Teresa Stoppani

Teresa Stoppani

Professor of Research in Architecture

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    020 7816 7279
  • School/Division:
    Built Environment and Architecture / Architecture

Professor Teresa Stoppani is an architectural theorist and critic. She has taught architectural design and theory in Italy (IUAV Venice), Australia (UTS, RMIT) and the UK (Architectural Association, Greenwich, Brighton, Leeds Beckett).

Her research interests are the relationship between architecture theory and the design process in the urban environment, and the influence on the specifically architectural of other spatial and critical practices.

Her writings are published internationally in edited books and in academic journals, and include: considerations on G.B. Piranesi’s architectural space in relation to contemporary spatial practices (in Footprint, Haecceity Papers, Journal of Architecture); explorations of the significance of dust in the works of W. Benjamin, G. Bataille and in the visual arts and media (Idea Journal, Log, Journal of Architecture); essays on the grid and the map which reconsider space as apparently measured, ordered and controlled but subject to new configurations of systematisation (47 al fondo, Angelaki, ARQ); studies on the complex relation of the project of architecture with the destructive events of war and terrorism (Space & Culture, lo Squaderno, Springer Interdisciplinary Handbook of Trauma and Culture). She is author of Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice (Routledge 2010 and 2015), editor of This Thing Called Theory (Routledge 2016) with G. Themistokleous and G. Ponzo, and author of the forthcoming Unorthodox Ways to Rethink Architecture and the City (Routledge, 2018).

Teresa is a member of the editorial board of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) journal Architectural Histories and of the Steering Group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), and a co-editor of the Journal of Architecture (RIBA/Taylor&Francis).

Professor Teresa Stoppani teaches in the BA Hons Architecture (RIBA Part 1) and Master of Architecture (RIBA Part 2) courses and in the PhD Architecture programme. She supervises MArch Dissertations and PhD in Architecture Theses.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She runs research seminars and reading seminars for students and staff, and mentors research academics in LSBU's School of The Built Environment and Architecture.

Teresa also directs an experimental interdisciplinary Architectural Design studio at undergraduate level (BA H Arch).

Urban paradigms

  • Proposes an understanding of the city and its processes beyond the reference to the urban cultural context, by drawing categories from other disciplines. It produces an open reading of the city that traverses the visual arts, art and architecture history, architecture theory, but also land surveying, cartography, film, philosophy and critical theory, to identify a series of interpretative ‘figures’ that are ambiguously placed between the representation and the construction of urban space.  Publications include the journal articles ‘Scenic Chorality and Urban Space’ (2001), ‘Delirium and Historical Project’ (2003); ‘Venetian Time and the Meander’ (2008), ‘Relational Architecture: Dense voids and violent laughters’ (2015); the book chapters ‘The Reversible City: Exhibition(ism), Chorality and Tenderness in Manhattan and Venice’ (2006), ‘The Island. Considerations for the City Without Boundaries’ (2010); the books Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice. Discourses on Architecture and the City (Routledger 2010 and 2015) and Unorthodox Ways to Rethink Architecture and the City (Routledge 2018).

Critical cartographies

  • Reconsiders the map as a system of representation, but also as an intellectual and political project of space, and mapmaking as a never neutral production of space and a generative tool that generates the many possible unfoldings of the project(s). Design research workshops: Enter Venice: the cartographer’s house (Architectural Association, 2002); Mapmakers: map, architecture, painting, environment (IUAV Venice, 2003); The Orbanism Workship (Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, 2005); Antipodes: measuring the world (University of Greenwich, 2006); and ‘Maps of Getting Lost’ (Biennial of the Canaries, 2011). Publications include the edited journal ‘Antipodes/ Measuring the World’, Haecceity Papers 2/1 (2006) and the journal articles ‘Mapping. The Locus of the Project’ (2004), ‘Antípodas. Proyectos para una nueva cartografía’ (2007), ‘Eyes that see: urban trompe-l’oeil as a critical act’ (2011), and the book chapters ‘Depiction’ in The Work of Luc Deleu (2012) and ‘You are here: localizzazioni e smarrimenti cartografici’ (2012).

Graphic spaces

  • A series of works concerned with the critical representation and display of architecture and its paradigms. Includes: a critique of architectural typology and of the museum space (in collaboration with artist Lieven De Boeck); a study of the relationship between painting, architectural space and projected image; a study of the role of the grid in structuring urban and architectural space, proposing the grid as an agent of the making of space rather than as a form or as a device for representation. Journal articles: ‘Europe Research Studio’ (with L. De Boeck, 2004), ‘Grid Effects’ (2009), ‘After the First Miracle: Greenaway on “Veronese”’ (2010), ‘The Architecture of the Disaster’ (2012), ‘The Architecture of Explosive Slowness’, (2012), ‘The Fasnacht Fold’ (2016). Book chapters ‘The Undoing of the Museum. The Manual, the Architect and the Millionaire’ (2005), and ‘Material Lines: Apocalypse, Capricci, War and Other Disasters’ (2014). Catalogue essays: ‘Seven Thoughts on a Sin - Typology’ (2005), ‘Stilling Time’(2015), and ‘Demolition: The Afterdrawing of Architecture’ (2016).

The making of space in the work of G.B. Piranesi

  • In the etchings of 18th Century architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rome becomes a laboratory for a questioning of architecture. Piranesi’s works offer visions of impossible spaces that anticipate contemporary urban congestion, the blurring of boundaries and the viral and parasitic inhabitations of the contemporary city. This research studies the symptoms of modernity and Piranesi’s works are proposed as a ‘think-pad’ for contemporary architecture and theory. Publications include the journal articles ‘Voyaging in Piranesi’s Space’ (2006), ‘Translucent and fluid: Piranesi’s impossible plan’ (2007), ‘Piranesi in Ghent’ (2009), ‘The Vague, the Viral, the Parasitic: Piranesi’s Metropolis’ (2009), and the book chapter ‘Material and Critical: Piranesi’s Erasures (2013).

Architecture dust. For a redefinition of the fragment in Architecture

  • Proposes the idea of dust in relation to architecture, as a material agent of the undoing of form, an index of the disruption of social conventions of gender, privacy and domesticity, and as a critical and disruptive tool to explore what remains after the explosion of architecture’s established orders. Journal articles include ‘Dusty Stories of Woman. Notes for a Re-Definition of Dust’ (2005), ‘Dust revolutions. Dust, informe, architecture’ (2007)’, ‘Dust makings. On Walter Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk and some contemporary dusty makings in architecture’ (2007), ‘Venetian Dusts’ (2009) and ‘Dustings, vacuum cleaners, (war) machines and the disappearance of the interior’, (2012). Book chapters: ‘Antigone’s Dissident Dustings: coatings, revolutions and the circularity of dust’ (2013) and ‘Dusty, Formless and Ugly’ (forthcoming 2018).


  • Co-editor of The Journal of Architecture, RIBA/Routledge T&F.
  • Member of the editorial board of Architectural Histories, the journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN).
  • Member of the editorial board of Fuoco Amico, Journal of Architecture, Art and Landscape, Milan.


  • Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research assessment

  • Architecture research referee (Europe) for the Bogliasco Foundation, New York.
  • Research referee and assessor for the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR), Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italy, in the areas of Architectural and Urban Design, Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture.

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the steering group of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA).
  • Member of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN).
  • Member of the Architectural Association London (United Kingdom).

Guest lectures

Professor Teresa Stoppani lectures internationally on her work in architectural theory. Recent invited lectures include:

Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory Ljubljana (2017), Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (2017), University of York (2017), University of Westminster (2017), University of Amsterdam (2017), IUAV University Venice (2016), Royal Institute of Art Stockholm (2016), University of Manchester (2015), deBuren Brussels (2015), Politecnico di Torino (2015), Leeds Beckett University (2015), Iowa State University (2015), Temple University Philadelphia (2015), Architectural Association London (2015)

Guest PhD and Research seminars

Research research seminar held at: 

Politecnico di Torino Italy (2017, 2015), Architectural Association London (2017), University of Amsterdam (2017), University of Udine Italy (2016), The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm (2016), Université Libre de Bruxelles (2016), University of Technology Sydney/Drawing Matter Trust UK (2016), Villard d’Honnecourt International Doctorate in Architecture (2015), Iowa State University USA (2015), Temple University Philadelphia USA (2015), Leeds Beckett University (2015), Lund University Sweden (2014), Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (2014)

PhD Architectural Examiner

Politecnico di Torino Italy (2017), Architectural Association, London (2017, 2010, 2007), International Doctorate in Architecture Villard d’Honnecourt / IUAV University of Venice (2015), Politecnico di Milano (2014), University of Auckland, New Zealand (2012, 2009)

MA Architectural Examiner

Royal College of Art London (2016-18), University of Westminster London (2013-17). University of Lincoln (2014-16)

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