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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
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
PhD Architecture and Design, RMIT University
2012 → 2017
Masters of Arts (Fine Art), University of Edinburgh
2008 → 2009
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Auckland
2003 → 2004
Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of Auckland
1998 → 2000
Research area keywords
- Installation Art
- Creative practice research ethics
- Spatial design
- 1 Finished
Cottrell, C., 2020, In: IDEA Journal. 17, 2, p. 105-120 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Andrew Elliott, S. & Cottrell, C., 2019, In: Journal for Artistic Research. 17
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access
16 Dec 2019
Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and Events › Public event
Press / Media
1 item of Media coverage
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social Media › Podcasts
1 Media contribution