Architecture on the Couch: Psychoanalysis and the Environment

“Architecture on the Couch” is an international research group consisting of leading academics, practitioners, analysts, scholars and PhD students, and focusing on interpretative approaches to space, architecture, and the city.

AOC draws on psychoanalytic thinking and approaches to develop new forms of inhabitation, city making and urbanisation, as well as to rethink our relation to space and well-being. Freudian and Lacanian in orientation, AOC is compelled by the unconscious as it builds. It was originally launched by Francesco Proto (Brookes), Lorens Holm (Dundee) and Tim Martin at the 3rd AHRA conference on ‘Transgression’ at UWE in Bristol in 2013.

Past events

04 May 2017, 6.30pm - 9pm
The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition

Articles and book chapters

2016 Lorens Holm, ‘Aldo Rossi and the field of the Other’ in John Hendrix and Lorens Holm, (eds) Architecture and the Unconscious (Ashgate)

2016 Proto, F. “Seducing God(s): Renaissance Ideal Cities as the Mirror-stage of Western Subjectivity, in Architecture and Psychoanalysis (John Hendrix, Lorens Holms eds, Ashgate)

2015 Lorens Holm (‘Space and its assembled subjects: the neurotic the psychotic and the pervert’ in Louis Rice & David Littlefield (eds), Transgression: Towards an Expanded Field of Architecture (Routledge)

2014 Lorens Holm, ‘Transparency: effable and ineffable’ in Henriette Steiner & Kristin Veel (eds). Negotiating (In)visibilities (Peter Lang: New York & Bern)

2013 Proto, F. “The Invention of History: Lacan in Baudrillard part 1 (the 1st simulation stage: the classic age)”. The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, vol. 10, n° 1, January

2013 Proto, F. “Fatal Objects: Lacan in Baudrillard part 2 (The 3rd simulation stage: post-modernity), in The International Journal of Baudrillardian Studies, vol. 10, n° 2, July

2013 Lorens Holm, ‘Psychosis and the ineffable space of modernism’, in Journal of Architecture 18 issue 3

2012 Hendrix, J S. “Architecture and Dream Construction” in Space and Psyche, (Danze E; Sonnenberg, S). Austin: Center for American Architecture and Design

2010 Tim Martin. “Psychosis and the Sublime in American Art: Smithson with Rothko”, The Sublime Object, London: Tate Papers, Issue 13, Spring

2010 Lorens Holm, ‘Glimpsing the real in architecture or the sun always rises’, in The Real: Perspecta 42 (Yale School of Architecture, Spring)

2008 Martin, T. “From Cabinet to Couch: Freud’s Clinical Use of Sculpture”, British Journal of Psychotherapy, London: Blackwells and the British Association of Psychotherapists, Vol. 24 (2) pp.184-196

2008 Martin, T. “Donald Judd: Architecture and Ф Space”, Haecceity Papers: Psychoanalysis and Space, Tim Martin and Lorens Holm, (Eds.), Vol. 4, Issue 1, pp 15-44

2008 Holm, L. Architecture and Psychoanalysis: Haecceity Papers, Special Issue. Guest co-edited with Dr. Tim Martin. (Sydney University Press, Autumn 2008). With papers from the Architecture and Psychoanalysis paper session at the Defining Space conference Dublin, Autumn

2008 Holm, L. ‘Architecture Space Death’, in Architecture and Psychoanalysis: Haecceity Papers. Special Issue (Sydney University Press, Autumn)

2007 Holm, L. ‘Writing Es Aitch Eye Tee on the walls’, in Journal of Architecture. Special issue on Architecture and Dirt, edited by Paul Dobraszczyk & Ben Campkin

2007 ‘The Two New Yorkers: identity and image before and after 9/11’, in Architecture Theory Review. vol 12, no. 2, Autumn


2018 Holm, L. Lacan for Architects (Routledge) in the Thinkers for Architects series

2017 Rendell, J. The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Spaces of Transition. London: IB Tauris

2016 Holm, L; John Hendrix (eds) + Ballantyne, A; Blom, K; Campbell, H; Cheatle, E; Fontana-Giusti, G; Kite, S; Malathouni, C; Martin, T; Rendell, J; Vronskaya, A; . Architecture and the Unconscious. London: Ashgate)

2016 Rendell, J. X Marks the Spot that Will Have Been John Hendrix and Lorens Holm (eds) Architecture and the Unconscious. London: Routledge

2013 Rendell, J. 'Working Between and Across: Some Psychic Dimensions of Architecture’s Inter and Transdisciplinarity' 'Discipline and Dissidence', edited by Diana Periton and Igea Troiani, Architecture and Culture, inaugural issue of new journal in association with AHRA

2013 Sideris, N. Architecture and Psychoanalysis: Fantasy and Construction. Amazon Kindle Edition

2012 Hendrix, J S Architecture and Dream Construction in Space and Psyche, (Danze E; Sonnenberg, S). Austin: Center for American Architecture and Design

2012 Rendell, J. The Architecture of Psychoanalysis: Constructions and Associations, Olaf Knellessen, Dr Insa Haertel Helge Mooshammer (eds), Bauarten von Sexualität, Körper, Phantasmen: Architektur und Psychoanalyse/ Ways of building sexuality, bodies, phantasms: Architecture and psychoanalysis

2010 Holm, L. Brunelleschi Lacan Le Corbusier: architecture, space, and the construction of subjectivity (Routledge)

2010 Rendell, J. Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism. London: IB Tauris

2008 Rendell, J. Art’s Use of Architecture: Place, Site and Setting, PsychoArchitecture curated by Ralph Rugoff. London: Hayward Gallery

2006 Hendrix, S H. Architecture and Psychoanalysis. Oxford: Peter Lang

Architecture on the Couch



Dr Francesco Proto

Place, Culture & Identity Group
Architecture on the Couch: Psychoanalysis and the Environment

School of Architecture
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483200
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