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Professor François Penz Dip Arch PhD

Professor François Penz, Dip Arch PhD

Professor of Architecture and the Moving Image

Fellow of Darwin College

Director of Studies for Darwin College, Emmanuel College and Hughes Hall

Office Phone: 01223 330572



I study the history of the relationship between Cinema and Architecture in order  to inform contemporary digital moving practice with a view to propose new modes of communication in architectural and urban issues.


I currently supervise five PhD students working in the field of digitality, design and communications, architecture and the moving image. I teach an undergraduate lecture course in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year on The Culture of Images.  I also give a series of seminars for the MAUS and MAUD MPhil courses on Urban Cinematics.

I am one of the core teachers in the University  interdisciplinary MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures [based in MML]. 


I am the Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies

Research Interests

My latest film involvement was about reconstructing a lost church in Florence, part of the Visions of Paradise exhibition at the National Gallery [showing until end of March 2016]: