Dr Torange Khonsari

Torange is a Reader in Art, Architecture and Design Activism the course leader for Design for Cultural Commons PG Cert. Torange is also a researcher in the field of Cultural and Civic Commons and teaches architectural practice at undergraduate level. 

Torange Khonsari speaking at a conference

Torange Khonsari

Torange Khonsari is co-founder and Director of the urbanism, public art and architecture practice, Public Works since 2004. An interdisciplinary practice working on the threshold of participatory and performative art, architecture, anthropology and politics. Her projects directly impact public space, working with local organisations, communities, government bodies and stakeholders. Torange wrote and is course leader of Design for Cultural Commons – PG Cert at the School of Art, Architecture and Design. She has taught at international universities such as UMA School of Architecture in Sweden, she is unit leader at the Royal College of Art in London and a visiting professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Torange recently delivered a TEDx talk on harnessing the power of civic commons and is also on the Mayor of London’s Specialist Assistance Team for community engagement in regeneration.

Torange is interested in the design in civic and cultural commons. She is also affiliated with the Cities Research Area at London Met but will be developing a research centre in the emerging field of Cultural and Civic Commons.

Torange teaches Architecture Practice at undergraduate level and is course leader for Design for Cultural Commons. She also teaches on the following modules; Commoning Practice, Project: Enacting the Commons, History and Theory of Commons.


  • Venice Architecture Bienalle. The Ministry of Common Land – British Pavilion - 2020-2021
  • The Civic University. Tate Modern. Tate Exchange Program. London. UK. 2016-2017


Peer reviewed conferences papers 2016-18:  

  • AAG (Association of American Geographers) - Abstract accepted for paper: Urban commons and its structures of power, Panel accepted at society of anthropologists annual conference 2018 - collaborative panel with PHD candidate performing arts - Mehrdad Seyf Anglia Ruskin University
  • Edge - Situated practice in art, architecture and urbanism. Paper: The Common Room: situated knowledge in making a neighbourhood, UCL London 2017 
  • Keynote Speaker: Experimental Cities conference. Paper: Architect as Host. Aalborg University Copenhagen. Denmark 2017
  • Critical London Conference. Paper: Architect as Host. Panel: radical Hospitality. London Southbank University. UK. May 2017
  • AAG (Association of American Geographers) Conference. Paper: Temporary architecture as a contemporarytypology for place making. Panel: Place making. San Francisco. USA 2016 

Peer reviewed books and journals 2016-18: 

  • Chapter: Temporary architecture as a contemporary typology for place making. Book Placemaking, release in January 2018 - Routledge
  • Chapter: Communal garden and the liminal city. Release in December 2017 by Routledge
  • Paper: A discourse analysis of the construction of a civic neighbourhood
  • Book: My Home Is Your Home. Chapter 3: Constructing a place to host - pp68-71- edited by Torange Khonsari, ISBN: 978-1-906318-05-5. June 2016.
  • GLA Crowdfund grant - The Common Room - Research project - £81.701- London 2020 
  • Arts Council Fund - Ministry for Common Land - Venice Bienalle - £14,500 - 2020
  • Awards for All Grant - Abbey gardens - Community development project - £10,000 - 2019
  • Pocket Parks Grant - Ministry of Housing, communities and Local Government - £25,000 - 2019
  • External partnership with Tate Modern – Tate Exchange
  • External Partnership with Design Museum – Learning and Outreach
  • Consultant for Greater London Authority – Community Engagement in Regeneration
  • Trustee at Stour Space – Artist studios and cultural centre in Hackney Wick
  • Founding Director of Art and Architecture practice – Public Works Ltd
  • TEDx Talk - Harnessing the Power of Civic Commons
  • Consultant for Greater London Authority - Community Engagement in Regeneration