Mr Jonathan Mosley

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  • Qualifications:BA Hons Dip Arch PGCert HE PGCert (RIBA Part3) FHEA RWA
  • Position:Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 83508

About me

Jonathan Mosley is Associate Professor of Architecture and Experimental Practice and a practising conceptual artist/architect. He leads Design Research within the PhD and Master of Architecture programmes, contributes to Document and Location research cluster, Digital Cultures Research Centre and is a theme leader for 'Place & Society' within Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research. Jonathan specializes in the interface between architecture, art and more recently psycho-social studies. He is a co-founder of research initiative Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability [] and member of ARENA network []. He has presented his work internationally and most recently at New European Bauhaus (2022) and Korean Pavilion of Venice Biennial (2021).

Jonathan's work explores the affect of architecture on its occupants. His work employs experimental research and practice-based methods.  Collaborating with artist Sophie Warren [], projects either explore existing urban and architectural spaces or generate new spaces as settings for physical or imaginary occupation. Within them the coded forms of architecture and its rules, roles and territories are de-stabilised and new modes of occupation and architectural design are tested. The collaboration works closely with participants and produces spaces that allow for negotiation and improvisation by their inhabitants. The work considers the dynamics and interdependencies of bodies, objects, mediated presences and architecture, creating environments that are discursive, playful and rogue.

Their projects have been commissioned by museums, galleries and research organisations internationally, including: 'Days of Action' series of events exploring collective movement and sonic action within the circulatory spaces of Tate Modern, London (2018); 'A Nodding Acquaintance' performative setting responding to the architecture of Peter and Alison Smithson for Edge Arts, Bath (2017); Institute Fran├žais 2016 artist laureates for residency at the French Communist Party Headquarters in Paris designed by Oscar Niemeyer;  'Rogue Game' (with Can Altay) a series of hybrid game settings forming solo exhibitions at Firstsite, Colchester (2015), Spike Island, Bristol (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011) and solo event at Showroom, London (2010); event series 'Utopian talk-show line-up' (2012-14) at Moderna Museet, Malmo, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul; 'Doing Things Separately Together' mapping project examining co-occupation of urban space at Arnolfini, Bristol (2014); publication 'Beyond Utopia' (Berlin: Errant Bodies Press, 2012) presenting the screenplay of a provocative planning application for an imaginary architectural vertical common for the City of London. 

The collaboration has been extensively published and won awards from Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, British Council, Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and Institute Fran├žais. Sophie and Jonathan are the first collaborative Royal West of England Academicians.

Jonathan supervises and examines practice-based PhDs within the broad subject areas: design and occupation of space; experimental methodologies within spatial design processes; space and mediation.

Area of expertise

- Design research and practice-led research methodologies.

- Collaboration and trans-disciplinarity across art and architecture.

- Conceptual and architectural frameworks that engender participation in creative and discursive activity.

- Utopian thinking as a critical / speculative architectural tool.

- Scripted space and the planning, non-planning and multi-programming of 'public' and institutional architectural and urban space.


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