Jane is Course Leader for Architecture, Cities and Urbanism – MA and unit leader for the Cities unit in Architecture (RIBA 2)– MArch. She studied architecture at Sheffield University (2001 - 2004) and the University of East London (2006 - 2009) and worked at practices in London and Manchester. She completed her doctorate at London Met (2010 - 2017).
Jane has taught Architecture and Urban Design at London Met since 2013 and has been invited as a guest lecturer at the University of East London, Cambridge University, The Bartlett (UCL), University of the Arts (London), Queen's University Belfast and Central Saint Martins (UAL). She co-leads the Cities Research Group, is a member of the Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) Research Strategy Group and convenes the weekly AAD research seminar.
Jane is an active researcher whose interests include urban depth and city morphology, high streets, industrial and workspace accommodation, participatory design processes and activism through design.
Jane is a member of the Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies (CUBE) and since 2015 has co-led the Cities Research Group with Professor Mark Brearley. She is Principle Investigator on Autonomy and Urban Depth – a nascent collaboration with Prof Ben Colburn (Glasgow, Philosophy), Prof. Machiel van Doorst and Dr Birgit Hausleitner (TU Delft, Urban Planning). It explores how the spatial, temporal and psychological ordering of space in the built environment shapes people’s capacity to exercise their autonomy in public places.
Jane is also Principle Investigator on The Southwark Industrial Economy Audit, with Prof. Mark Brearley and Nicolas Palominos (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL), and undertook a survey of every industrial workspace in the London Borough of Southwark in 2019, with the project due to reach its conclusions in 2021. It will offer an evidence base for the New Southwark Plan. The Southwark Audit grew from participatory design and consultation events such as Action Old Kent Road (OKR), in which Jane collaborated with a number of grassroots organisations: Southwark Planning Network, Vital OKR, Peckham Weeklies and what if: projects to help equip business owners and residents in Southwark with the knowledge and skills to participate in the planning process.
Since 2017 Jane has also been part of ongoing research into the nature of streets, a project called Streetspace led by PI Dr Agustina Martire (Queen's University Belfast, Architecture) and is co-authoring a book about it.
Jane is Course Leader for Architecture, Cities and Urbanism – MA and unit leader for the Cities unit in Architecture (RIBA 2) – MArch. She has taught across all levels of architecture including running seminars for undergraduate module, Critical and Contextual Studie, Dissertation Studio 'Made in London' and guest lectures for other modules on the topics of urban design, high streets, public space, morphology, local economies and industry/workspace. Jane supervises a number of PhD students whose research concerns urban-scale investigation: Bobby Supatira, Annisa Jabbour, Lara Kinnier and Julia Atkins.
- Clossick J. Forthcoming 2021. “A Place for Participation on the Old Kent Road”, in Generosity of
- Architecture [book title TBC], edited by M.McVicar et al, Routledge.
- Clossick, J. and Colburn, B. Forthcoming Nov 2020 “Design Precepts for Autonomy”, in Architecture and Collective Life edited by P. Lewis, S Costa Santos and L. Holm, Routledge.
- Clossick, J. 2017, “The depth structure of a London high street : a study in urban order” [PhD Thesis]
- Søberg, M., illustrated by Clossick, J. 2016 “Urban dybd: Interview med arkitekturteoretiker Peter Carl om byens orden og nødvendigheden af konflikt” [Urban depth: Interview with Architecture Theorist Peter Carl about the city’s order and the need for conflict] in Periksop, Forum For Kunsthistorisk Debat nr. 16.
- Clossick, J. 2014. “Finding Depth”, in The Mediated City Conference Proceedings. Architecture_MPS; Ravensbourne, London.
- Clossick, J. 2014. “The Industrial City”, in Atlas of Cities edited by P.Knox. Princeton University Press pp. 70 - 87.
- Clossick, J. 2014. “In the Valley: Where is Tottenham’s Economy? High Road Survey”. London Metropolitan University
- Clossick, J. 2009. Event Regeneration: Critique of Manchester's Development Strategy 1980-2002. University of East London.
- Clossick, J. 2008. Cityspace Revolution: Manchester in the 19th Century. University of East London.
- April 2020 – Chaired Negroni talk. “The Joy Of Architecture: Does Fun Follow Form, Function Fear & Finance?”
- February - August 2019 – Curated London Society High Streets Series of four speaking events and two guided walks
- June 2018 – Chaired London Festival of Architecture event, “Architecture's Gentrification Guilt”
- February 2017 – Speaker at “Fundamentals - Industry: London is Eating Itself” at Central Saint Martin's curated by Olly Wainwright
- May 2016 – Chaired Public Policy Exchange event “From high street to high growth: shaping the future of our town centres”
- March 2014 – Chaired round-table discussion at V&A ‘late’ session with Prof. Tony Travers (LSE) “The Future of Tottenham High Road” at the Tottenham Takeover.
Dr Jane Clossick
Senior Lecturer in Architecture (Urban Design)