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Architecture Faculty and Staff

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Administrative Staff


Academic Advisor

Graduate Coordinator



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)

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Research Interests

Critical theory and its use in addressing the aesthetics, politics and economics of contemporary architecture.

Architecture and the production of subjectivity, drawing upon the philosophies of Theodor Adorno, Etienne Balibar and Michel Foucault.

Architectural ornament and contemporary infrastructures of transportation.

The relations between architecture, infrastructure and landscape at the scale of the territory.

Current Projects

I am currently researching my second book, provisionally titled, Other Scenes of Architecture: Subjects and Spaces of Late Capitalism.