Aleks Catina

Aleks Catina is Coordinator of Postgraduate History and Theory in Architecture for the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

He teaches on the Architecture BA (Hons), Architecture History, Research and Writing MA.

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Aleks Catina

Aleks Catina was educated at the Royal College of Art and at London Metropolitan University, where he has been part of the History and Theory team since 2007. Aleks has also led the widening-access foundation course and the First Year Architecture design provision at the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Aleks is Fellow in the Higher Education Academy. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Aleks has taught at the University of East London and the Welsh School of Architecture as well as a summer school studio at the Architectural Association (2007). He has been a guest critic at the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art, Chelsea School of Art, University of Brighton and other schools around the UK.

Aleks Catina explores the role aesthetic detachment plays in the cultural filed of architecture today. He experiments with fiction writing as an inclusive form for the exposition of complexities in architectural production. Aleks’ forthcoming book is titled The Pillars or Uncertainty (Spring 2020).

He teaches design as well as history and theory, from the Foundation Year, the Architecture BA (Hons) course to the Architecture History, Research and Writing MA at the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

  • Module leader, The Problem of Irony * (Architecture RIBA 2 – MArch; Architectural History, Research and Writing MA; Architecture MA)
  • Module tutor, Forgetting of Air (Architecture RIBA 2 – MArch; Architectural History, Research and Writing MA; Architecture MA
  • Module tutor, Critical and Contextual Studies, Levels 4 and 5, Architecture (Architecture BA – RIBA 1)
  • Tutor, Dissertation Studio 3: The Conquest of Joy** (Architecture BA – RIBA 1)
  • Design Tutor, Studio, Level 3 Foundation

'The Problem of Irony' invites students to critically review the social contingencies of their cultural field, while 'The Conquest of Joy' is interested in the means by which references to the past can help us become more aware of the importance that doubt plays in the construction of new knowledge.


  • Catina, Aleks (forthcoming, 2020) The Pillars of Uncertainty: Essays on irony and architecture, London: Cours de Poétique Published / peer-reviewe
  • Catina, Aleks (2017) Stages of Dialogue: the role of reflective teaching and learning in the architecture design studio. Investigations in University Teaching and Learning (journal)
  • Catina, Aleks (2013) The Failings of a fleet of fools – Encountering the Interiors of disused power station. IDEA. “2013 IDEA Journal Unbecoming,” June, 2013

Conferences / exhibitions

  • The Dubious High Street: Images between gentrification and social value (conference paper); 16th Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference ‘Architecture and Collective Life’, Dundee, November 2019
  • Stages of Dialogue; Widening access through design teaching (conference paper); London Metropolitan Learning and Teaching Conference; London, 2019
  • A View Made Unnecessary: Questioning a theory of irony-work in architecture (conference paper); 12th Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference ‘This Thing Called Theory’, Leeds, November 2015
  • Best in Show (exhibition), showcase of 10 graduate projects, Architecture Foundation, London, July 2016

Aleks’ forthcoming book The Pillars of Uncertainty explores the diachronic shifts that the meaning of architectural form undergoes in the process of socialisation. The work engages with fiction and experimental writing in the pursuit of making academic discourses accessible to a wider readership.