Dr Krzysztof Nawratek
School of Architecture
Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Architecture
Departmental Director of Research and Innovation
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Since September 2015, I have been a Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Architecture at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA). Currently, I am the Departmental Director of Research and Innovation. I was MA in Architecture Design program leader and PGT director, and I led Y1 UG in Sheffield. Before joining SSoA, I was an associate professor in Architecture, M.Arch. programme leader at the School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University, United Kingdom. Since 2020 I am also Visiting Professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Educated as an architect and urban planner, I have worked in Poland, Latvia (e.g. for Riga City Council and NAMS Architecture Office) and Ireland (Principal Urban Designer at Colin Buchanan, Dublin). I worked as a visiting professor at the Geography Department at the University of Latvia and as a researcher at National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth, Ireland. I was a Member of the Board of Experts European Prize for Urban Public Space 2012, 2014 and 2016 and a member of the selection panel for the Polish contribution to the International Architecture Biennial in Venice in 2012 and in 2014.
My main research interest focuses on urban theory in the context of post-secular philosophy and 'radical inclusivity'. I am also interested in the crisis of the contemporary (neoliberal) city model and urban re-industrialisation.
PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning
- Research interests
I am interested in spatialized post-secular thought and non-dialectic modes of thinking. These investigations have two intertwined threads. The first is more theoretical (in a tradition of hermeneutic inquiry) investigation of radical contextualization, radical inclusivity and in general how The Absolute Other’s (‘das ganz Andere’ defined by Rudolf Otto) influences are actualized in space. The second is more empirical; it focuses on religious imaginations and religion-related behaviours in space. This more empirical perspective is then contextualised as a framework in order to decolonize Western (post)Christian urban and architectural discourses.
- View this article in WRRO Kuala Lumpur: Community, Infrastructure and Urban Inclusivity. Abindgon: Routledge.
- Total Urban Mobilisation. Ernst Jünger and the Post-Capitalist City. Palgrave Macmillan.
- View this article in WRRO Holes in the Whole Introduction to the Urban Revolutions. Washington: Zero Books.
- City as a Political Idea. Citizenship, Sovereignty and Politics. University of Plymouth Press.
- Ideologie W Przestrzeni. Próby Demistyfikacji. Krakow: Universitas.
- View this article in WRRO Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism. Barcelona: dpr-Barcelona.
- Spatial reflections on Muslimsʼ segregation in Britain. Religions, 14(3).
- The production of knowledge through religious and social media infrastructure : world making practices among Brazilian Pentecostals. Popular Communication. View this article in WRRO
- Beyond community: inclusivity through spatial interventions. Writingplace, 6, 136-147. View this article in WRRO
- Rudolf Otto’s ‘The Absolute Other’ and a radical postsecular urban contextualization. Planning Theory, 20(1), 28-43. View this article in WRRO
- De-colonizing public spaces in Malaysia: dating in Kuala Lumpur. Cultural Geographies, 27(4), 615-629. View this article in WRRO
- Performative interventions to re-claim, re-define and produce public space in different cultural and political contexts. Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, 13(3), 718-735. View this article in WRRO
- How brave can we be? The city as a political experiment. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 38(1), 1-2.
- An urban partisan: Carl Schmitt's and Jacob Taubes’ guide for urban revolution. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 38(1), 3-10. View this article in WRRO
- New progressive architecture: Designing for cities in end times. Journal of European Popular Culture, 3(1), 77-88.
- Urban Landscape and the Postsocialist City. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 14(3). View this article in WRRO
- The internet: a potential factor in socio-spatial disintegration of Riga?. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning, 164(4), 233-239.
- Architecture of radicalized postsecularism In Beaumont J (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity (pp. 315-324). Routledge
- View this article in WRRO ‘Der Arbeiter’: (Re) Industrialisation as Universalism? In Nawratek KJ (Ed.), Urban Re-industrialization Punctum Books
- University as a Terminal: Socio-Material Infrastructure for Post-Neoliberal Society, The Future of University Education (pp. 145-156). Springer International Publishing View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO On the Frustrating Impossibility of Inclusive Architecture In Nawratek KJ (Ed.), Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism (pp. 12-23). Barcelona: DPR-Barcelona.
- Contemporary Capitalism and a Post-socialist city: the Bankruptcy of Neo-liberal Riga In Redbergs O (Ed.), Conditions for Contemporary Culture (pp. 129-136). Riga: Megaphone Publishers.
- Territory, Autonomy and Provisional Revolution: How to Survive in 21st Century In Redbergs O (Ed.), Conditions for Contemporary Culture (pp. 91-95). Riga: Megaphone Publishers.
- Producing citizens: from socialist to post-socialist urban opression In Miles M & Savage J (Ed.), Nutopia A Critical View of Future Cities (pp. 36-35). University of Plymouth Press
- Rejecting the Communicative Paradigm of Public Space In Bader M, Baurhenn O, Szreder K, Voinea R & Koch K (Ed.), The KNOT. An Experiment on Collaborative Art in Public Urban Space (pp. 151-156). Berlin: Jovis.
- Research group
- MSCA-ITN Re-Dwell: Delivering Affordable and Sustainable Housing in Europe (2020 - 24).
- Teaching interests
I am interested in design as an 'applied theory' and in theory of design process. I am interested in radically inclusive architecture and in design as a thinking process. I was practising as an architect and urban designer, in my teaching I invite students to contextualize their design and to focus on the way how the design change the existing power and social relationships.
- Teaching activities
- Power, Space, Society: ARC6742
- MA in Architecture studio: ARC6986/ARC6987
- Professional activities and memberships
I am Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA), member of Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and member of The British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR).