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Associate Professor

Douglas Spencer PhD

Associate Professor, Architecture
Director of Graduate Education, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-7163
Office: 590 College of Design


2008-2012 University of Westminster - PhD Architecture History and Theory
1992-1995 Thames Valley University - MA Cultural Studies
1985-1988 Sheffield City Polytechnic – BA (Hons) History of Art, Design and Film Studies (2.1)

On the Web

  • CV (11/11/21)
  • Research Interests

    Douglas Spencer is Director of Graduate Education and Pickard Chilton Professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Architecture. He has previously taught at the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art and the University of Westminster. He has lectured internationally and contributed essays for publications including LogThe Journal of ArchitectureRadical PhilosophyArchitectural Designe-fluxThe Avery ReviewAA FilesNew Geographies, and Volume. He has also contributed chapters for collections such as Marxism, Urban Critical Theory and the Urban Question in the XXI Century (forthcoming 2023), Landscape Is…(Routledge, forthcoming 2022), Architectural Affects after Deleuze and Guattari (Routledge, 2020), Architecture and Feminisms (Routledge, 2017), Landscape and Agency (Routledge, 2017), This Thing Called Theory (Routledge, 2016) and Architecture Against the Post-Political (Routledge, 2014). His The Architecture of Neoliberalism (Bloomsbury 2016) has become a critically acclaimed, widely-cited, and standard point of reference in the analysis of contemporary architecture. His subsequent book, Critique of Architecture: Essays on Theory, Autonomy, and Political Economy, was published by Birkhäuser/Bauwelt Fundamente in 2021. 

    Current Projects

    I am currently researching and writing my third book, Scenes of Production: Architecture and the Subject of Capital.

    I am also running a reading group on Manfredo Tafuri's Architecture and Utopia.