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Dr Richard Bower

Dr Richard Bower

Lecturer in Design and Philosophy

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As a lecturer in Urban Design I seek to explore the interrelatoinship of people, place, and power through the critical analysis of cities. More broadly my research explores themes of food, housing, and urbanism as ways of both critiquing Westernised space and proposing practical models of alternative political agency.

My ongoing research projects include explorations of urban food, the ‘slow city’ movement, and the history / future of anarchist plotlander housing in the UK.


  • 2014: PhD (Architecture and Human Geography), Plymouth University, UK
  • 2008: Post-Graduate Diploma in Humane Architecture
  • 2008: Graduate Diploma in Architecture

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  • 2017: Research funding awarded from the UK Vernacular Architecture Group
  • 2008: RIBA Presidents Silver Medal nomination

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  • 2015 - 2017: University of Central Lancashire School of Architeture - Lecturer in Design and Critical Cultural Theory
  • 2009 - 2014: Plymouth University School of Architecture - Associate Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory







I teach across the MA Urban Design course and contribute to various other modules across the school's geography and planning courses.
My research explores the relationships between people, power, and place by critically questioning a number of interconnecting spatial issues - urbanism, housing, food, and everyday political agency. By contextualising alternative examples of these issues I am seeking to explore aspects of agonistic and anarchistic theory as critical counter-narratives to the lived reality of contemporary Westernised space.


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