Professor Hélène Frichot
Director, Bachelor of Design
Professor of Architecture and Philosophy
Architectural theorist and philosopher, writer and critic, Hélène Frichot is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, and Director of the Bachelor of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia. She is Guest Professor and the former Director of Critical Studies in Architecture, as well as Professor of Critical Studies and Gender Theory, in the School of Architecture, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) Stockholm, Sweden, where she was based between 2012-2019.
Drawing on the two disciplines in which she is trained, architecture and philosophy, her research engages a transdisciplinary field by experimenting with feminist theories and practices, specifically drawing on new materialism and the post-humanities. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Swedish sabbatical grant, outcomes of which included Creative Ecologies: Theorizing the Practice of Architecture (Bloomsbury 2018), and with Isabelle Doucet, a special edition of ATR (Architectural Theory Review), Resist, Reclaim, Speculate: Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City, 2018.
She was an editor and the project leader on the double volume Architecture in Effect (Actar 2019), gathering research emerging from a FORMAS Swedish Research Council funded Strong Research Environment of the same name. With Catharina Gabrielsson she participated on the Vetenskapsrådet Swedish Research Council grant, Transversal Writing, one writing experiment of which was recently published with the TU Delft journal Writingplace (2019). She is the author of How to Make Yourself a Feminist Design Power Tool (AADR 2016), and Dirty Theory: Troubling Architecture (AADR 2019) and editor on a number of publications. She is on the steering group of the AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association) based in the UK.