Dr Helen Runting

Research Fellow in Architectural Theories and Critical Design Practices


Helen Rix Runting is an architectural theorist (PhD. Arch.), urban planner (B. UPD), and urban designer (PG Dip. UD, MSc. UPD). Her work insists that another world is possible, and that an affirmative biopolitics - wherein bodies, minds, and environments are set in mutually supportive relation - is achievable. Drawing on critical theory and feminist scholarship, as well as an ongoing engagement with the politics of architecture under late capitalism, Helen writes critique, essays, and analyses of our shared architectural present. Deploying artistic and practice-based research methods in architecture, she also contributes to design competitions, architectural commissions, exhibitions, installations, publications, and performances, reviews, and teaching. Her current research interests include the politics of the image and practices of commercial visualization, the production of real estate as an ideal and form, and the megaproject as an emancipatory proposition. She is a founding partner in the Stockholm-based architecture office Secretary.

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Architecture Urban Design Urban Planning

Research directions

Architectural and Urban Past Cultural and Sustainable Landscapes Data and Value Design and Creative Research Future Cities Healthy Communities and Infrastructure

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