Neil Spiller

Professor Neil Spiller BA Hons, DipArch

Neil Spiller

Professor Neil Spiller
BA Hons, DipArch

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor; Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory

Department of Architecture & Landscape

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Professor Neil Spiller joined the University of Greenwich in September 2010. He is Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory; founding director of the Advanced Virtual & Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR); a unit tutor for Unit 19 of the Diploma Architecture programme; and a practising architect.

Previous positions and roles

  • Graduate Director of Design, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (2004-2010)
  • Director, Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (2004-2010)
  • Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL (2004-2010)
  • Director MArch AVATAR (Architectural Design), Bartlett School of the Built Environment, UCL (2004-2010)
  • Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL (2001-2010)

Published works

  • Co-editor, AD Architects in Cyberspace (1995)
  • Guest editor, AD Integrating Architecture (1996)
  • Author, Digital Dreams – Architecture and the New Alchemic Technologies (1998)
  • Guest editor, AD Architects in Cyberspace II (1998)
  • Co-editor, with Sir Peter Cook, of The Power of Contemporary Architecture (1999)
  • Monograph, Maverick Deviations, published by Wiley (2000)
  • Lost Architecture –architectural projects of the last two decades of the 20th century – published by Wiley (2001)
  • Guest editor, AD Young Blood (2001)
  • Co-editor, Paradox of Contemporary Architecture (2001)
  • Editor, Cyberreader, for Phaidon (2002)
  • Guest editor, AD Reflexive Architecture (2002)
  • Visionary Architecture – Blueprints of the Modern Imagination, published by Thames and Hudson (2006)
  • Digital Architecture NOW, a compendium of contemporary digital architectural practice, published by Thames and Hudson (2008)
  • Editor, Design Ecologies Journal (2010–11)
  • Co-editor, Protocell Architecture AD, published by Wiley (2011)
  • Writing a book, Convulsive Beauty and Surrealist Architecture, Past, Present and Future, for Thames and Hudson (2013)

He is also a former editor of Building Design Interactive magazine, and was one of the ten international critics featured in the Phaidon book 10x10. His articles, entitled Spiller’s Bits, appeared in every AD Magazine from January 2008 to January 2010, and his articles and design work have been published in every major design and architecture magazine worldwide.

  • Senior Strategic Lead in Research and Enterprise Partnerships
  • University Portfolio: Arts Engagement
  • Hawksmoor Chair of Architecture & Landscape
  • Judge, AIA UK (American Institute of Architects) Excellence in Design Awards (2013)
  • Consultant on architecture and urban design issues in relation to hybrid car technology: Lexus. Other consultants included Sir Bob Geldof (2007)
  • Judge, Built Environment Future Foundation, Architectural Computer Aided Design Competition (2007)
  • Vice Chairman of Judges, Mind 21 Competition, Graz, Austria (2006)
  • Advisor on architectural poetics, North America Institute for Contemporary Poetics, McGill University (Elected 2002)
  • John and Magda McHale Research Fellow, University at Buffalo–State University of New York. USA.
  • Chairman of Judges,Student Architect Artists Exhibition at Royal Institute of British Architects (2000)
  • Judge, Royal Institute of British Architects Awards for Best Computer Aided Design Imaging (1998)
  • Judge, Building Design Magazine’s Awards for Best Computer Aided Design application in Architectural Practice (1997)
  • Green Book Award, University of Central England, for Architectural Works (1992)
  • Presidents’ Silver Medal Nominee, Royal Institute of British Architects, London (1987)
  • Professional adviser to the University of Cyprus School of Architecture on staff appointments and school strategy (2010)
  • Board Member, New Frontiers Foundation (2009)
  • Peer Review Assessor (2009-2013), AHRC Peer Review College
  • External assessor on behalf of Open University for Revalidation of Architectural

Professor Spiller’s research interests include:

  • The impact of advanced technology on architectural design
  • The importance of surrealist conceptions of space in helping understand and design within our contemporary environment
  • Soft and wet architectural technologies
  • The history of visionary architecture
  • The history of the assimilation of virtuality into architecture

Funded research projects

Professor Spiller’s work is by scholarship and has not in the past been dependent on grants. However, he has received small grants totalling £16,000 from the Architecture Research Fund at the Bartlett and the UCL Graduate School and US$30,000 from the John and Magda McHale Fellowship. AVATAR Group members have also received numerous grants and research scholarships.

Areas of future research

  • Blistering Romance – Surrealist architecture; then and now
  • Communicating Vessels – ongoing since 1998 – a surrealist technological island. Drawings and text.

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