Dr Krzysztof Nawratek

School of Architecture

Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Architecture

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (PGT)

Director of Space, Cultures and Politics research group

Krzysztof Nawratek
k.nawratek@sheffield.ac.uk

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

Before joining Sheffield School of Architecture, I was an Associate Professor in Architecture and MArch (RIBA Part 2) programme leader at the Plymouth University. I have worked as an architect and urban designer in Poland, Latvia and Ireland and as a researcher at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Maynooth, Ireland. My main research interest lays in urban theory in the context of post-secular philosophy, I am interested in the crisis of the contemporary (neoliberal) city model, radical inclusivity and urban re-industrialisation.

Qualifications

PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning

Research interests

My research interest lies in spatialized post-secular thought. In my work, I focus on non-dialectic modes of thinking. This investigation has 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.

I am founder and coordinator of Postsecular Architecture Research Network

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

  • 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
Research group
Grants
  • MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS
  • Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
  • “RE-DWELL”. Delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Europe
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
  • ARC6986 and ARC6987 (MAAD) Studio Leader
  • ARC6742 Power, Space, Society (PGT) module leader
Professional activities

I am an External examiner of MA in Architecture Design programme, The Leicester School of Architecture, De Monfort University, UK.

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).