Dr Tonia Carless

Senior Lecturer
Research Associate - OISD: PCI


Practicing Architectural Designer and Researcher. In 2004 she completed a practice based PhD in Architecture, with a scholarship bursary at the University of The West of England, The work included the design and construction of an ‘event’ architecture, architectural representation and a written thesis.

Teaching interests

Unit Leader for Undergraduate BA(Hons) in Architecture. Tutorials, seminars and lectures including crit/examination assessments and dissertation supervision and assessment. Lectures to Cities and Culture Module and Post-graduate MarchD in Research Lead Design and Major Studies Modules and research Philosophy for Design. PhD Supervisor. Undergraduate dissertation Module Leader.

Research interests

Public space and everyday life, the production of public space and utopia and panoramas and their contemporary representational relationship with digital technology. Research through design, drawing and practice.


forthcoming November 2013 ‘Architectural Gleaning’ a chapter in Reinventing Architecture and Interiors - the past, the present and the future a Libri Publication.

2012 ‘Producing Space, the Confrontation between Abstract Space and Everyday Life.’ Under consideration by Architecture Research Quarterly Journal.

2012 ‘Occupying and Recreating Leftover Spaces: Temporary spatial practices.’ In progress for The Journal of Architectural Education.

2011 ‘A New Visibility: The Productive Space of Drawing’ in Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and Extra Urban Studies, Volume 1, issue 1 Common Ground Publishing, USA, 2011, ISSN: 2152-7857. Associate Editor Volume 1, Issue 2.

2010 ‘Reclaiming Public Space: A Critical Architecture.’ in Occupation: Negotiations with Constructed Space. The University of Brighton Publication and CD, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-905593-73-6 978-1-905593-74-3

Conference papers

The Migrant and The City Beautiful. Paper accepted for 4th Global Conference of Inter-disciplinary.Net 'Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners' Mansfield College Oxford, 21-23 September 2012

Drawing as discourse: Home and Island analysis of two sets of architectural research drawings. Under consideration for Drawing Research Network Conference, Loughborough University Schools of Arts and Design, 10-11 September 2012

Open School: A Creative Approach to Pedagogy, Architecture Live projects Pedagogy, An International Symposium. Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, 24-25 May 2012

An Architectural Gleaning, ‘Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: the past, the present and the future’, Interior Educators and Ravensbourne London, 29-30 March 2012

Producing Space: The Confrontation between Abstract Space and Everyday Life 6 July 2011, ‘Economy’ The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Wales, 6 – 8 July 2011

Socially Permeable Space. Poster Presentation, ‘Open Space People Space Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors. A conference on research into inclusive outdoor environments for all.’ Edinburgh University School of Art, 27 – 29 June 2011

Temporary Spatial Practices 7 April 2011, ‘Fixed? Architecture, Incompleteness and Change’ School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth, 6 - 8 April 2011

A New Visibility: The Productive Space of Drawing Virtual Presentation, 4 December 2010 'Spaces and Flows' An International Conference on Urban and Extra Urban Studies University of California Los Angeles, USA 4 – 5 December 2010

Reclaiming Public Space: A Critical Architecture 3 July 2009. 'Occupation: Negotiations with Constructed Space' School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton, 2 – 4 July 2009

An architecture of Resistance September 2009. ‘The Politics of Space and Place’ 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference, CAPPE Centre for Applied Philospohy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton.

Play as Protest: Reclaiming Children's Space in Practice 17 August 2006 with Henning, M. Childhood in the City: The Royal Geographical Society Annual conference, University of Northampton


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP