Dr Krzysztof Nawratek

PhD, FHEA

School of Architecture

Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Architecture

Departmental Director of Research and Innovation

Krzysztof Nawratek
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Dr Krzysztof Nawratek
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TN
Profile

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.

Qualifications

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.

Publications

Books

Edited books

  • Nawratek KJ (Ed.) (2015) Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism. Barcelona: dpr-Barcelona. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) Urban and social infrastructure, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 81-107). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) Towards radical inclusivity - community, Ummah and beyond, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 1-17). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) The spatial dynamics of Kuala Lumpur, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 53-80). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) Spatial practices - dividing and connecting, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 108-116). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) National unity and urban segregation, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 32-52). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) Kuala Lumpur Community, Infrastructure and Urban Inclusivity Preface, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. VIII-XIII). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) Kuala Lumpur Community, Infrastructure and Urban Inclusivity Concluding notes, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 117-119). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kozlowski M, Mehan A & Nawratek K (2020) From strategy to tactic, KUALA LUMPUR: COMMUNITY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN INCLUSIVITY (pp. 18-31). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ (2018) Architecture of radicalized postsecularism In Beaumont J (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity (pp. 315-324). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ (2017) ‘Der Arbeiter’: (Re) Industrialisation as Universalism? In Nawratek KJ (Ed.), Urban Re-industrialization Punctum Books View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek K (2017) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ & Bus-Nawratek KI (2015) On the Frustrating Impossibility of Inclusive Architecture In Nawratek KJ (Ed.), Radical Inclusivity. Architecture and Urbanism (pp. 12-23). Barcelona: DPR-Barcelona. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ (2013) 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ (2013) 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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ (2012) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek KJ (2011) 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. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Research group

Research groups

Grants
  • 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).