the systemic changes that will cascade through all systems are outlined, and the likely outcomes from which new forms of cities and dynamical patterns of future societies will emerge are delineated. ISBN: 978-0-470-06633-1

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.