Teresa Stoppani, DrArch- Architetto- PhDArch- Professor of Research in Architecture

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Professional qualifications

AHRA; EAHN; Architetto (Italy).

Research Interest

Teresa’s research in architectural theory focuses on the relationship between architecture and other critical spatial practices. Key areas of investigation and projects include: ‘Urban Paradigms’, a study of the city and its architecture beyond the reference to the urban cultural context, that draws categories from other disciplines – the visual arts, art, architectural history and theory, but also cartography, film, philosophy and critical theory. This comprises the books Paradigm Islands: M


Teresa Stoppani is an architect and architectural theorist. She studied architecture in Venice (MArch, IUAV) and in Florence (PhD Arch&UD), and has taught architectural design and theory in Italy (IUAV Venice), Australia (UTS Sydney, RMIT Melbourne) and the UK (AA London, Greenwich London, Brighton, Leeds Beckett), and was the Head of the Leeds School of Architecture (2013-16) where she established and directed the PhD Architecture programme (2013-17). Teresa’s research focuses on the relatio


2018, Teresa Stoppani, --, Unorthodox Ways to Think the City, Routledge, --, --, --
This book argues that architecture and the city and their processes can be better understood by drawing categories from disciplines that exceed the architectural and urban cultural context. It performs an open intellectual reading that traverses architecture and architectural theory, but also art theory and history, cartography, philosophy, literature and cultural studies, to unfold a series of ‘figures’ that are ambiguously placed between the representation and the construction of space in architecture and the city. The paradigm (and philosophy), the island (and the city), the map (and representation), the model (and making) and the questioning of form performed by dust, are explored beyond their definition, as processes that differently make space between architecture and the city, and are proposed as unorthodox analytic techniques to decipher contemporary spatial complexity. The book analyses how these ‘figures’ have been employed at different times and in different creative disciplines, beyond architecture and in relation to changing notions of space, and traces the role that they have played in the shift towards the dynamic that has taken place in contemporary theory and design research. What emerges is the idea of an ‘architecture of the city’ that is not only physical, but is largely defined by the way in which its physical spaces are regulated, lived and perceived, but also imagined and projected. https://www.routledge.com/Unorthodox-Ways-to-Think-the-City-Representations-Constructions-Dynamics/Stoppani/p/book/9780415724388

2016, Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, George Themistokleous, editors, --, This Thing Called Theory, Routledge, --, --, --
In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory explores current practices of architectural theory, their critical and productive role. The book is organized in sections which explore theory as an open issue in architecture, as it relates to and borrows from other disciplines and practice, thus opening up architecture itself and showing how architecture is inextricably connected to other social and theoretical practices. The sections move gradually from the specifics of architectural thought – its history, theory, and criticism – and their ongoing relation with philosophy to the critical positions formulated through architecture’s specific forms of expression and onto more recent forms of architecture’s engagement and self-definition. The book’s thematic sessions are concluded by and interspersed with a series of shorter critical position texts, which, together, propose a new vision of the contemporary role of theory in architecture. What emerges, overall, is a critical and productive role for theory in architecture today: theory as a proposition, theory as task and as a ‘risk’ of architecture. https://www.routledge.com/This-Thing-Called-Theory/Stoppani-Ponzo-Themistokleous/p/book/9781138223004

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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.