Graham Cairns

Graham CairnsProfessor
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Brief Biography

Dr. Graham Cairns is an academic and author in the field of architecture and interior design who has written extensively on film, advertising and political communication. He has held visiting positions at universities in Spain, the UK, Mexico, the Gambia, South Africa and the US. He has worked in architectural studios in London and Hong Kong. He is author and editor of multiple books and articles on architecture as both a form of visual culture and a socio-political construct. His most recent book, Reification and Representation – Architecture in the Politico-Media-Complex, was published by Routledge in 2018.

Educational Credentials

PhD. Architecture (History and Theory), Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, 2010
Masters of Art & Architecture (Specialism in Theory), Hull School of Architecture, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, UK, 1999
B.Arch. Post Graduate Degree in Architecture. RIBA II, Hull School of Architecture, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, UK, 1997
B.A. (Hons) Degree in Architecture. RIBA I, Department of Architecture, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, 1992

Teaching Experience

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK, 2015-2017
Visiting Academic Scholar, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York. 2013–2015
Senior lecturer / Department Head, Architecture-Interior-Spatial Design Programs, Writtle School of Design (WSD) – Writtle University College/University of Essex, UK, 2006–2012
Invited Faculty, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, 2003–2005
Adjunct Faculty, 20 C Design and Film Theory, Fundación Universitaria San Pablo – CEU, Madrid, Spain, 2001–2003
Adjunct Faculty (PT), Architecture Studio. University of East London, London, UK. 1999–2000

Professional Experience

Architectural Designer at Michael Jones Architects, London, UK, 1999-2000
Architectural Designer (pt time) at FPCR Architects, Nottingham, UK, 1998-1999
Architectural Designer at Patrice Butler Architects, Hong Kong, 1994-1995
Architectural Designer at C. A. Architects, Hong Kong, 1994

Professional Memberships

Research Group Affiliations:

CMIR – Centre for Moving Image research, The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, 2015-2017
AMPS (Architecture Media Politics Society), Director and Research Coordinator. London, UK, 2011-2017
Consortium - Research Excellence Support and Teaching (CREST) Associate, HE-Guild, London, UK, 2010-2014
Group for International Design Education (GIDE) Participant/Event Organization, Leeds College of Art and Design, UK, 2010-2012
Built Environment Research Group, (BERG) Participant, Lecture Series, University of Derby, UK, 2010-2011

External Examiner:

External Examiner, Interior Architecture and Design, University of the Creative Arts, Bournmouth, UK, 2013-2016
External Examiner, Spatial Design, School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, 2012-2015
External Verifier, Multi Media Design, Greenside (University) Design Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2011-2012
Academic Validation Member, Department of Interior Architecture, Teeside University, Newcastle, UK, 2011
Academic Validation Member, Department of Interior Architecture, University Campus Suffolk (UCS), UK, 2010
External Examiner, Faculty of Spatial Design, Plymouth (University) College of Art and DesignUK, 2008-2012

Other Memberships:

Trustee, Interior Educators (IE), 2012
Associate Member, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 2011
Fellow Membership, Higher Education Academy, 2011
Individual Member, The Green Register, 2010
Executive Committee (Events Chair), Interior Educators (IE), 2009
Accredited Member, Centre for Alternative Technologies, (CAT), 2009
Registered Member, Building Research Establishment, (BRE), 2009
Member/Collaborator, Chelmsford Theatre Workshop (CTW), 2007
Graduate Member, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 1999
Graduate Member, Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), 1998
Collaborator, Northern Theatre Company, Hull, UK, 1996 



Selected Publications

2018 Reification and Representation - architecture as political image. Author. Routledge, Taylor&Francis. 
ISBN 978-1-138-92741-4
2017 From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing: Interaction of Communities, Residents and Activists. Co-Editor. UCL Press., Taylor&Francis. ISBN: 978-1-78735-033-5
2016 Visioning Technologies – the architectures of sight, Editor, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, London. 
ISBN 978-1-4724-5496-6 
2016 Reflections on Architecture – Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century, Author, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, London. ISBN 978-1-4724-5608-3
2014 Design for a Complex World – challenges in practice and education, Editor, Libri Publishing: Oxford. 
ISBN 978-1-907471-65-0
2013 The Architecture of the Screen: essays in cinematographic space, Author, Intellect Books, Bristol. 
ISBN: 978-1-84150-711-8
2013 Reinventing Architecture and Interiors - a socio-political view on building adaptation, Editor, Libri Publishing: Oxford. ISBN 978-1-907471-64-3
2010 Deciphering Art, Architecture and Advertising: selling to the sophisticated consumer, Author, Libri Publishing: Oxford. ISBN 978-1-907471-15-5
2007 El arquitecto detrás de la cámara: una visión espacial del cine, Author, Abada Editores: Madrid. 
ISBN 978-8496-258-90-7