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I am a Professor and Head of Division for Architecture at LSBU. I am an architect and academic with over 25 years experience of working in a university (including architecture practice) gained in the UK (London, Oxford and Plymouth), China (Suzhou), Germany (Münster) and Australia (Brisbane and Melbourne).

My three key areas of research are 1) the social production of architecture; 2) architecture and media (focusing on publishing and filmmaking) and; 3) architectural labour, neoliberalism and sustainable ecologies. I study architecture from transdisciplinary perspectives to determine the conditions in which architecture is, and architects are, socially, culturally and economically produced. My books include: 'The Politics of Making' (2017/2007); 'Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture' (2017); 'Architecture Filmmaking' (2019); 'Visual Research Methods in Architecture' (2021); and 'Spaces of Tolerance' (2021), and ‘Work-life Balance in Architecture’(due out soon).

I am Chair of WIA (Women in Architecture) UK, was a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand (SAHANZ), and Chair of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA. I remain an AHRA Steering group member. In AHRA, I initiated and founded the inter-disciplinary award-winning journal, 'Architecture and Culture' for which I have been editor-in-chief since 2013. I have given invited keynote addresses and lectures in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Copenhagen, Karlsruhe, Melbourne and have been interviewed on radio.

Throughout my academic life I have supervised 100s of dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and some have won awards. I am a supervisor of PhDs and PhDs by Design and have supervised PhDs to completion, so I welcome potential PhD students reaching out to me. I have examined PhDs in Ireland, Australia, Portugal and the UK. I am an External Examiner at the University of Westminster and have examined Part 2 courses at the University of Sheffield, and Birmingham School of Architecture. I was an invited juror for The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A) (Dissertation) prize and was recipient of a Research Excellence Award in 2017.

In 1996, I became a registered architect in Australia. In 2008, I cofounded Original Field of Architecture (OFA) in Oxford with my husband, Andrew Dawson. I began co-teaching studios with Andrew Dawson in 1998. We have two children, Lola and Valentino.

Courses taught

Architect Apprenticeship (Architecture MArch)

Architecture - MArch

Architecture - PhD

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Mr Amirali KalantariDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Miss Andrea Martina TiberiDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Spyridon KaprinisArchitectural Anatopism: From Deep Typology to Flexible MachinePhD
Andrea TiberiPhD
Doctor of Philosophy

The Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Bachelor of Architecture with Hons (1st) - Part 2 equivalent

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Bachelor of Applied Science - Majoring in Architecture

The Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Professor and Subject Lead of Architecture/Assoc. Head of School for Research (Interim)
University of Plymouth

Dean of International Affairs and Professor of Architecture, Architecture
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Senior Lecturer in Architecture
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

Visiting Lecturer, Cultural & Historical Studies (CHS)
Royal College of Art, London

Lecturer in Architecture
University of Queensland, Australia

Associate Lecturer in Architecture
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

FunderYear wonProjectRole
Landscape Research Group2023Landscape Research Group Co-Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
SITE: CARE (Critical Approaches to Recording and Evaluation)Recording full site valuePrincipal InvestigatorCOST (European Co Operation in Science and Technology)OPEN Approved for submissionOct 2023
Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
Women in Architecture (WIA) UK
The Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCOSA)
European Architecture History Network (EAHN)
WIA (Women In Architecture) UK
Architecture and Culture


Not a One-Size-Fits-All Architectural Education
Troiani, I. (2023). Not a One-Size-Fits-All Architectural Education . in: Inclusion Emergency: Diversity in Architecture Riba Publishing.

Work-life Balance in Architecture
Troiani, I. (2024). Work-life Balance in Architecture. London Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

The Elephant in the Room: How neoliberal architecture education undermines wellbeing
Troiani, I. (2021). The Elephant in the Room: How neoliberal architecture education undermines wellbeing. Charrette AAE. 7 (2), pp. 11-35.

Tolerance in the Peer Review of Interdisciplinary Research in Architectural Journal Publishing
Troiani, I. and Ewing, S. (2019). Tolerance in the Peer Review of Interdisciplinary Research in Architectural Journal Publishing. Architecture and Culture. 7 (1), pp. 13-30.

Academic capitalism in architecture schools: A feminist critique of employability, 24/7 work and entrepreneurship
Troiani, I. (2017). Academic capitalism in architecture schools: A feminist critique of employability, 24/7 work and entrepreneurship. in: Frichot, H., Gabrielsson, C. and Runting, H. (ed.) Architecture and Feminisms London

Introduction: Transdisciplinary Urbanism and culture
Zaman, Q.M. and Troiani, I. (2017). Introduction: Transdisciplinary Urbanism and culture. in: Springer.