Krzysztof Nawratek

Dr Krzysztof Nawratek

Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Design Architecture

Room: 14.18
t: 0114 222 0327

Before joining SSoA I was an Associate Professor in Architecture and MArch (RIBA Part 2) and MA in Architecture programme leader at the Plymouth University. I have worked as an architect and urban designer in Poland, Latvia and Ireland. I worked as a Visiting Professor at the Geography Department at the University of Latvia 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.

Teaching Activities

ARC6853 Design Theory and Methodology module leader

ARC6986 Studio Leader

ARC6742 Politics of Architecture and Urbanism (PGT) module leader

Administrative Roles

MA in Architecture Design Programme Director
Space, Cultures and Politics Research Group Co-leader

Research Interests

My research interest lies in spatialized post-secular thought. In my work, I investigate non-dialectic relationships between post-secularism and space. 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.

PhD Students

Amro Yaghi, Performativity as praxis: a performative spatial practice methodology to understand inclusion, exclusion and urban politics in public space, Amman-Jordan, Co-supervisor prof. Doina Petrescu

Sheng Song, Liveability of Contemporary Chinese Urban Streets, Co-supervisor Dr Florian Kossak

Faith C Ng'eno, Co-constructing the philosophy of sustainable design in Nairobi, Kenya. Co-supervisor Dr Ranald Lawrence

Du Xingyue, Long Term Historical Urban Analyses of Xi'an, China. Co-supervisor Dr Claudia Rojas Bernal

Farouq Tahar, The Muslim community participation in architecture and its role in promoting social symbiosis amongst wider community, Co-supervisor Dr Joanne Britton

Niveen K Daoud, CAAD tools and socially engaged architecture.1965 - 2018. Co-supervisor Dr Luis Hernan (from February 2019)

PhD Supervision Interests

Religion and space / architecture

Postsecularity in architecture and urbanism

Katowice Public Consultation students workshop on urban reindustrialisation Warsaw


A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of recent publications please click here.


  • Nawratek KJ (2018) Total Urban Mobilisation. Ernst Jünger and Post-capitalist City. Palgrave. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek K (2012) Holes in the Whole Introduction to the Urban Revolutions. Washington: Zero Books. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nawratek K (2011) City as a Political Idea. Citizenship, Sovereignty and Politics. University of Plymouth Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Nawratek KJ (2018) Architecture of radicalized postsecularism In Beaumont J (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity (pp. 315-324). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

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