Dr Victoria Watson

Dr Victoria Watson

I am a qualified Architect with a specialist degree in the History of Modern Architecture and a PhD in Architecture. I studied at the Bartlett School UCL and in the Department of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Central London.

Currently I am a Senior Lecturer here at the University of Westminster and I direct my own practice: Doctor Watson Architecture that conducts architectural research encompassing the invention of architectonic models and the publication of academic and scholarly papers and articles. In 2010 I won a Rome scholarship and in 2011 my book, Utopian Adventure: the Corviale Void was published. From 2016 to 2019 I have worked on a trilogy of papers about Miesian Space and Capitalist Development and am just completing a parallel trilogy about the use of the garden metaphor to conceptualise the spatiality of modern art museums. 

I have recently  launched my own self-publishing venture as a faster and more efficient means of cataloging my architectural experiments.

My research  combines architectural design with academic writing for journals and books. I devise and make architectonic models that are integral to my thought process, they explore space, materiality and colour but most importantly, by making them, I am able to clarify organisational and structural aspects of my research.

My research is about the dialectic of imagination and reality. I am especially interested in the phenomenon of utopian imagining in architecture and how that impacts upon the production of actual places in city, town and countryside.

I was intrigued by remarks made by Rosalind Krauss and Robin Evans that connected Mies van der Rohe's buildings to ideas about painting and installation art. My research took this thinking much further and discovered the utopia of mobility that underlies the Miesian concept of space and establishes the continuity between his pre and post emigration work.

Another utopia I am interested in is the modern art museum.  I have just completed a study of Tate Modern where I looked at the notion of the art museum as a garden, which was an important consideration in awarding the commission to Herzog and de Meuron. My investigation links this 'gardenisation' of the art space in London to H&dMs more recent Museum of the Twentieth Century, which extends the New National Gallery by Mies on Berlin's culture forum.

Sustainable Development Goals
In brief

Research areas

Architecture, Aesthetics, Art History, Media Theory, Computation, Imagination

Skills / expertise

Architectural Design, History & Criticism

Supervision interests

Architecture, Aesthetics, Art History, Media Theory, Computation, Imagination
Sargant Fellowship, 2010

British School at Rome