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Senior Lecturer

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Rick is a Manchester graduate and Registered Architect who has worked in practice for 10 years prior to a career in architectural education at Liverpool University, NCUK Malaysia and the MSA. He has previously supervised postgraduate research at MA level within the Department of Fine Arts at MMU. He teaches and lectures on undergraduate programmes across the School of Architecture.

Rick, along with Amy Hanley, leads the Bachelor of Architecture Units ‘Intimate Cities’ and ‘Emergent Topographies’ that are concerned with interdisciplinary approaches for the cultural appropriation of residual urban space, and the transition and evolution of macro post-industrial landscapes that do not have a use [anymore].

Rick’s primary research interest concerns the social relations and programmes that constitute the contemporary city. The position taken is that pleasure intimacy and diversity are illusions within the regulated city of post-modernity and that if the ‘illusion of the real’ is the commodified space of downtown Main Street, then the ‘real’ resides elsewhere. This enquiry is cultural in its broadest sense and interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing social and political theory, anthropology, psychology and the fine arts to inform modes of investigation and representation that inform a critical position within architecture and urban design.

A fascination with modernist, abstract and contemporary art practice provides a complimentary research interest that informs compositional, material, and spatial, processes of architectural exploration and representation. Recent research has investigated the compositional structures of the paintings of the Italian modernist Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964).


A selection of recent research outputs.

Book Chapters

Dargavel, R., 2010. 'Conference Proceedings (Lisbon, 2008) Human Nature, Society, Culture and Architecture'. In Hilde Heynen, Alex Rauta (eds.) EAAE Transactions in Architecture No 43, 202-211, EAAE, Belgium.

Dargavel, R., 2010. 'Proceedings (Trondheim, 2007) The Charged Void - after Alison and Peter Smithson'. In Hilde Heynen, Alex Rauta (eds.) EAAE Transactions in Architectural Education No 43, 273-279, EAAE, Belgium.

Dargavel, R., 2003. 'Sverre Fehn Architect, Norway'. In Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture, Taylor and Francis-Routledge, New York.


Dargavel, R., Hanley, A., 2011. 'Intimate Cities', 6th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Berlin, 9-11 May 2011.

Dargavel, R., 2010. 'Geometry, Proportion and Interval - The Art of Giorgio Morandi', 1st Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts, Athens, 7-10 June 2010.

Dargavel, R., 2008. 'Human Nature, Society, Culture and Architecture', EAAE-ENHSA Sub-network on Architectural Theory, Lisbon, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, 28-30 April 2008, in awaiting publication.

Dargavel, R., 2007. 'The Charged Void - after Alison and Peter Smithson', EAAE-ENHSA Sub-network on Architectural Theory, Norway, University of Trondheim, June 2007, in awaiting publication.

Dargavel, R., 2002. 'Contemporary Phenomenology and the Constructed Site', Constructing Place, Auckland Castle, 12.04.02 - 14.04.02.

Dargavel, R., 1999. 'Considering Stone and the 'Other' Concrete', To See, To Touch, To Comprehend, Kuopio, Finland, 1999.

Rick Dargavel