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Research interests

Alex's research interests lie across and between the disciplines of architecture, archaeology, and anthropology, but also with notions of 'the commons' broadly understood. Particular areas of research expertise in these interdisciplinary fields include:

With a team from Newcastle University Alex is a Co-Investigator on the 3-year AHRC-funded project, Wastes and Strays: The Past, Present and Future of English Urban Commons.
Last year he organised a conference at the University of Brighton titled Tangible and Intangible Commons to explore other strands of commons thinking.

The Structure of Architectural Interdisciplinarity
The visual and analogical foundations of design-centred disciplines. In particular understanding disciplines as borderless centres of practice which, for design, proceed through the making of, often, visual artefacts, afforded meaning through analogical interconnectedness.

Drawing between Architecture and Archaeology
Alex makes work – drawings and texts – between the historically interconnected disciplines of architecture, archaeology and anthropology. A recent chapter in Architecture and Anthropology edited by Adam Jasper explores some of these parallels

The Theory of Architectural Practice
Within architecture itself Alex's research, as well as his lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, seeks to understand both architectural history and theory, and the professional practice of architecture, as differences of emphasis rather than differences of category; that architecture is the product of a constant shuttling between practice and theory.

Supervisory Interests

Alex welcomes PhD supervision of research projects examining any aspect of his Research Interests described above.

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Archaeology Arts & Humanities
Artifact Arts & Humanities
Diagrams Arts & Humanities
Resemblance Arts & Humanities
Anthropologists Arts & Humanities
Art Arts & Humanities
Universe Arts & Humanities
Materialist Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2011 2018

Metropolitan Salem, Liuerpul

Zambelli, A. 9 Jun 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Occlusions of the Operational Sequence: A Coincidental Conversation between Robert Matthew and André Leroi-Gourhan in Six Diagrams

Zambelli, A. 13 Nov 2018 Architecture and Anthropology. Jasper, A. (ed.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Chaîne Opératoire
Royal Institute of British Architects

Scandalous Artefacts: Visual and Analogical Practice between Architecture and Archaeology

Zambelli, A. 20 Feb 2018 PhD Research Projects 2018. Vollenbroker, N. (ed.). London, p. 70-71

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Historical Analysis

The Return of Jack and Becky: a propositional reconstruction

Zambelli, A. 12 Mar 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
Royal Institute of British Architects