Igea TroianiPhD, BArch

Professor of Architecture

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Igea Troiani [PhD, BArch(Hons), BAppSc] is Dean of International Affairs and Professor of Architecture at XJTLU. She is an architect and academic with over 20 years teaching experience in architectural design, history and theory gained at universities in China; Oxford, UK and Brisbane, Australia. Her three key areas of research are: 1) the social production of architecture; 2) architectural labour, capitalism and urbanisation and; 3) architecture and media (focusing on filmmaking). Her research traverses the fields of architecture, urbanism, sociology, politics, economics, and visual culture. She was recipient of a Research Excellence Award in 2017.

Since joining XJTLU, her research in China has focused on transnational architectural production and urban heritage examined through Foucault's theory of 'governmentality'. She is Lead of History and Theory in the Department of Architecture. Between 2005 and 2018 she taught Architecture at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) where she undertook design research on unfinished buildings and ghost urbanisations in Greece, Spain and Cuba through studio practice. That work aimed to formulate ways of regenerating urban ecologies. Three books have been produced from this design research. As part of that research project, she examined the relationship between capitalism, city formation and the body polis (including the architect's body). On the latter subject she is currently writing a manuscript entitled 'Playing the Game of Life: In Architecture' (Taylor & Francis).

In 2019 she was Chair of the XJTLU University Ethics Committee and is Acting Chair of the Publishing Committee at XJTLU Imprint, a Press Partner of the University of Liverpool Press. XJTLU Imprint publishes high quality research in English and Chinese to reach wider publics. In her own research, she employs alternative modes of architectural publishing including filmmaking and exhibition design. She is a member of the Surroundings Lab network [www.surroundingslab.org] and has written, directed and produced 5 short films/documentaries as research. The films have been made through her production company, Caryatid Films. She has curated exhibitions in the UK; some have travelled internationally. Her books include 'The Politics of Making' (2007); 'Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture' (2017); 'Architecture Filmmaking' (Nov 2019); and 'Visual Research Methods in Architecture' (April 2020). Between 2017-2018, she was a Visiting Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies (CHS) at the Royal College of Art, London supervising dissertations in the MA Architecture, MA City Design, MA Interior Design and MA Environmental Architecture. Throughout her academic life she has supervised 100s of dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and some have won awards. She is a supervisor of PhDs and PhDs by Design and has supervised PhDs to completion. She has examined PhDs in Australia, Portugal and the UK. She was an invited juror for The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A) (Dissertation) prize.

She has held major research leadership roles in international research organisations in Australia and the UK. While in Australia she was a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand (SAHANZ). She has been Research lead and Chair of the international research network, Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and remains a Steering group member. As part of her role in AHRA, she initiated and founded the inter-disciplinary award-winning journal, 'Architecture and Culture' for which she has been editor-in-chief since 2013. She has co-edited 4 themed issues of the journal since its inception. The issues and their themes are: 'Spaces of Tolerance' 7(1) [March 2019] ‘Architecture Film’, 3 (1) (March 2015); ‘Disciplinary Practices’, 2 (2) (July 2014); and ‘Discipline’, 1 (1&2) (July & November 2013]. The journal facilitates an interdisciplinary exchange between those working inside, across and outside architecture - from architects, artists and urban designers, filmmakers, animators and poets, from historians, geographers, anthropologists and social scientists - to reveal new readings concerned with architecture culture. She has led conference teams that organised two 150+ delegate international conferences and many symposia and has been an invited conference and session chair for many other conferences. She has given invited keynote addresses and lectures in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Copenhagen, Karlsruhe, Melbourne and has been interviewed on radio. She actively participates in international conferences worldwide to make network connections.

In 1996, she became a registered architect in Australia. She has practiced architecture in Melbourne and Brisbane; Münster, Germany and is in practice with Andrew Dawson and Joelle Darby in Original Field of Architecture (OFA) in Oxford. OFA made a film about their work in the UK and how it was influenced by their experiences at RMIT; it was screened in Melbourne in August 2017. She began co-teaching studios with Andrew Dawson in 1998. They have two children, Lola and Valentino.
Igea Troiani
  • Telephone

    +86 15501365993
  • Email

    Igea.Troiani@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address



    Room 435, Design Building (DB), South Campus
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    111 Ren'ai Road/ Chongwen Road

    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123