Mark Dorrian

BArch (Edinburgh College of Art), DipArch PhD (Architectural Association)


University of Edinburgh


Forbes Chair in Architecture

Mark Dorrian holds the Forbes Chair in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and is

Co-Director of the art, architecture and urbanism atelier Metis. His books include (with Adrian Hawker) Metis: Urban Cartographies (2002), (with Gillian Rose) Deterritorialisations: Revisioning Landscapes and Politics (2003), (with Jane Rendell, Jonathan Hill and Murray Fraser) Critical Architecture (2007), Warszawa: Projects for the Post-Socialist City (2009), and (with Frédéric Pousin) Seeing from Above: The Aerial View in Visual Culture (2013).  Among recent articles by him are ‘The Way the World Sees London’ in A. Vidler, ed, Architecture Between Spectacle and Use (2008); ‘Transcoded Indexicality’, Log 12 (2008); ‘The Aerial Image: Vertigo, Transparency and Miniaturization’, parallax 15(4) (2009); ‘Falling Upon Warsaw: the Shadow of Stalin’s Palace of Culture’, The Journal of Architecture 15 (1) (2010); ‘On Google Earth’, New Geographies, 4 - Scales of the Earth (2011); ‘Adventure on the Vertical: Powers of Ten and the Mastery of Space by Vision’, Cabinet, 44 (2011/12); ‘Utopia on Ice: the Sunny Mountain Ski-Dome as an Allegory of the Future’, Cabinet, 47 (2012); and ‘Voice, Monstrosity and Flaying: Anish Kapoor’s Marsyas as a Silent Sound Work’, Architectural Theory Review, 17(1) (2012).  His book of collected essays, Writing on the Image: Architecture, the City and the Politics of Representation, will be published in 2014.  He is currently working on the political history of air-conditioning, and is member of the advisory board of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, where he is organizing a research theme on ‘Atmospheres and Atmospherics’: He is currently a visiting professor at Tianjin University, China, and at Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Denmark.


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