Teresa Churchill


Dr Teresa Hoskyns is an Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Her architectural practice and research focuses on the intersection between art, temporary architecture, performance, participation and public space. As well as an architectural theorist she is the designer of a series of world class portable theatre venues that have been used to create major events throughout the UK and USA over the last 20 years. Much of her theory and practice work is expressed in her book, The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space published by Routledge New York (2014).

Since being at XJTLU Hoskyns has initiated and chaired the 2019 International Conference: Architecture Across Boundaries and has developed a new master’s programme in International Professional Practice to Ministry of Education approval. She is a founding member for the establishment of RIBA Chapter China and on the steering committee for the Chapter. She has received two research grants, one to continue public space research in China and the other to develop research in international professional practice.

Hoskyns first studied Interior Design at the London Metropolitan University where she was awarded a scholarship to study an MA in Architecture and Interiors under Nigel Coates at the Royal College of Art. She completed a part-time PHD in Architecture (architectural design) at the Bartlett, UCL, supervised by Jane Rendell and Jonathan Hill. Before starting at XJTLU she lectured at the University of Sheffield and the University of Cambridge.
In her practice with partner Mat Churchill she has completed a number of major temporary theatre projects including:
A temporary venue for the Royal National Theatre (2000) to house Joan Littlewood’s ‘Oh What a Lovely War’.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, (2009), Peter Pan tour of the USA (2010-2012), Theatre in the Park for Chichester Festival Theatre (2013), The venue received widespread acclaim in both the architectural and theatre press, described as ‘magical’ by Hugh Pearman in the RIBA Journal (Sept 2013).
Apollo Los Angeles (2019).
She is a co-founder of the art/architecture collective Taking Place.
  • Qualifications

    • PhD Architecture (Architectural Design), The Bartlett, University College London-2011
    • MA(RCA), The Royal College of Art, London-2000
    • BA(hons), Interior Design, London Metropolitan University, 1997
  • Experience

    • The University of Sheffield, Lecturer in Architecture, 2011-16
    • The University of Cambridge, Studio Master, 2005-8
    • Teaching Fellow, The Bartlett, University College London 2003-5
  • Articles

    • Teresa Hoskyns and Helen Stratford, 'Was (is) taking place a Nomadic Practice?' Architecture and Culture, Routledge, Vol. 5 , Iss. 3, 2017, pp. 407-421
    • Teresa Hoskyns, Katie Lloyd Thomas and taking place, TAKING PLACE 8: INTERSTITIAL BREAKFAST, Making Space for Questions about Architecture and Feminism, Field Journal, vol.7 (1) 2017, ISSN: 1755-068 www.field-journal.org
    • Awan N and Hoskyns T (2014), ‘Mapping Occupy’, Architecture and Culture, Volume 2, Number 1,
    • Hoskyns T (2002), ‘The Empty Place of Power’ Public Space and Radical Democracy, Scroope, Cambridge Architecture Journal, N.14
    • Stratford H, Lloyd Thomas K, Hoskyns T (2002), ‘Taking Place’, Scroope, Cambridge Architecture Journal, N.14. Hoskyns T (2000), ‘Taking Place’, Public Art Journal , Vol 1, Number 4.
  • Proceedings

    • Hoskyns, T (2019), XJTLU 2019 International Conference: Architecture Across Boundaries/Preface, KNE Social Science Publishing, doi.org/10.18502/kss.v3i27.5569
    • Hoskyns, T. Collaborative Public Space in China: Two Waterfront Projects, Shanghai and Suzhou, XJTLU 2019 International Conference Architecture Across Bpundaries, KNE social sciences publishing, DOI 10.18502/kss.v3i27.5523
    • Pierre Alain Croset, Teresa Hoskyns, Juan Carlos Dall Alta, Yiping Dong, 'Urban Pins: Modern Intervention as a Method for Urban Conservation and Urban Regeneration in the Changmen Historical district of Suzhou, China' Paper presented at the UIA, World Architects Congress, Special Session on Urban Regeneration, Seoul 2017.
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Hoskyns T (2014), The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space, (New York, Routledge)
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Hoskyns T (2009), ‘Democracy as a spatial practice’, [In] Daniel Pavlotis ed. With Silence Implying Sound: An Anthology of Architecture Theory (Sydney: Sydney University Press).
    • Hoskyns T (2007), ‘Not Cushions and Curtains’, [In] Hollis E., Milligan A., Milton A., Plunkett D (eds), Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interior Design for the 21st Century, (London: Middlesex University Press).
    • Hoskyns T, Petrescu D (2006) ‘Taking Place and Altering it’, [In] Doina Petrescu. ed. Atlering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space (London: Routledge).
    • Hoskyns T (2005), ‘Designing the Agon: Questions on Architecture, Space, Democracy and “the Political”’, Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel (eds), Making Things Public - Atmospheres of Democracy , ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2005)
    • Hoskyns T, (2005), City/Democracy: Retrieving Citizenship [in] Peter Blundell Jones, Jeremy Till and Doina Petrescu (eds), Architecture and Participation, (London, New York: Taylor & Francis, 2005)
    • Hoskyns T, (2004), Say Something Constructive or Say Nothing at All’: Being Relevant and Irrelevant in and, Beyond the Academy Today, Article written with Christopher Wilbert [In] Duncan Fuller and Rob Kitchin (eds), Radical Theory/Critical Praxis: Academic Geography Beyond the Academy?
  • Grants

    • XJTLU Teaching Development Fund, 17/18-R15-106, 2010/02-2020/02 The Internationalisation of Professional Practice, 49,800.00 RMB, in progress
    • XJTLU Research Development Fund-17-01-41, 2018/02-2021/02 “Vibrancy of Public Space in Chinese Cities: Examining Old and New Suzhou as a Case Study” 99,500.00 RMB in progress
    • University of Sheffield: ICOSS Event Scheme/ Faculty of Social Sciences/ Research Exchange for the Social Sciences, 2013-2014, Integrating interests: future-proofing city centre retail economies? £5,000. Completed
    • Arts Council on England, 2007-2011 Taking Place ‘The Other Side of Waiting’, art/architecture pieces for the new perennial wing at Homerton Hospital, London. Funded by the, £36,000. Completed
    • The British Museum and UCL Public Engagement,2009- 2011 ‘Girls Behind Bars exhibition’ showing ‘Dose’ with Pharmacopiea Together Our Space Gallery, London, 1 www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/08/women-prison-art-exhibition-together, ‘Dose’ at Holloway Prison, Workshop involving Pharmocopiea. Funded by the British Museum. completed
    • Awards for All, England, 2010 ‘Amazing’, a theatre and debate research project at the GLA Scoope Theatre, More London. Greater London Association with Enfield Schools,. £10,000. Completed
    • CETLED, 2006-2007 Live Projects projects within the university curriculum report looked at the extent and best practice of live projects within art and design education.
    • The Architecture Foundation 2004 ‘Toy Stories’ Crossing Boundaries Workshop for the Architecture Foundation as part of the community consultation for the regeneration of Kings Cross.
    • West Euston Partnership, Social Regeneration Board funded, 2001-2004 ‘Open Spaces’ Research and consultation for the regeneration of Regents Park Estate.
    • University of Sheffield: ICOSS Event Scheme/ Faculty of Social Sciences/ Research Exchange for the Social Sciences, 2013-2014, Integrating interests: future-proofing city centre retail economies? £5,000. Complet
  • Professional service activities

    • Steering Group Committee, RIBA China
    • Academic Quality Sub Committee (2017-2019)
  • Courses taught

    • ARC402, Advanced Professional Practice
    • ARC303, Architectural Theory
    • ARC101, Small Scale Buildings
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 + 86 512 8188 4726
  • Email

  • Address

    Dr Teresa HoskynsAssociate Professor in Architectural Design Address: Room DB454 (South Campus)Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University111 Ren'ai Road, Dushu Lake Higher Education TownSuzhou, Jiangsu Province, PR China 215123 teresa.hoskyns@xjtlu.edu.cn
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park