Architecture History + Theory Guest Lecture: Joseph Cook, “Ethnography and Architecture” | Thursday, March 16 at 6pm (GMT) in Robin Evans Room (M416) + online


When: Thursday, 16th of March at 18:00 (GMT)

Where: Robin Evans Room (M416), University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LS + online

Due to the rail strike this lecture will also be live streamed via MS Teams:

Click here to join the lecture online via MS Teams

In this lecture, Joseph Cook (UCL Anthropology) will introduce links between anthropology and architectural practice going back to the turn of the 20th century, from studying lighting levels in Chicago, to turning the tables on Margaret Mead to design the office of the future. The second half of the lecture will focus on ways in which taking a more ethnographic approach to design could lead to both an improved built environment, and a more considerate culture of design education.

Joseph Cook is a former BA Architecture student at Westminster, currently completing his PhD at UCL Anthropology, having undertaken an ethnography within a multinational design firm. He also works with UCL Urban Laboratory and is a Research Assistant with the School of Population Health at Queen Mary University of London.

Featured image: Participant testing a Herman Miller Office Nap Pad in 1964.