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Tahl Kaminer

Dr Tahl Kaminer

Reader in Architectural History and Theory

Ysgol Bensaernïaeth

+44 29208 70939
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I am currently the Director of Research of the Welsh School of Architecture, module leader in MArch and contribute to other modules in UG and PG. I lead the History and Theory Research and Scholarship Group at WSA. Overall, my responsibilites include research; UG &PG teaching; PhD supervision. 


Reviewer for Bloomsbury and Taylor & Francis publishers; for journals such as Architecture & Culture, Architectural Theory Review, Built Environment, Charrette, 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). 









  • Kaminer, T. 2018. On critique. Presented at: Ibstock Lecture, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, 27 September 2018.
  • Kaminer, T. 2018. Radical democracy and spatial practices. In: Farhan, K. ed. The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement. New York, London: Routledge, pp. 37-45.
  • Kaminer, T. 2018. In defence of spatial planning. Presented at: Rebuilding Architecture, Yale, New Haven, CT, USA, 25-27 January 2018.


  • Kaminer, T. 2017. Planning and non-planning. Presented at: Monthly Monday talk, Kulttuurisauna, Helsinki, November 2017.
  • Kaminer, T. 2017. Von Ledoux. Presented at: [Un]Timely Aesthetics, Innsbruck, Austria, 1-2 June 2017.
  • Kaminer, T. 2017. The use of commons in urban struggles. Presented at: Rethinking the Commons: Examining Dilemmas, Exploring Solutions, Edinburgh, UK, 27 April 2017.



  • 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., Genard, J. L. and Kaminer, T. eds. 2012. Critical tools. Nethca. Brussels: La Lettre Volée.




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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.


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. 


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.

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

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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.

For PhD funding opportunities, please see https://gw4.ac.uk/
For postdoc fellowships (open until September 2020): Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA IF) application with Cardiff University as the host organisation. In order to apply to Cardiff University prospective fellows must complete and submit an Expression of Interest, identifying a prospective Cardiff University supervisor. Eligible applicant profile: The prospective fellow must have a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. Applicants must not have resided or worked in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years up to 09/09/2020 (or, if you are applying for a Global Fellowship, you must not have resided or worked in the third country for more than 12 months during the 3 years up to 09/09/2020). The applying fellow must have an excellent track record (relevant to career stage) of peer-reviewed internationally recognised publication(s). Additional information: Both European and Global Fellowships open. Any interested applicants please go to the EURAXESS advert for further information and for any queries please email msca@cardiff.ac.uk