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Dr. Cameron McEwan

Lecturer in Architecture

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Harris Building, HB231

+44 (0) 1772 89 3181

cmcewan4@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Architecture

Cameron McEwan is an educator and researcher at UCLan Institute of Architecture and a Trustee of the AE Foundation. Cameron’s research engages the city as a critical project and published in Drawing On, JAE, Lo Squaderno, MONU, the Venice Biennale, and elsewhere. He is writing a book entitled Analogical City.

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Cameron McEwan is an educator and researcher. His work focuses on the relationship between architecture, representation and subjectivity to engage the city as a critical project. Cameron teaches architectural design, history and theory at the Institute of Architecture, University of Central Lancashire, and is a Trustee of the AE Foundation, an independent research institute for architecture and education. Cameron holds his Masters in Architecture with distinction from Dundee School of Architecture and obtained his PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from the Geddes Institute for Urban Research, University of Dundee, with a thesis on Aldo Rossi and the Analogical City. Cameron has taught and led design studio and history and theory at all levels at institutions including: UCLan Institute of Architecture where he is Year 2 Studio Leader and History & Theory coordinator; Dundee School of Architecture, where he co-led the Rooms+Cities MArch Unit with Lorens Holm; Edinburgh Napier University School of Arts; University of Dundee School of Planning; Wuhan School of Architecture, China; and Hong Kong VTC. Cameron’s texts and drawings are published internationally in journals and venues including: Drawing On, Drawing:RTP, InVisible Culture, Journal of Architectural Education, Lo Squaderno, MONU, Urban Blur, Outsiders for the 2014 ‘Fundamentals’ Venice Biennale, Edinburgh Royal Scottish Academy, The Lighthouse Glasgow and elsewhere. He is presently writing a book entitled Analogical City.

Qualifications

2009-14. PhD in History and Theory of Architecture, Geddes Institute for Urban Research, University of Dundee
Thesis title: The Architecture of Analogy: An Inquiry into Aldo Rossi’s Theory of the City, the Discipline, the Type, and the Analogue.
Supervised by Dr. Lorens Holm and Professor Graeme Hutton

2008-09. MArch with Distinction, School of Architecture, University of Dundee
Thesis title: Analogical Dundee

2007-08. BA with Honours, School of Architecture, University of Dundee

2003-06. BSc with Distinction, School of Architecture, University of Dundee

Research

Cameron’s research focuses on the relationship between architecture, representation and subjectivity to engage the city as a critical project. The primary methods of inquiry are close-readings of architectural, political and philosophic texts; and close-readings of urban plans, drawings and projects, toward theoretical design approaches and a reflection on the urban imagination, the transformation of how we think about our relationship to the city and to the world, and how we construct spaces for thought and forms for life.

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2018. Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) Research Grant

2018. Educate North Awards International Education Course of the Year
As part of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies Team at Hong Kong-UCLan.

2016. Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association Excellence Awards

2015. University of Edinburgh and Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) Research Development Fund

2009-2014. University of Dundee Geddes Institute for Urban Research PhD Fee Waive

2010. Selected for Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries Award for Architecture

2006. RIAS Drawing Award

External Affiliations and Roles

Advisory Board Member

  • 2019. Architecture & Collective Life: Figures, Forms, Densities.
    16th Annual AHRA International Conference, University of Dundee, November 21–23, 2019
  • From 2014. Foundation for Architecture & Education (AE Foundation)

Invited Critic

  • Dundee School of Architecture
  • Manchester School of Architecture (MMU)
  • Strathclyde School of Architecture
  • 2016: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
  • 2014-16: Aberdeen Scott Sutherland School of Architecture

Peer Reviewer

  • Radical Housing Journal
  • Arts Journal. MDPI, Switzerland
  • Architectural Histories. Journal of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN)
  • 2011. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal

Memberships

  • From 2018. Member of Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) Member No. 121642
  • From 2018. Member of Architectural Association, AA Member No. 72598
  • From 2018. Associate Member of RIBA. Membership No. 11308066
  • From 2017. Member of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN)
  • From 2015. Trustee of the Foundation for Architecture & Education (AE Foundation)
  • 2011-15. Associate of the Foundation for Architecture & Education (AE Foundation)
  • From 2011. Member of Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
  • From 2011. Member of Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Membership No. 1114
  • 2003-09. Student Member of RIBA. Membership No. 11308066
  • 2003-09. Student Member of RIAS. Membership No. 8503

Teaching Activities

Cameron is Year 2 Studio Leader, Module Leader for Year 3 Architectural History and Theory, and Module Leader for Critical and Contextual Studies on the MArch Programme.

Cameron is a PhD Supervisor in Architecture and welcomes expressions of interest for PhD supervision by applicants who are interested in pursuing the intersection between architecture, urbanism, history and theory, political and philosophical practices. He is particularly interested in PhD by Design proposals.

External Activities

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES

2017. rooms+cities: Toward an Analogical Urbanism. University of Dundee, School Research Forum.

2015. Aldo Rossi’s Analogical City as a Model of Alterity: Multitude and the City as Locus. ESALA, University of Edinburgh for Architecture of Alterity.

2015. The Artefact and the Analogue: Aldo Rossi’s Theory of the City. University of Dundee for The City is a Thinking Machine.

2012. After Architect Aldo Rossi. Love Studios, Perth for The Paper Gentlemen.

2011. Project Context: Drawing by Hand – Drawing by Computer. The Mill, Walthamstow, London, 26 September - 1 October.

2011. Whatever Happened to Analogue Architecture? IUAV, University of Venice for International Conference The Architecture of the City on Aldo Rossi.

2010. Analogical Dundee. Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition.

Publications

Selected Essays, Articles and Papers

2020. Analogical City, Barcelona: dpr-barcelona. In preparation.

2018. Accounts: Lectures, Discussions, Interviews, Edinburgh: AE Foundation. Forthcoming.

2018. ‘Rooms+Cities: Narrating an Analogical Urbanism’, MONU, No. 29 On Narrative Urbanism, 38-43.

2018 ‘Linguistic Surface: The City is the Locus of the Multitude’, Lo Squaderno, No. 48 Surfaces and Materials, 13-16.

2018. ‘Drawing the City – Writing the City: The Analogue as a Linguistic Form’, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, Volume 3, No. 1 Drawing on Text, 29-45.

2018. ‘The Analogue as a Critical Project’, Journal of Architectural Education, Issue 72:1 Project, 44-45.

2018. ‘The Analogical Surface: City, Drawing, Form, Thought’, Drawing On: Journal of Architecture Research by Design, No. 2 Surface and Installation, 18-31.

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