Matthew Barac

Matthew Barac chairs the board of Architecture Sans Frontières, a UK charity committed to putting humanitarian development issues on the agenda of architectural education and practice. He is currently an associate at Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, London, where he specializes in housing and care for older people, and from September 2010 will take up a position as senior lecturer in history and theory of architecture at the Department of the Built Environment, London South Bank University. Barac’s doctoral study of shantytown urbanity won the RIBA President’s Award for Research (2007) and the International Bauhaus Prize (2004). An award-holder in the latest round of the RIBA Trust programme, he is currently building on earlier studies of urban hermeneutics to explore the spatial order of cities in Africa. Professional activity includes his role as co-author of the findings of a government commission, entitled HAPPI Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation, set up in 2009 to investigate housing reform in the UK. He has taught, lectured and examined at several schools of architecture, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and to chair public events. As well as contributing academic papers and chapters to refereed journals and books, he enjoys writing for a mainstream readership in publications including Icon magazine, Building Design, and Il Giornale dell’Architettura. In 2007 he guest-edited an Architectural Review special issue on South Africa.