Adrian Lahound

Adrian Lahoud is Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Prior to his current role at the RCA, he was director of the MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and a research fellow in the Forensic Architecture ERC-funded project; studio master in the Projective Cities MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the Architectural Association; and director of the MArch Urban Design at the Bartlett, University College London.

Drawing on nation building projects in the post-colonial period, early cybernetic forms of government and the mobilisation of climate research by the global south, Lahoud's PhD "The Problem of Scale: The City, the Territory, the Planetary" sets out a theory of scale drawn from architectural practice in the context of emancipatory struggles. Recent exhibits include The Shape of the Eclipse at Let's Talk about the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock Museum Beirut (curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Nora Razian), Secular Cosmologies in After Belonging, Triennial of Architecture Oslo, and Floating Bodies at Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (curated by Anselm Franke and Eyal Weizman).

Recent publications include The Mediterranean: A New Imaginary in New Geographies (Harvard University Press), "Floating Bodies" in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (Sternberg), "The Bodele DeclarationV" in Grain, Vapour, Ray: Textures of the Anthropocene (MIT Press), Nomos and Cosmos in Supercommunity (e-flux), "Fallen Cities" in The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia University Press), "Scale as a Problem, Architecture as a Trap" in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Avery Review Lars Muller) and "A Mandala to a Model" in Elements for a World: Stone, Water, Wood, Fire, Sky (Sursock Museum, in collaboration with Ashkan Sepahvand).

Adrian has been a part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt's Anthropocene curriculum, an experimental pedagogical project bringing together scientists, artists, architects, activists and scholars across a wide variety of fields to explore the practical and philosophical implications of climate change and widespread environmental transformation.

He is currently working on a project exploring the intersection of architecture, anthropology and semiotics.

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