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Personal profile


Dr Chris Cottrell's creative practice explores our relationship to the built environment, with a focus on helping us to recognise and care about the subtle or invisible forces that influence the world around us. Working with air, pressure, breath, movement, textiles, optical effects, sound and listening, the broader question is one of how we can create meaningful relationships to our surrounding environments. He is currently designing new environments for living and studying in collaboration with people on the autism spectrum.

Dr Cottrell’s research practice is inherently relational, prioritising collaboration with other participants and drawing out opportunities from material and contextual cues. He describes this practice as ‘architectural judo’, a transversal practice that operates across installation and performative art, architecture, interior design and writing. This practice is informed by his PhD studies at RMIT University, his professional training in Architecture (University of Auckland) and Masters in Fine Art (Edinburgh College of Art).

He has exhibited extensively in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom and held international artist residencies in Slovenia, Scotland and New Zealand. His writing has been published in Leonardo, IDEA Journal, International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design and Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts. Research activities are archived at architecturaljudo.org

Supervision interests

Transdisciplinary research in spatial design, interiors, architecture, installation and performance art, public space. Speculative futures.

Ephemeral architectures, playful and performative approaches to spatial design.

Posthumanist thought and the ethics of environmentally situated creative practices.

Monash teaching commitment

Program Director, Bachelor of Spatial Design

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Architecture and Design, RMIT University


Masters of Arts (Fine Art), University of Edinburgh


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Auckland


Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of Auckland


Research area keywords

  • Interior
  • Architecture
  • Performance
  • Installation Art
  • Creative practice research ethics
  • Atmospheres
  • Spatial design

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Research Output

  • 6 Design / Architecture
  • 6 Article
  • 5 Commissioned or Visual Artwork
  • 1 Creative Work

Building Material Conversations

Andrew Elliott, S. & Cottrell, C., 2019, In : Journal for Artistic Research. 17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Sounding the Air

Cottrell, C., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch


Cottrell, C., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

Notes for Atmospheric-Making - SM

Cottrell, C., 2017, In : Leonardo Electronic Almanac. 22, 1, 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

The Complexity of Containment

Cottrell, C., Hamilton, O. & Miller, A., 2017, IE: Studio, 1, p. 9-13 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch


Meeting Pavilion Competition - SHORTLISTED

Cottrell, Chris (Recipient), Freya Robinson (Recipient), Vivienne La (Recipient) & Nick Rebstadt (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Practice Ecology Research Intensive

Chris Cottrell (Keynote/plenary speaker)

21 Jul 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Neurodiversity and Creative Practice seminar

Chris Cottrell (Organiser), , Mattie Sempert (Organiser), & Andrew Goodman (Organiser)

5 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Body of Knowledge: Art and Embodied Cognition

Chris Cottrell (Speaker)

27 Jun 201929 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

An approach developed within the materiality of text

Chris Cottrell (Performer), & Scott Andrew Elliott (Performer)

28 Jul 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPerformance/exhibition

External reviewer: Masters of Architecture program

Chris Cottrell (Fellow)


Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Press / Media

ABC Radio: 'Spiteful Architecture'

Chris Cottrell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment