Dan Dubowitz is Reader in Architecture and the Undergraduate Programme Leader at Manchester School of Architecture. He is currently developing a cross-school expert panel and co-curated evening lecture series ‘Provocations’ for MSA and is co-leader of Flux Atelier.

Trained as an architect, Dan worked for architectural and design practices in London and Hong Kong before joining Peter Eisenman Architects in New York. In 1996 he established the Masters in Advanced Architectural Design programme at Strathclyde University with Per Kartvedt and started the design practice, Heisenberg Collaborative Arts in Glasgow with Matt Baker.

In 2003 Dan set up the design practice, Civic Works Ltd, to deliver Cultural Masterplans for post-industrial areas in decline from Glasgow (Gorbals), and Manchester (Ancoats) to London (Nine Elms). From 2003-14 the Civic Works  offered those charged with the regeneration of inner cities a novel masterplanning framework to better engage communities and effect a transformation of identity.

In tandem with his urbanism research-practice, Dan undertakes visual research projects, recent monographs include 'Fascimo Abbandonato' (pub. Dewi Lewis), 'Wastelands' (pub. Dewi Lewis), 'The Peeps' (pub. MUP) and 'Citizen Manchester' (pub. MUP). The forthcoming book ‘Instruments of Perpetual Revolution’ centres on a visual essay of the work of Avant-garde constructivist architect, Stefan Sebök. My next photographic series are an investigation of delusions of grandeur in city-making: 1929-2029: ‘The Masterplan’.

Dubowitz’s current research area, ‘Collaborative Urbanism’, is primarily concerned with how tomorrows cities could grow out of the cities we live and work in today: prototyping novel methods for professional charged with the transformation of a neighbourhood to meaningfully engage its citizens. We need to find a different ways of doing things…..

PhD Supervision Interests
Urbanism, alternative methods for city-making, meaningfully engaging citizens in transformation projects, prototyping, action-research, visual research.

Research

Exhibitions

Dubowitz, D., 2015. After Landscape, The Centre for Contemporary Art - Fabri i Coats, Barcelona. Fordlandia series., 26/3/2015.

Dubowitz, D., 2015. Fordlandia, The lost city of Henry Ford in the Amazon, Art Museum of The A mericas, The Organisation of American States, Washington DC., 19/3/2015.

Dubowitz, D., 2014. Citizen Manchester, Manchester City Art Gallery, 12/3/2014.

Dubowitz, D., 2014. Fascismo Abbandonato', Newcomer Award Exhibition, Art Koln, Germany., 18/9/2014.

Dubowitz, D., 2014. Postcards From Norway, Sunnhordland Museum, Norway., 23/6/2014.

Books

Dubowitz, D., 2020. 'Instruments of Perpetual Revolution.', English language edition: JapSamBooks. German Language Edition: Anteus Verlag.

Peran, M., 2015. 'After Landscape. Ciutats copiades', Edicions Universitat Barcelona.

Dubowitz, D., Ward, A., 2014. 'Citizen Manchester', Manchester University Press.

Dubowitz, D., 2011. 'The Peeps Ancoats: The Presence of Absence', Manchester University Press.

Dubowitz, D., 2010. 'Fascismo Abbandonato: The Children's Colonie of Mussolini's Italy.', Dewi Lewis Pub.

Dubowitz, D., 2010. 'Wastelands', Dewi Lewis Publishing.

Reports

Dubowitz, D., 2018. 'Collaborative Urbanism'.

Dubowitz, D., 2013. 'Vauxhall Nine-Elms Battersea Cultural Masterplan'.

Dubowitz, D., 2009. ''Breaking The Mould'.

Dubowitz, D., 2008. 'Newtopia'.

Dubowitz, D., 2006. 'The Cultural Masterplan Delivery Plan'.

Dubowitz, D., 2005. 'The Cultural Masterplan'.

Dubowitz, D., 2004. 'The Presence of Absence'.

Dubowitz, D., Baker, M., 2001. 'The Artworks Masterplan: The Manual'.

Dubowitz, D., Baker, M., 2000. 'The Artworks Masterplan'.

Journal Articles

Dunn, N., Dubowitz, D., 2019. 'Talk on the Wild Side: moving beyond storytelling in cities', Monu, 29, pp. 34-36.

Dubowitz, D., Dunn, N., 2018. 'Dark Inscriptions: placing theory and tracing practice in nocturnal Glasgow', Writing place Journal for Architecture & Literature 2: Inscriptions: Tracing Place, 2.

Other Outputs

Dubowitz, D., 2021. 'The Ark.'.

Dubowitz, D., 2018. 'Collaborative Urbanism:'.

Dubowitz, D., 2018. 'The First Modern City'.

Dubowitz, D., Jackson, J., 2015. 'Megalomania: Fordlandia, Brazil'.

Dubowitz, D., 2014. 'Fordlandia'.