Nabil Ahmed

Cyclone Shelter. Image by Lindsay Bremner

Course Leader for MA History, Theory and Interpretation of Architecture.

Nabil Ahmed  

Nabil Ahmed is an artist, writer and researcher. His trans-disciplinary research explores contemporary status of nature in spatial relation to law, conflict and development. 

His current research explores environmental self-determination in the militarized territory of West Papua. His work in West Papua takes the form of collaboration with remote sensing experts, NGOs, activists, architects, and contemporary art spaces as part of his long-term research initiative with The Showroom, Earth Sensing Association, an association for the dissemination of knowledge at the intersection of ecology, conflict and cultural production. 

His teaching at The Cass is mainly concerned with how architecture and architectural education can critically reflect on design practices and evidence complex processes of urban and environmental change. 

More recently he has participated in the Taipei Biennale (2012), Cuenca Biennale (2014) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt where he has been part of the two-year Anthropocene Project (2013-14). 

His writings have appeared in academic journals, magazines, and various art and architecture publications recently commissioned by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Third Text, Volume, Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (Routlege, 2014) Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (Sternberg, 2014) and many others. 

He is co-founder of Call and response, a sound art organization based in London. 

He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London with a doctoral thesis that charted hidden narratives and evidenced the coupling of human conflict and natural environments (cyclones and war of independence, water pollution and development, corporate mining and indigenous self-determination movement) in Bangladesh and West Papua. 

He has previously taught in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been a guest critic at Architecture Association, University of Westminster Faculty of Architecture and Royal College of Art, London.


  • MA Architectural History, Theory and Interpretation

Critical & Contextual Studies 1 (Architecture)

Critical & Contextual Studies 2 (Architecture)

Critical & Contextual Studies 3 Dissertation Studio 2: Anthropocene Debates

Interpretation: Architecture, Resource, Geo-politics

Forgetting of Air

MA Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretation Dissertation

MA Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretation Reading Group: The Architectural Novel

PhD supervision

Journal Articles 

Ahmed, N. 2013. “Entangled Earth”, Third Text: Contemporary Art and the Politics of

Ecology. Volume 27 Issue 1 Number 120, 44-53.

Ahmed, N. 2011. “What is the weight of the moon?” in Media Fields Journal [Online]

UC Santa Barbara.

Book Chapters 

Ahmed, N. 2015. “Earth Poison”, World of Matter. Edited by Inke Arns. Berlin:


Ahmed, N. 2014. “The Toxic House”, Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth.

Edited by Forensic Architecture. Berlin: Sternberg, 614-633. 

Ahmed, N. 2013. “Earthly Poison: Sensing Arsenic in the Bengal Delta”, Architecture

and the Paradox of Dissidence. Edited by Ines Weizman. London: Routledge.

Ahmed, N. 2012. “What is the weight of the moon?” Beyond Borders. Edited by John

Hutnyk. London: Pavement books. 

Other Publications 

Ahmed, N. 2015. “Sounding Chaos”. Publication No. 2 Nordic Pavilion, 56th Venice

Biennale, Office of Contemporary Art (OCA) Norway. (Forthcoming)

Ahmed, N. 2015. “Land Rights: Counter-mapping West Papua”, Hacking Habitat: Art

of Control, Foundation Niet Normaal, The Hague. (Forthcoming)

Ahmed, N. 2014. “The Counter-Map and the Territory”, Volume #38: The Shape of

Law, 56-61.

Research Interests: Architectural theory, critical spatial practice, political ecology, environmental history, development and postcolonial studies (South and Southeast Asia), forensic architecture, remote sensing, conflict and genocide studies, environmental activism, sonic in contemporary art and architecture