Our experts Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research (AVATAR) Laboratory

Nic Clear

Nic Clear is a qualified architect and head of architecture and landscape at the School of Architecture, Design & Construction. Nic joined the University of Greenwich in 2011 having taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture for over 20 years, where he was programme director of MArch Architecture. He was also history and theory co-ordinator of the Masters in Architectural Design, and has taught in the UK, Europe, US and Canada.

Nic ran his own company, Clear Space, for many years before setting up the now-defunct General Lighting and Power whose work spanned pop promos, architecture, advertising campaigns and art installations. Having abandoned the 'corporate architectural complex', Nic now divides his time between teaching, writing fiction, performing, and making his own drawings and films.

Nic has been at the forefront of the use of the moving image in architecture and architectural education for over 15 years, developing skills and techniques in the production of a wide variety of projects from documentary programmes to highly speculative 'virtual' conceptions of space.

He has lectured widely on the use of video and animation in architectural practice, particularly at postgraduate level, and has run international workshops designed to explain the techniques and methodologies used in designing with and representing architectural ideas through the moving image

The work Nic has developed is unique within architecture and architectural education due to the way film, video, animation and motion graphics are utilised to generate, develop and represent architectural and spatial practices. This work has an extensive reputation and has been shown at international film festivals across Europe, Asia and the US.

Neil Spiller

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.

Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research (AVATAR) Laboratory is part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, University of Greenwich.