Professor Jeremy Till
Jeremy Till is an architect and educator. He has recently been appointed as Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, moving from the University of Sheffield where he was Professor of Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture. His extensive written work includes Architecture and Participation and Flexible Housing (with Tatjana Schneider), which was winner of the 2007 RIBA President’s Medal for Research. His most recent book, Architecture Depends (MIT Press 2009), has been widely reviewed and discussed. As an architect, he works with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects best known for their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Straw House and Quilted Office), which has received extensive international acclaim and multiple awards. In 2006 he was appointed to represent Britain at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Professor Jeremy Till has experience on a range of funded research projects, as well independently directed research projects. His first AHRC (the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded project on Flexible Housing was awarded the RIBA President’s Award for University-based research in 2007, in recognition of the rigour and impact of the project. It was also used by the AHRC as one of only six exemplar case studies to show the economic impact of arts and humanities research. The research was also immediately taken up by the UK Housing Corporation (the national agency for provision of social housing) who commissioned a further report for implementation by their network of providers. The second AHRC project on Alternative Architectural Practice is still underway, but has already been taken up as the focus of the 2009 RIBA Research Symposium, and has also led two international conferences on the subject. Till’s recent book Architecture Depends (MIT Press, 2009) has been extensively reviewed and discussed, including selection as Times Higher Education book of the week, and inclusion on influential programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. The book sets out a new paradigm for architectural practice, one that shifts attention from an obsession with the autonomous and formal to an engagement with the messy realities of life; the direction of SCIBE provides a natural development of this work. Till brings to the project a specific expertise in the investigation of alternative values and models in the production of the built environment, and the insistence that rigorously compiled theoretical approaches are necessarily linked to action – based on his experience as an award winning practising architect.
1. Jeremy Till, Architecture Depends, (MIT Press, Cambridge 2009), 232pp
2. Jeremy Till and Tatjana Schneider, Flexible Housing, (London, Architectural Press 2007) 289pp
3. Jeremy Till, Echo City, (British Council, London 2006 ), 48pp. Catalogue of British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2006, with texts by Jeremy Till
4. Jeremy Till, Peter Blundell Jones, Doina Petrescu, eds., Architecture and Participation, (London, Routledge 2005)
Recent Book Chapters
5. Jeremy Till, ‘Please
Do Not Touch’, Afterword to Curating Architecture and the City, eds. Sarah Chaplin and Alexandra Stara (London, Routledge 2009) pp246-248
6. Jeremy Till, ‘A Happy Age (Before the Days of Architects)’, in Building Happiness, ed. Jane Wernick (London , Black Dog Publishing, 2008) pp122-129
7. Jeremy Till, ‘The Negotiation of Hope’, in Architecture and Participation, Blundell Jones, Petrescu, Till, eds., (London, Routledge 2005), pp25-44 • Translated into Polish (2007)
Recent Refereed Journal Articles
8. Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till, ‘Beyond Discourse: Notes on Spatial Agency’, Footprint, Vol 4, 2009, pp 97-111
9. Tatjana Schneider and Jeremy Till, ‘Alternate Currents’, field:, Vol 2/1, 2009, pp1-5 (whole issue based on papers from conference that we organised at Sheffield based around alternative ways of working in architectural practice)
10. Jeremy Till, ‘Architecture and Contingency’, field:, Vol 1/1, 2008, pp120-135