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Adam de Paor-Evans

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

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Victoria Building, VB138

Adam Evans is a cultural theorist and leads the development of critical and cultural context across the school. He also oversees and coordinates the school’s research portfolio. His research is located within the emerging arena of hip hop studies, globally, nationally and regionally, and he is interested in how the practices of hip hop impact the everyday. His ongoing work explores how hip hop can help develop and sustain spatial, material and cultural production both within and outside of its field. 

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Adam Evans has been teaching in higher education since 2001, where he began by running design studio and supervising dissertations. Since that point he has undertaken an array of teaching and scholarly activities at several UK institutions including leading undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, supervising thesis projects, convening conferences and curating performances.

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

Adam has taken part in a video with 3 other academics at UCLan who talk about their experience writing for The Conversation. They tell us about the process, the results, the impact and the benefits of writing and how it has raised their research profile.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UCLan, 2016
  • Professional Practice Certificate (RIBA Part III), South Bank University, 1999
  • MA 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

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Under his role as Principal Lecturer in Cultural Theory, Adam is Module Tutor for Research Methodologies on the MArch Architecture Programme. He also supports cultural context across design, fashion and music.

He is Research and Innovation Lead for the School of Art, Design and Fashion, and REF Unit of Assessment Lead for UoA32 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory.

He is a member of the research group UCLan Music Network.

External Engagement
  • External Examiner for FdA Interior Design, FdA Printed and Constructed Textiles, Newcastle College, NCG
  • Recording artist for B-Line Recordings
  • Delivery Partner for Hip Hop & HOPE 


de Paor-Evans, Adam (in preparation, 2019) ‘British Hip Hop: Critical Regionalism, Counter-culture and the Locale’. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) ‘Soft Tension: Reimagining urbanism and rurality through the spatio-cultural practices of hip hop’. In Stringer, B. (ed.). Rurality Re-imagined: Villagers, Farmers, Wanderers, Wild Things. CA: ORO / AR+D.

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) ‘Manchester Hip Hop: from Broken Glass to Ruf Diamonds’. In Mazierska, E. (ed.). Sounds Northern. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

de Paor-Evans, Adam (2018) ‘Appropriation: Graffiti (UK)’. In: Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World - 2nd Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing. (In Press).

Evans, Adam (2017) ‘Permanent transience: the identity crisis within representations of new urban housing’. In Hadjri, K. and Madrazo, L. (eds.), Global Dwelling: Approaches to Sustainability, Design and Participation. Southampton: WIT Press. ISBN: 978-1-78466-219-6.

Evans, Adam (2017) ‘Moving targets: practice, architecture and urban shrinkage’. In Madrazo, L. (ed.). Global Dwelling: Intertwining Research, Pedagogy and Community Participation, Barcelona: Ramon Llull University Press. ISBN: 978-84-939814-2-6.

Evans, Adam (2016) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism, contributed entries on Futurism and Robert Moses.

Evans, Adam (2014) ‘On the Origins of Hip Hop: appropriation and territorial control of urban space’. In Maudlin, D., and Vellinga, M., (eds.). Consuming Architecture. London: Routledge. ISBN-10: 041582500805:11.