Jane Rendell is a writer, art critic and architectural historian/theorist/designer, whose work explores interdisciplinary intersections between architecture, art, feminism and psychoanalysis. Her authored books include Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and she is currently working on a new book on transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis. She is co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995) and is Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, UCL. http://www.janerendell.co.uk/
She is on the Editorial Board for Ultime Thule: Journal of Architectural Imagination, Architectural Theory Review, ARQ (Architectural Research Quarterly), Haecceity, The Happy Hypocrite, The Issues and the Journal of Visual Culture in Britain. She was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2004–2008) and chair of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research (2005–2007). In 2006 she was a research fellow at CRASSH (Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) at the University of Cambridge and received an honorary degree from the University College of the Creative Arts. In 2008 she was awarded Research Leave from the AHRC to complete her site-writing book, which received a commendation in the 2011 RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding University-located Research.
The first of the theory of architecture conference series ARCHTHEO has been held in 2011 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University focusing on the possibility of the theory without the backing of the practice or built environment. The title was, therefore, "Theory for the Sake of the Theory" in an emphatic fashion. In 2012, the discussion centered on the Living and space, the main has been chosen as "House&Home' in particular. Last year's event focused on the two leading roles in architecture, the architect and the so-called 'user' and 'Creativity, Autonomy and Function' has proved to be fruitful discussion theme.
Since 2011, a total of 245 presentations by scholars from different places of the world has been hosted by ARCHTHEO Conferences and three proceedings and a book of selected papers has been published.
VI. of the ARCHTHEO Conference Series will concentrate on the relationship of 'Architecture and Text' as an internal part of architectural theory.
Texts, criticism, historiography, fictional spaces, case studies and multidisciplinary studies are going to be the focus points of the conference. ARCHTHEO '14 will be held on November 6-8, 2014 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
Equal consideration will be given to papers from any topic listed in the "THEMES" page.
All talks will be given 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Abstracts will also be considered for a poster session and for virtual presentations.
Abstracts should be around 300-500 words, with one extra page allowed for images, data, and/or references. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair with no identifying information of the presenter in the document. Invitation letters for the conference will be sent to authors upon evaluation of the submitted abstracts, which should take two weeks after the noted deadline for the abstract submission
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ARCHTHEO Conference was convened under the title “Theory for the Sake of the Theory” on 2011 and under the title “House & Home” on the year 2012. The conference gained a special place within the theory of architecture thanks to valuable presentations by over 250 academicians.
ARCHTHEO ’13 sets sail for new discussions under the title of “Creativity, Autonomy and Function”. The question whether the architectural creativity depends on an independent aesthetical productivity or on an engineer-like problem solving approach, still holds today.