Chris French

MA(Hons), MArch, PhD Architecture by Design

Chris is a Teaching Fellow in Architectural Design at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught architectural design and theory at the University since 2009, and is currently leader of an MArch studio entitled City Fragments: Palermo Institutions. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh MArch with Distinction in 2009 (Warszawa: Projects for the Post-Socialist City), and received his PhD Architecture by Design (Designs for (the failure of) Institution: A Rake’s Progress, an eccentric chest, banking and Edinburgh) from the University of Edinburgh in 2015, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has worked in practice with Simpson and Brown Architects and Kalm Architecture in Edinburgh and MMasA Arquitectos in A Coruña, Spain, and has worked with various collaborators on independent design projects and competitions. Chris has also acted as an invited critic at the AA School, Newcastle University, and the University of Sassari.


Chris co-organised and chaired the symposium Plenitude and Emptiness, and co-founded the architectural design research journal Drawing On. His current research concerns the architectural exhibition as a means of investigation and speculation, framed through questions of the fragment, and research conducted in collaboration with Dr Maria Mitsoula into the relationships of cities to landscapes, the imaginary and the absurd through Albert Camus and Vilém Flusser.





Designs for (the Failure of) Institution: A Rake’s Progress, an eccentric chest, banking and Edinburgh.

PhD Architecture by Design Dissertation, University of Edinburgh (2015).


Re-calibrated Urbanism: Shifting Silt to bridge the banks of the Vistula.

MArch Thesis Project, University of Edinburgh (2009).


MA (Hons) Architecture, University of Edinburgh (2007).

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