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Dr Laura Bowie

Dr Laura Bowie

Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory

+44 (0)29 2251 0976
Room 3.09, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision


Laura Bowie is a Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Welsh School of Architecture where her research interests include: the city and protest, post-war reconstruction, the radicalisation of urban space, the relationship between urban planning and the psyche, the role of the media in architectural perception, and the use of memory and cultural outputs as exploratory tools. Her research thus far has focused on the post-war period in West Berlin and the 1968 student protests; how the historical urban fabric was rejected, reenvisaged and reappropriated in the face of internationally promoted modernist housing policies. She is a member of the History and Theory Research Group at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Her monograph for Peter Lang’s City as Place series edited by Professor Rebecca Madgin (Glasgow) and Professor Nicolas Kenny (Simon Fraser) has recently been published: 'The Streets Echoed with Chants: The Urban Experience of Post-War West Berlin'


Laura holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture which explored the relationship between urban planning and protest cultures in post-war West Berlin. She also holds an MA, First Class with Joint Honours in Architectural History and Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh and an MA, with Distinction, in European History from Newcastle University.

Honours and awards

  • DAAD Language Grant (2014)
  • Edinburgh University Principle’s Career Development Scholarship (2014-2018)
  • Barrie Wilson Award for Excellence in First Year PhD Studies (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Architecture and Humanities Association
  • German History Society
  • European Architectural History Network
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • UKRI ECR Forum

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present: Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
  • 2015-2019: Tutor in Architectural History and Theory, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Speaking engagements

  • ​'Contesting Identity through the Cityscape of West-Berlin: Women & Film', in Architecture and its Stories: AIARG Annual Conference (Dublin, 24-25 March 2022).
  • 'Satellite Settlements and Social Critique: 1968 in West Berlin', in RGS-IBG Annual International Conference​ (London, 28-30 August 2019). [url]
  • 'Mass-Housing, Urban Space, and Conflict: 1968 in West Berlin', in Society of Architectural Historians  70th Annual International Conference (Glasgow, 7-11 June 2017). [url]
  • ​'Urban Space, Politicised: 1968 in West Berlin', in Urban Social Movements, Protest and Advocacy Master Class with Margit Mayer (Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh, 29 March 2017).
  • 'Books and Protest: 1968 in West Berlin', in Books and the City Symposium (Maastricht University and Van Eyck Academie, 22-24 June 2016). [url]
  • 'Coloured Architecture: Democratic or Oppressive? 1968 in West Berlin', in GTA Workshop 'Europe and its Limits' (ETH Zurich, 31 May-1 June 2016). [url]
  • ​'Protest as Analytical Tool: 1968 in West Berlin', in PGR Seminar with Professor Barry Bergdoll (University of Edinburgh, 5 November 2015).
  • 'Space, Place and Identity: 1968 in West Berlin', in First Year Review Conference (University of Edinburgh, 10-11 September 2015).
  • 'Urban Berlin - Memories of a City', in Stadtkolloquium 2015 Annual Workshop (UCL, London, 30-31 March 2015) [url].
  • 'The City as Text: 1968 in West Berlin', in institutions: History Lab Annual Conference (IHR, London, 12-13 June 2013) [url].
  • 'The Spatial Dimensions of Protest: 1968 in West Berlin', in Arguing the Establishment: Obedience and Resistance since 1450 (Durham University, 23 May 2013).

Invited Presentations

  • 'Direct Action in City Districts: Post-War West-Berlin' in ESALA Postgraduate Prokalo Seminar Series, (University of Edinburgh, 29 October 2019) [url].
  • '1968 in West Berlin: Research Development at the 1st Year Review Stage' in ESALA PG Research Skills Seminar, (University of Edinburgh, 5 October 2015).


  • 'Space, Place and Identity: 1968 in West Berlin' in 10th Annual PGF Conference (Newcastle University, 24 May 2013).

Committees and reviewing

  • Co-organiser of the 14th AHRA (Architecture and Humanities Research Association) Annual Student Research Symposium (April 2017) [url]
  • Co-organiser of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 3rd Annual Graduate Student Research Forum (April 2015) [url]
  • Co-organiser of the student-led seminar series Prokalo at the University of Edinburgh (2014-2017) [url]
  • Co-editor of the department’s post-graduate journal, Edinburgh Architecture Research (2014-2020) [url]








At Cardiff, Laura is involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with a focus on history, theory and research skills, particularly post-war modernism and activism.

Prior to joining the Welsh School of Architecture, Laura has taught both Architectural History and Architectural Theory Honours at the University of Edinburgh.

Laura is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded 2022)


 I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • politics and urban space
  • urban representations in cultural outputs (film, art, literature, music)
  • planning and conflict post 1945

Past projects