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Department of Architecture



BA (New York University), MA (University of York)

Jesus College



Postmodernity and the Emergence of the Starchitect

Aya Alphs has broad interests in architectural history and theory. She has recently been engaged in researching the sources of agency in the physical expression of architecture from the early twentieth century to present day.

Some of the topics she is currently investigating include:

1. Agency in Architectural Aesthetics
2. Architectural 'Modernism' vs.
3. Visual Media and the Representation
of Architecture
4. Rethinking the Pedagogy of
Architectural History
5. Political Ambiguity and Architectural
Icons in the Twentieth to Twenty-First
6. Politics of Power: The Justification of
Architecture through Theoretical

The primary aim of her doctoral research is to draw connections between the postmodern theoretical discourse of the 1970s and the contemporary phenomenon of the starchitect. She is particularly interested in understanding the extent to which American ideology influenced British architectural practice following shifts in governmental organisation and policy in the 1970s and 1980s. The development of Canary Wharf, London, will be used as a case study.

Aya currently serves as an editor for Scroope: The Cambridge Journal of Architecture and is actively engaged in organising interdisciplinary seminars and conferences in Cambridge and abroad. She welcomes work on collaborative projects with people who have similar research interests.

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 332 989
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 332 960

Completion Date
September 2014
Nick Bullock
Not available for consultancy