Adam de Paor-Evans

Principal Lecturer in Cultural Theory / School Lead for Research and Innovation

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Harris Building, HB318

Adam de Paor-Evans is an architectural historian and cultural theorist. He teaches history, theory and culture of architecture within the BSc and MArch Architecture programmes and also runs the MSc in Urban Design. His research is connected to issues of (sub)cultures and liminal space, multiplexity, pluralism and the subaltern, and socio-cultural spaces of otherness. He is also interested in the relationships between art, cities and spatial representation.


Full Profile

Adam de Paor-Evans has been teaching in higher education since 2001, where he began by teaching design studio and supervising dissertations. Since that point he has undertaken an array of teaching and scholarly activities at several Schools of Architecture, including leading Design Studio Units and Programmes for BA, MRes and MArch Architecture, supervising thesis projects for MRes and MPhil Architecture, and convening conferences and curating exhibitions. He is an active researcher within the field of spatio-political and socio-cultural theory and an alternative arts theorist specialising in subcultures connected to Hip Hop culture. He is presently undertaking his PhD at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar where he is interrogating the socio-spatial translations of graffiti culture.

Adam has published several articles on The Conversation, to read them please follow the links below.

  • Professional Practice Certificate (RIBA Part III), South Bank University, 1999
  • MA Architecture (Theory + Practice), Kingston University, 1998
  • Graduate Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part II), Kingston University, 1997
  • BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part I), University of Greenwich, 1994
  • 'Graffiti in Devon: acquired minority culture by choice and osmosis' at 'Urban Minorities' Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany, 13th November, 2014.
  • 'The Praxis of Graffiti Culture' at 'Exploring Ideological Translation: An Interdisciplinary Conference', University of Nottingham, UK, 11th July, 2014.
  • 'The Origins of Graffiti: From NYC to Rural Devon, a new European Identity of a Falsely Acquired History?' at 'Leverhulme International Research Network: Writing Space', Stony Brook University, NYC, USA, 12th August, 2011.
  • 'The Origins of Hip Hop: Territorial Control of Urban Space' at 'Fixed? Architecture, Incompleteness and Change', Plymouth University, UK, 10th April, 2011.
  • 'SOUND: MUSIC: ARCHITECTURE, Opportunities and Challenges in the Design Studio' at 2008 International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, USA, 7th January, 2008.
Research Activities
  • No Strings: Hitchcock, Architectural Suspense and the Production of Spatial Tension; School Research Seminar, UCLAN, November 2014.
  • Graffiti and Territorial Control; Culture, Theory, Space Research Group Seminar, Plymouth University, January 2014.
  • Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis, Structure and Music; Plymouth Architectural Trust Le Corbusier Symposium, Plymouth University, 2013
  • On the Origins of Graffiti; Culture Theory Space Research Group Seminar, Plymouth University, 2012.
    Graffiti as Spatial Representation; Guest Lecture Series, Oxford Brookes University, 2009.
External Work
  • Outside of the University, Adam Evans runs Project/CEE// Culture: Exploration: Engagement, an experimental context based studio exploring music, performance and visual arts connected with subculture. This work informs his research outputs.
  • Member of Leverhulme International Research Network
  • Member of CTS: Culture, Theory, Space National Research Network, Plymouth University
  • ‘Exe Bridges Project’ Community Graffiti-Space Project to improve the aesthetic of the exe Bridges subways, Exeter, Devon, UK. Documented interview ‘Fighting Graffiti with Graffiti’ ITV News, 8th September 2012.
  • Contributor to 'Cabinet: Changing Perceptions' exhibition, Peninsula Arts Gallery (with Design Knowledge), Plymouth, May-June, 2011.
  • Contributor to 'Beyond Text: Street Life and Street Culture', AHRC Funded Research Network, 2008-11

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Under his role as Subject Leader for History, Theory + Culture, Adam Evans is Module Tutor within the MArch Architecture Programme for Critical + Cultural Context and the Written Thesis. Within the BSc Architecture he is Module Tutor for History + Theory for first and second year.

He is also Programme Leader for the new MSc Urban Design Programme, which will launch in September 2015.

Pastorally, he is Personal Tutor for the MArch Year 5 Students, and coordinator for the Erasmus Exchange Programme.