David Burns

Dr David Burns leads Media Studies, a course he initiated in 2016. He has two decades of international higher education experience in colleges of architecture, art, and design. From 2009-2016, he was the founding director of Photography and Situated Media at the University of Technology Sydney. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, an MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, and a BArch from the University of Tennessee. David is a co-founder, alongside Adam Kaasa and Thandi Loewenson, of the Fiction Feeling Frame research collective.

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Tutors, 2021-22

Ifor Duncan

Ifor Duncan is a writer and inter-disciplinary researcher whose work concerns the relationships between political violence and watery ecosystems. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA), Goldsmiths, where he developed the concept of necro-hydrology, which addresses the ways hydrologic properties are instrumentalised through border regimes, as technologies of obfuscation, and weaponised against marginalised communities. His practice involves writing and submerged sound and image. Ifor has been a postdoctoral research fellow in Environmental Humanities at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice and has previously taught at the CRA.

Gabriella Hirst

Gabriella Hirst (she/her) is an artist. She was born and grew up on Cammeraygal land (Australia) and is currently living between Berlin and London. She works primarily with moving image, performance, and with the garden as a site of critique and care. Gabriella holds an MFA in Fine Art Media from Slade school in London, and a degree from COFA and the IUAV in Venice. She is the recipient of the 2020 ACMI/Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, is a previous Marten Bequest Scholar and a recipient of the John Crampton Fellowship.


Mustapha Jundi

Mustapha Jundi is an architect, artist, and PhD candidate (Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London). His work encompasses the fields of design, visual culture and geography and his doctoral research investigates borders and the subterranean in the context of Lebanon. He holds an MArch from Yale University and was a fellow at Ashkal Alwan's Home Workspace Program (2015-16). He was a part-time senior lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut (2012-2018). Before co-founding apractice studio in Beirut (2009-2015), he was a designer at Weiss/Manfredi Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York City (2002-2009).


Keren Kuenberg

Keren Kuenberg is an architectural researcher and a curator. Her practice is situated at the intersection of the built environment, archives, exhibitions, and politics with an ongoing interest in shaping the outcome with various interactive formats. She’s worked for museums such as the CCA (Montreal), HKW (Berlin) and the Israel Museum (Jerusalem) as well as non-profit organizations and universities. She is interested in expanding how architecture knowledge is created, documented, understood, and presented to a wider public and exploring how politics and foreign affairs play a role in this.


Sam Nightingale

Sam Nightingale is an artist-researcher working within environmental media. He works with creative methodologies to re-imagine and re-image the spectral-material complexities of settler colonialism, extractivism and their ongoing environmental, ethical, and political impact on human and non-human worlds. His practice uses experimental forms of photography and speculative fieldwork to explore the geopolitical interface between history, ecology and the image. Recent activities include Traversing Topologies (SARN), Spot on Economies (PACT Zollverein), Instituting (HKW Berlin). He is co-editor of the book Fieldwork for Future Ecologies (Onomatopee, forthcoming), and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London (Media, Communication & Cultural Studies & The Centre for Research Architecture).


Bahar Noorizadeh

Bahar Noorizadeh is a filmmaker, writer, and platform designer. She works on the reformulation of hegemonic time narratives as they collapse in the face of speculation: philosophical, financial, legal, futural, etc. Noorizadeh is the founder of Weird Economies, an online art platform that traces economic imaginaries extraordinary to financial arrangements of our time. Her work has appeared at the German Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennial 2021, Tate Modern Artists’ Cinema Program, Transmediale Festival, DIS Art platform, Berlinale Forum Expanded, and Geneva Biennale of Moving Images among others. She is pursuing her work as a PhD candidate in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London where she holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.


Mirna Pedalo

Mirna Pedalo is a London-based architectural practitioner, researcher and scholar interested in the intersection of architecture, urban development and finance. Her work focuses on the impact of convergence of human and capital flows, particularly in post-conflict societies in the Western Balkans. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mirna has practiced architecture in the Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and the UK. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a recipient of the RIBA President’s Award for Research 2019 in the Cities and Community category.

Hanna Rullmann

Hanna Rullmann is a researcher, filmmaker and designer, whose practice engages questions of ecological restoration, environmental histories, environmental policy and legal/political production of natures. She graduated with an MA from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths in 2018. She has worked as a researcher for Airwars and Amnesty and is a founding member of the Border Ecologies network, a research group that investigates the complex ecological relations of border landscapes. Exhibitions/screenings/lectures include MIMA (UK), ar/ge kunst (IT), Vdrome, Tranzit (SK), Z33 (BE), Jan van Eyck (NL), La Casa Encendida (ES) and Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL).


Mhamad Safa

Mhamad Safa is a sound artist, architect, and researcher, based between London and Beirut. His work focuses on multi-scalar spatial conditions and their sonic make-ups. He explores their intersections with aural legacies of traditional and subcultural practices as well as environments of conflict and violence. He was a fellow at Ashkal Alwan HWP in 2018. He graduated from the Centre for Research Architecture and is currently a Phd candidate in International Law at the University of Westminster. Safa has shown individual and collaborative artwork and performances at Goethe Institute in Beirut, Arab Center for Architecture, the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, the Centre for Research Architecture in London, and the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, among others.


Linn Phyllis Seeger

Operating at the interface between photography, moving image, and 3d modelling, Linn Phyllis Seeger’s work is rooted in digital imaging and online media, examining the ways in which we navigate the private and public spheres of our password-protected personalised interfaces, social networks, and urban spaces. Of specific interest within her iPhone-based artistic practice and research are contemporary modes of intimacy enabled through digital communication. Linn Phyllis Seeger’s first monograph 'You I Everything Else', articulating post-digital romance as an ecstasy of communication, was published by Skinnerboox in November 2020.


Kelly Spanou

Kelly Spanou is an architectural researcher with an interest in the build environment, technology, and the body from a critical decolonial perspective. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the School of Communication (RCA), wherein she explores these themes in the context of museums, focusing on epistemological questions around the role that art exhibitions may play as sites of knowledge production. Kelly has a degree in Architecture (NTUA, Greece) and Information Experience Design (RCA). She has experience as a CGI artist and architectural visualiser. Her work has been exhibited in events such as RA Lates, London Design Festival, Jena FullDome International Festival, Sonar+D Festival.

Media Studies Tutor History

Sarah Akigbogun (2022, 23)

Riccardo Badano (2022, 23)

Alison Bartlett (2023)

Ayanna Blaird-Ford (2023)

Ariel Caine (2019, 20, 23)

Ibiye Camp (2020)

Mark Campbell (2022)

Kamil Dalkir (2016, 17, 18, 19, 20)

Matthew Darmour-Paul (2020)

Gabriella Demczuk (2023)

Ifor Duncan (2019, 21)

Jermaine Francis (2022, 23)

Gabriella Hirst (2020, 21, 22)

Daryan Knoblauch (2023)

Mustapha Jundi (20, 21, 22)

Helene Kazan (2018, 19)

Keren Kuenberg (20, 21, 22)

Kenzie Larsen (2018)

Joshua Leon (2023)

Sonia Levy (2022, 23)

Thandi Loewenson (2022)

Lilly Markaki (2023)

Matteo Mastrandrea (2016)

Marie Munk (2018)

Sam Nightingale (2021, 22, 23)

Bahar Noorizadeh (2019, 20, 21)

Mirna Pedalo (2019, 20, 21, 22, 23)

Hanna Rullman (2021, 22)

Mhamad Safa (2021, 22, 23)

Linn Phyllis Seeger (2021, 22, 23)

Kelly Spanou (2017, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)

Freya Spencer-Wood (2023)

Lennart van Oldenborgh (2023)

Rosa Whiteley (2022, 23)

Tania Lopez Winkler (2019)