Tatjana Schneider
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MArch, PhD

Having studied architecture in Germany and Scotland, I joined the School of Architecture in Sheffield in 2004. I have worked in architectural practice in Germany, was a founder member of the workers cooperative Glasgow Letters on Architecture and Space (G.L.A.S.) and the Sheffield-based research centre AGENCY.

Administrative Roles

I am currently Director of PhD Programmes. In this capacity, I am responsible for the School of Architecture’s 85-strong cohort of PhD students in aspects ranging from progression to support. I also hold workshops and provide guidance for all academic staff involved in PhD student supervision.

Teaching Activities

I am module leader for the 2nd Year lecture course ‘Issues in Contemporary Architecture’ (ARC204/205), supervise special studies (ARC322), MArch Dissertations (ARC556/566), and PGT Thesis Projects (ARC6988). I mentor Live Projects (ARC552/562) and have co-organised the Theory Forum (ARC553) in 2007 (Alternate Currents, with J Till), 2008 (Agency, with AGENCY), 2009 (Ecology, with AGENCY) and 2012 (Urban Blind Spots, with F Kossak and S Walker). I also supervise PhD theses.

In the past, I have taught Design Studio (ARC550/551/560/561): Softspace (2005/6, with J Till), Conisborough (2006/7, with Prue Chiles), Softpraxis (2007/8, with J Till), and HousingPLUS (2008/9 and 2009/10, with C Cerulli).

Research Interests

My work is concerned with the social and economic mechanisms behind the production of the space. I am interested in an understanding of architecture as a collaborative, empowering and essentially political discipline. This focus takes various expressions: sometimes, it is formulated either visually or in written form as critique against normative intellectual and pedagogical tendencies; in other instances, it is expressed through direct spatial interventions; and, occasionally, it takes activist dimensions.

The main funded research projects I’ve been working on over the past years include ‘Flexible Housing’ (with J Till), ‘Spatial Agency’ (with J Till and N Awan) and ‘Right to Build’ (with A Parvin, D Saxby of 00:/ architecture and C Cerulli).

I’m happy to supervise students on topics such as production and political economy of the built environment; reframing of architectural practice; spatial agency; alternative praxis; alternative histories of the production of space; social appropriation of space; collaboration.

Grants, Awards, & Consultancy

A Right to Build - RIBA Award: Practice based Research (with A Parvin, D Saxby of 00:/ architecture and C Cerulli), 2012

Spatial Agency - RIBA Award: Outstanding University-located Research (with J Till), 2011

Flexible Housing - RIBA Award: Outstanding University-located Research (with J Till), 2007

G.L.A.S. - Scottish Executive and The Lighthouse: National Achievement Award (with G.L.A.S.), 2004

GRANTS, consultancy and knowledge transfer projects
TUoS: Research Futures 2022, Proof of Concept. STEMCURE. £20,000 (with C Lewis, A Chantry, A Lavda and G Brown)

TUoS: Strategic Development Fund / On CampUS Placements. £736
TUoS: Faculty RESEARCH Fund. MEANS TO BUILD. £2,400 (with C Cerulli)

Citta di Venezia. PARTICIPATORY STUDY FOR ST GIOBBE. €20,000 (with C Cerulli and F Kossak and Fram_menti)

IUAV. WAVE 11. €5,000 (with AGENCY and Frammenti)

TUoS: Research Stimulation Fund. DESIGN ARCHIVES. £1,200

TUoS: Faculty research fellowship / teaching buy-out. AFFORDANCES OF THE TERRACED HOUSE. £6,137.

TUoS: RRKT. £10,000 (Partner organisation: RIBA and South Essex Homes; RAs: M Bax and S Considine)

TUoS: RRKT. £9,764 (Partner organisation: 00://, RA: A Parvin) (with C Cerulli)

TUoS: RRKT. £7,331 (Partner organisation: St. Luke’s Healthy Living Centre in Southend-on-Sea; RAs: M Bax and S Considine)

TUoS: RRKT. £9,387 (Partner organisation: CABE; RAs: M Bax, S Considine and A Towle)

EC: Culture 2007. RHYZOM. €46,500 {Total Grant €380,000} (with AGENCY)

TUoS: IBL Grant Cilass. £4,070 (with C Cerulli)

EC: Culture 2000. PEPRAV. €22,000 {Total Grant €190,000} (with F Kossak and D Petrescu)

AHRC: Standard Grant. ALTERNATIVE ARCHITECTURAL PRAXIS £189,452, AHRC (with J. Till)

RIBA: Research Grant. ARTS TOWER. £7,500

Scottish Executive: The Lighthouse Innovation Fund. ON THE EDGE. £5,000 (with G.L.A.S.)

Kulturstiftung des Bundes. SPACES OF LABOUR. £7,000 (with G.L.A.S.)

British Council. UNSER BERLIN. £8,000 (with G.L.A.S.)

Scottish Arts Council. URBAN CABARET. £8,675 (with G.L.A.S.)

Research Students & Assistants

V Hale – MEANS TO BUILD; M Dale-Collen – On Campus Placement


External (completed)
L Harboe, ‘Contemporary Architecture and Social Engagement. Ethics as a generator of architectural working strategies’, AHO (Oslo, Norway), Co-supervisor (2007-2011).

Internal (1st supervisor)
K Paramiti. Tactics and strategies for spatial interventions (from 2013)
R Santos. Post-growth architecture (from 2013)
Y Ali. The politics of urban development (since 2012)

Internal (2nd supervisor)
F Molki. New paradigms for Iranian housing.
M Van Elk. The role of architects in neighbourhood plans (since 2011)
C Fraser. ‘Space of Protest’ (since 2011)

Professional Standing & Distinctions

Close, Closer, Triennale, Lisbon (with N Awan and J Till); Social Design / Public Action – International Symposium, Vienna; 3rd International Architectural Education Summit Berlin; Harbin Institute of Technology.

Since 2005 (selection)
Re-industrialisation Conference, Plymouth University; INDESEM 13, Technical University Delft; Plymouth University; ISCTE /
FCSH-UNL, Lisbon; RIAI and Arts Council Ireland, Dublin; 2nd Informality conference – UMICH and University of Cambridge, Morelia, Mexico; Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC); KTH, Stockholm; Oxford Architectural Society; Wonderland symposium, Vienna; IUAV, Venice; KTH, Stockholm; Qui è Ora: Spazio e tempo Pubblici – Turin; UCL, London; The politics of space’, Ljubljana; RIBA Yorkshire Conference, Leeds; RMIT, Melbourne; Manchester University; Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC); Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo, Norway; Ecobuild London; RIBA Research Symposium ‘Changing Practices’, London; Nottingham University; Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria; Bauhaus Universität Weimar; Österreichische Gesellschaft für Architektur (OeGfA), Wien; Project Space - Kunsthalle Wien; 2nd Camp for Oppositional Architecture, Utrecht; European Network for Housing Research, Reykjavik; OSA, Oslo; Manifesta, Liverpool; Glasgow University; Protoacademy, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh; Architecture Foundation and London Borough of Camden, London; Bauhaus, Dessau; Popular Education Forum,

Plymouth University, MRes (2013-); Manchester School of Architecture (2012); KTH Stockholm, Critical Studies Course
(2012/11); Berlage Institute, Rotterdam (2008); Scottish Schools of Architecture (2007)

www.spatialagency.net is the accompanying website to the research project Alternative Architectural Praxis / Spatial Agency

www.afewthoughts.co.uk/flexiblehousing/ is the accompanying website to the research project Flexible Housing (live since 2006)

Urban Blind Spots, 2012 (TUoS), with F Kossak and S Walker

Changing Practices, 2009 (RIBA, London), with J Till: 250 delegates from practice, policy, government agencies, NGOs as well as academia

Agency, 2008 (TUoS, 5th International AHRA conference), with AGENCY): major international academic conference with 70 delegates and 120 UK based students

Alternate Currents, 2007 (TUoS), with J Till: 40 academic delegates and participants from all over the world including Brazil, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Germany as well as 120 students from the UK

Flexible Housing, 2007 (The Building Centre, London), with J Till: Attended by ca. 100 housing practitioners

Live Projects and Alternative Ways of Practice, 2006 (Vestry Hall Community Centre, Sheffield), with F Kossak, D Petrescu, IYO and PEPRAV: 40 participants

Flexible Housing, 2005 (TUoS), with J Till: ca. 100 delegates from academia, government agencies and housing developers (private and public)

MERC, field:, footprint; Journal of Housing Studies; Building Research & Information (BRI); Charette; Nordic Journal of Architecture; Ashgate and Routledge Publishers.


Awan, N., Schneider, T. and J. Till (2011). Spatial Agency. London: Routledge.

Parvin, A., Saxby, D., Cerulli, C. and T. Schneider (2011). A Right to Build. The next masshousebuilding industry. London: 00:/.

Cerulli, C., Schneider, T. and A. Towle (eds) (2011). Come collaborate with me. Sheffield: PAR.

Kossak, F., Petrescu, D., Schneider, T., Tyszczuk, R. and S. Walker (eds) (2009). Agency – Working with uncertain architectures. London: Routledge.

Schneider, T. (2008). This building should have some sort of distinctive shape. The story of the Arts Tower in Sheffield. Sheffield: PAR.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2007). Flexible Housing. London: Architectural Press.

Kossak, F., Petrescu, D., Schneider, T. and IYO (eds) (2007). Live Projects and Alternative Ways of Practice: Live Project ‘Live Project’. Sheffield: Agency.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2006). Flexible Housing. A Guide (Prepared for the Housing Corporation). London: Bank of Ideas.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2012). Invisible agency. In: AD / Scarcity. Wiley: 38-43.

Schneider, T. and N. Awan (2011). Other Productions of Space. In: Wonderland. Springerin, Vienna: 330-335.

Schneider, T. (2011). Architecture Fiddles while the World Burns. In: Jormakka, K. and O. Pfeiffer (eds), Architecture in the Age of Empire. Weimar, Bauhaus Verlag: 320-329.

Schneider, T. (2011). Discard the Axiom. In: Doucet, I. and Janssens, N. (eds), Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism. Springer Verlag: 97-116.

Cerulli, C. and T. Schneider (2011). Exploring collective production in the context of a design studio looking holistically at housing. In: Cerulli, C., Schneider, T. and A. Towle (eds),
Come Collaborate with Me. Sheffield, PAR: 10-13.

Cerulli, C., Kossak, F. Petrescu, D. and T. Schneider (2010). Agencies of Live Projects. In Petrescu, D., Petcou, C. and N. Awan (eds), Cultural Practices within and Across. Paris, aaa/Peprav: 172-210.

Kossak, F., Petrescu, D., Schneider, T., Tyszczuk, R. and S. Walker (2009). Agency: working with uncertain architectures. In: Agency: working with uncertain architectures. London, Routledge: 1-18.

Kossak, F. and T. Schneider (2007). G.L.A.S. UrbanAct. Paris, aaa: 130-141.

Schneider, T. (2013). Contesting the premise of certainty. Dealing with the paradox. In Cupers, K. (ed.), Use matters: an alternative history of architecture. London: Routledge.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2013). Flexible Housing. In: The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition, SAGE Reference project.

Agency (2013). Taking Part. In IAUV (eds), Venice Summer School 2011. Venice: Marsilio.

Schneider, T. (2013). Changing the laws. In: UNDERCONSTRUCTIONs. Venice: Marsilio.

Schneider, T. (2012). “The Obsolescence of the ‘Architect Superspecialist’.” Nordic Journal of Architecture (2): 58-63.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2009). “Beyond Discourse. Notes on Spatial Agency.” Footprint (4): 97-111.

The Agency’ research group (2009). “Before and After AGENCY.” Footprint (4): 113-122.

Schneider, T. und J. Till (2008). “Alternate Currents: an introduction.” ARQ, vol 12 (2): 109-11.

Schneider, T. und Till, Jeremy (2008). “Editorial: Alternate currents.” field:, vol 2 (1): 1-5.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2007). “Alternate Currents.” An Architektur (18): 6-13.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2006). “Opportunities and Limits.” ARQ (2): 157-166.

Till, J. and T. Schneider (2006). “Flexible Housing: Hard and Soft.” ARQ (3): 287-296.

Schneider, T. (2005). “The Corporate Landscape of Theming.” building mat.erial (13): 38-41.

Schneider, T. (2012). Seeing beyond the heroic male member and sharing credit where it’s due. In: Architecural Review (April): 22.

Schneider, T., Till, J. and N. Awan (2011). “Participation and the context of Spatial Agency.” Architect’s Bulletin (188/189): 90-93.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2011). “Beyond Building.” Architecture Today (218): 10-14.

Schneider, T. (2011). “Response: The shadow of economic history: the architecture of boom, slump and crisis.” arq 14 (5): 395-7.

Schneider, T. (2011). “The future for architects?” SoA Studio Journal (2): 2-4.

Kossak, F. and T. Schneider (2011). “To whom it may concern.” Conditions (7).

Schneider, T., Till, J. and N. Awan (2010). ”Instances of ecological motivations in the production and use of space.” field: 4 (1): 219-226.

Schneider, T. (2009). “What architects also do...”, RIBA Research Symposium, RIBA, London.

Schneider, T. und J. Till (2008). “Changing rooms.” RIBA journal 115 (2): 72-74.

G.L.A.S. (eds) (2007). GLASmanual. Glasgow: Glasgow Letters on Architecture and Space.

G.L.A.S. (eds) (2006). On the Edge. Glasgow: Glasgow Letters on Architecture and Space.

Kossak, F., Petrescu, D. und T. Schneider (2006). “Reflection on IYO and PEPRAV.” IYO (1): 1-34.

Atlee, A., J. Barber, F. Kossak und T. Schneider (2005). “The Preliminary Charter of Oppositional Architecture.” AnArchitektur (14): 66-67.

Non-Refereed Journal articles, Reports & other Pubs – in Press
Schneider, T. and J. Till (2012). Spatial Agency. In: RIBA Education Yearbook 2011.

Schneider, T. and J. Till (2012). “Über die Fähigkeit andersweitig zu agieren” (translation “Beyond Discourse. Notes on Spatial Agency.” Footprint (4): 97-111.). UmBau.