Edwina Attlee is a writer and researcher who teaches Critical and Contextual Studies in Architecture and Interiors at the School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Edwina Attlee is a Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture. She is the author of Strayed Homes: Cultural Histories of the Domestic in Public (Bloomsbury, 2021) and the co-editor of Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture (Architectural Foundation: 2019). Her research and teaching addresses ideas of spare and wasted time with an emphasis on the social and gendered hierarchies of these categories. This has led to work on housework and its histories, concepts and experiences of childhood, and cultural and architectural histories of unemployment. Her teaching is based upon an understanding of reading and writing as practices. Edwina writes regularly for The Architectural Review. She is also a poet and recently wrote an audio tour of the laundry room for McSweeney’s.
Edwina's current research addresses ideas of spare and wasted time, with a particular emphasis on social and gendered hierarchies of these categories. This has led in two related directions, towards histories of housework and its homes, and towards concepts and experiences of childhood. Her teaching is based upon an understanding of writing and reading as practices.
At the School of Art, Architecture and Design she leads two MA modules exploring writing about architecture, and the social history of childhood and the family, as it pertains to and interrupts the history of architecture. Edwina also teaches Critical and Contextual Studies to first, second and third-years.
- Editor, with Phineas Harper and Maria Smith, Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture (London, Architectural Foundation: 2019)
- Attlee, E. (2019) ‘Mapping urban space and time: Talking to horses and pigs’, Migrations: New Cinema & the City (London, Cours de Poetique)
- Attlee, E. (2015) 'Click, Click, Click: Cliché in the poetry of Emily Berry, Heather Phillipson and Sam Riviere', Dandelion: Postgraduate Arts Journal and Research Network. 5(2)
- Attlee, E. (2015) ‘Fire Escape/ Washing Line’, Taking Up Space (London, Pavement Books)
- Sitting Room – a roaming poetry reading series
- Belonging Intimately to the Background (2017) - a one-day symposium showcasing film, performance and research on the background to everyday life. Featuring: Tom Phillips, Jake Auerbach, Ben Highmore, Maya Oppenheimer, Sophie Chatelier and There They Carved A Space.
- ANTIGONICK (2016) Rehearsed reading of Anne Carson’s Antiogonick.
- Science Museum Lates, Ada Lovelace (2015) - museum-wide programme of events, including a colouring book made from/with Sadie Plant’s Zeroes and Ones.
- Lunch Poems (2015) at the Royal Festival Hall in collaboration with the Saison Poetry Library.
- CAFF at the Slade Research Centre as part of Cities Methodologies (2014) in collaboration with Sam Barton (LSBU, Geography). Installation exploring the time and space of the lunch hour through a series of lunchtime events. Including the first lunchtime recital of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems.
- Buildings on Fire, part of Cities Methodologies (2013). Edwina's fire escape ‘maps’ were exhibited.