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Dr Tahl Kaminer

Dr Tahl Kaminer

Reader in Architectural History and Theory

Room 3.26, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision


Director of Research, Welsh School of Architecture
UG, PG teaching
PhD supervision 


Reviewer for Bloomsbury and Taylor & Francis publishers; for journals such as Architecture & Culture, Architectural Theory Review, Built Environment, CITY, Cities, Drawing On, Footprint, Journal of Urban Design.

Key past activities

Former Senate member, University of Edinburgh; Research Director, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; co-director of the Edinburgh Global Justice Academy; director of Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust; production editor of Footprint; board member of 66 East, Centre for Urban Culture (Amsterdam). 

I joined the Welsh School of Architecture in summer 2018. I have previously held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh and TU Delft. I have published two monographs: The Efficacy of Architecture (2017, Routledge) and Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation (2011, Routledge). I have also edited three anthologies: Urban Asymmetries (2011, 010), Critical Tools (La Lettre Volee, 2012) and Houses in Transformation (2008, NAi), and was a founding editor of the academic journal Footprint and its managing editor from 2007-12.

Academic positions

2018 - present: Cardiff University
2012 - 2018: University of Edinburgh
2004 - 2012:  TU Delft

Speaking engagements

'Super Gentrification and Global Cities', KTH Stockholm (2019)
'Critique is Ordinary', University of West England (2018)
'Stealth Policy-Making in Planning and the "Productive" Imbroglio of Governance', Royal Geographic Society Conference , Cardiff (2018)
'Participation', Test Unit workshop, Glasgow (2018)
'In Defence of Spatial Planning', Rebuilding Architecture symposium, Yale University (2018)
'Von Ledoux bis Mies’, [Un]Timely Aesthetics symposium, University of Innsbruck (2017)
‘The Use of Commons in Urban Struggles’, Rethinking the Commons colloquium, Edinburgh (2017)
‘The City as Critical Stage’, Claim, Occupy, Create: Politics and Aesthetics of Urban Citizenship symposium, Edinburgh (2016) 
'The Utopia of the Plan’, Utopian Urban Futures: Histories, Imaginations, Possibilities, Leeds (2016)





  • Kaminer, T. 2015. The crisis of the plan and the post-Fordist city. In: Lichenko, M. and Martyanova, V. eds. Postfordism: Concepts, Institutions , Practices.. [Постфордизм: концепции, институты, практики]. Moscow: Rosspen, pp. 137-156.




  • Heynen, H. and Genard, J. Heynen, H., Genard, J. and Kaminer, T. eds. 2012. Critical Tools.. Nethca. Brussels: La Lettre Volée.



Currently module leader for Research Preparation (4th year) and Architectural Dissertation (5th year). I have taught and led UG, PGT and PGR modules in the past, at the University of Edinburgh and TU Delft. 

My main research studies the relation of architecture to society - the manner in which the discipline of architecture is determined by society, economics and politics, and the manner in which architecture has agency, shaping, to a degree, society. A second line of research focuses on urbanism and critical urban practices.

Areas of interest:
Theoretical and historical research of architecture since 1945.
Cases that illuminate the relation of architecture to society.
Cases that identify a relation of spatial to social form.
Alternative and counter-hegemonic forms of architecture and urbanism.
Critical urbanism.

Past projects

Co-supervisor for Sarah Borree - Architecture and Photography: Making Architectural Meaning 1920-60
Co-Supervisor for Laura Bowie - Space, Place and Identity: 1968 in West Berlin (2018).
Co-Supervisor for Edwar Calderon - The Functional City in Medellín, Colombia (2016).
Co-Supervisor for Maria Mitsoula - athens’ image-opsis: The Asperity of Attica’s Marble (2016).