Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

The Architectural Expression of Science


The project aims to discover the precise and nuanced ways in which architecture configures, influences and expresses the ideas and ideals of contemporary experimental science. To the ongoing contestation of science's alleged 'placelessness' and neutrality (a key trope in the so-called 'science wars') the project brings an expert understanding and analysis of architectural techniques of spatial organisation and material expression. Significant sites of contemporary bioscience research are being interrogated and modelled using digital drawings and animations, together with critical textual analysis, in order to detail the ways in which architecture shapes the public perception and practice of experimental Science.

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  • Forthcoming publications

    S. Kaji-O’Grady and Chris L. Smith, LabOratory, under review.

    S. Kaji-O’Grady, Chris L. Smith and Russell Hughes, eds., Laboratory LifeStyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions, MIT Press, under contract.

    Book Chapter

    Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Smith, Chris L. (2016). Laboratory architecture and the deep skin of science. In Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff and Nick Beech (Ed.), Industries of architecture (pp. 282-293) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

    Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2014). Laboratories of experimental science. In Mathew Aitchison (Ed.), The architecture of industry: changing paradigms in industrial building and planning (pp. 109-134) Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

    Journal Articles

    Smith, Chris L. and Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2014) Exaptive translations between biology and architecture.Architectural Research Quarterly18 2: 155-166. doi:10.1017/S1359135514000463

    Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2012) The spaces of experimental science. le Journal Spéciale’Z4 88-89.

    Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Smith, Chris L. (2015). Unquiet darkness: institutions, information and dissimulation at the cold spring harbour laboratory.. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O'Callaghan, Architecture, Institutions and Change.SAHANZ 2015: Architecture, Institutions and Change, Sydney, Australia, (290-299). 7-10 July 2015.

    Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2014). Translating and representing bioscience through architecture. In: Christoph Schnoor, Translation: The 31st Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference.Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (471-484). 2-5 July 2014.

    Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2012). Collaboration and transparency in the architecture of contemporary science. In: Stuart King, Anuradha Chatterjee and Stephen Loo, Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: The 29th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Launceston, Tasmania, (492-511). 5-8 July 2012.

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