PhD in Architectural Design (Passed without corrections),
Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 2011-16

MSc Urban Studies (Distinction),
Urban Lab, University College London, 2008-11

BA Geography (First-class honours),
University of Birmingham, 2003-06

Teaching positions and employment

Architectural History & Theory Tutor, BSc Architecture, BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies, MA Architectural History, MArch Architecture, MArch Urban Design,
Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2016-present

Research Ethics Fellow, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, 2016-present

Fugitive Images, collaborative art practice, 2012-present

Involve, co-founder of architecture collective, 2012-present

Visiting lecturer, critic, and external reviewer, Architectural Association, Bartlett School of Architecture, Central St Martins, Chelsea College of Art, Queen Mary University of London, University of Brighton, University of East London, 2012-present

Course Tutor, Urban Studies Masters, UCL, 2012-15

Research Assistant for ‘Ethics in Built Environment Research’ project led by Professor Jane Rendell, UCL, 2014

Co-editor for various publications, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2013

Research Assistant to Marcos Cruz, Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2013

Researcher (part-time), UK Parliament, 2009-13

Researcher, National Assembly for Wales, 2007-08

Research Intern, Shelter, 2006


David Roberts, ‘Housing Acts: performing public housing’, in Andrew Filmer and Juliet Rufford (eds.), Performing Architectures: Contemporary Projects, Practices and Pedagogies (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, forthcoming - 2017).

David Roberts, ‘‘We felt magnificent being up there’: Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower and the campaign to keep it public’, in Peter Guillery and David Kroll (eds.), Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London’s Past (London: RIBA Publishing, 2017), pp.141-162.

David Roberts, ‘Make Public: Performing Public Housing in Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower’, Journal of Architecture, vol. 22, no. 1 (2017), pp. 123-150. Available here

Jane Rendell and David Roberts, ‘Ethical Encounters’, The Bartlett Review (December 2016). Available here

David Roberts, ‘Three Demands’, RIBAJ (December 2016). Available here

Anne Louise Buckley, Briony Campbell, Chantel Forrester, Elam Forrester, Jahcheyse Forrester, Lorna Forrester, Rosie Fowler, Taina Galis, Steve Hart, Therese Henningsen, Lasse Johansson, Gillian McIver, Lewis Osbourne, Eric Phillip, David Roberts, Adam Rosenthal, Georgia Sangster, Ruth-Marie Tunkara, Smart Urhiofe, Julie Vandemark, Julia Vandemark, Cathy Ward, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman, ‘From ‘Heroin’ to Heroines’, in Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings (eds.), Engaged Urbanism: Cities & Methodologies (London: IB Tauris, 2016), pp. 73-82.

David Roberts, ‘Make Public: a building archive of London’s Balfron Tower’, in Yasminah Beebeejaun (ed.), The Participatory City (Berlin: Jovis, 2016), pp. 65-73.

David Roberts, ‘None of the Lively Detail’, in Eduardo Padilha and Torange Khonsari (eds.), My Home is Your Home (London: public works publishing, 2016), pp. 18-29.

David Roberts, Report in objection to Balfron Tower refurbishment proposal PA/15/02554 (2015). See here. This formed the basis of a joint petition by fearless current and former residents and tireless campaigners Balfron Social Club and Tower Hamlets Renters, here; an article in the Architects’ Journal, here, and; was heavily cited by Lord Michael Cashman in a House of Lords speech on the remaining challenges to the regeneration of east London, video here and Hansard transcription here

David Roberts, Balfron Tower: a building archive (2015). Available here

Fugitive Images, Estate, 83 min, LUX artists’ moving image agency (2015). A feature-length documentary/fiction film. See here

Theron Schmidt, John Pinder, Louise Owen, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, David Roberts and Sophie Hope, ‘Beyond Glorious: The Radical in Engaged Practices’, Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 24 no. 2 (2014), pp. 284-288. Available here

Thomas-Bernard Kenniff, Christian Parreño, Mariana Pestana, David Roberts and Danielle Willkens, ‘Lobby foreward’, in Lobby (London: Aldgate Press, 2014). Available here

David Roberts, ‘Telling Stories / Empty Words Build Empty Homes’, Opticon1826, vol. 16 (2014). Available here

Ben Campkin, David Roberts and Rebecca Ross (eds.) Regeneration Realities (Northampton: Belmont Press, 2013). Available here

David Roberts and Andrea Luka Zimmerman, ‘The Certainty of Uncertainty’, in Ben Campkin, David Roberts and Rebecca Ross (eds.) Regeneration Realities (Northampton: Belmont Press, 2013), pp. 11-12. Available here

Elam Forrester, Rosie Fowler, David Roberts and Polly Rodgers, Moving: An oral history of the Haggerston Estate (London: Printed, 2013). Available here

David Roberts and Amy Thomas, ‘Harmony and Discord’, in PhD Research Projects 2013 (London: Bartlett School of Architecture, 2013). Available here

David Roberts, Empty Words Build Empty Homes: A play for estates (London: Victory Press, 2012). Available here

David Roberts, ‘Collaberate’, in Magda Fabianczyk and Sophie Hoyle (eds.), We were trying to make sense...: Exploring Artist and Non-Artist Collaborations (London: An Endless Supply, 2012), pp. 33-36. Available here

Jon Anderson, Kye Askins, Ian Cook, Luke Desforges, James Evans, Maria Fannin, Duncan Fuller, Helen Griffiths, David Lambert, Roger Lee, Julie MacLeavy, Lucy Mayblin, John Morgan, Becky Payne, Jessica Pykett, David Roberts and Tracey Skelton, ‘What is geography's contribution to making citizens?’, Geography, vol. 93, no. 1 (2008), pp. 34-39. Available here

Ian Cook, James Evans, Helen Griffiths, Lucy Mayblin, Becky Payne and David Roberts, ‘‘Made in... ?’ appreciating the everyday geographies of connected lives?’, Teaching Geography (Summer 2007), pp. 80-83. Available here


am i here?, Radical Cities, Tate Modern, 06/2015

Real Estates, PEER, 02-03/2015

Banner, The Sixth Housing Estate, South London Gallery, 12/2014

Workshops 1-12, My Haggerston, Geffrye Museum, 04/2014

Estate, On Collaboration Symposium, Middlesex University, 05/2013

From Heroin to Heroines, CitiesMethodologies, UCL, 04/2013

Performing Public Housing, PhD Research Projects Exhibition, Bartlett School of Architecture, Wates House, UCL, 02/2013

From Heroin to Heroines, Radical London Portfolios, Rich Mix, 11/2012

The Estate Project, Samuel House, Photomonth, 10/2012

The Estate in Film, Samuel House, Open House Weekend, 09/2012

am i here?, CitiesMethodologies, UCL, 07/2012

Reconnections, CitiesMethodologies, UCL, 05/2010

Conference papers/Guest lectures/Public talks

School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, 05/2017

Uncommon, Spike Island, Bristol, 04/2017

Are You Sitting Comfortably?, Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA, 03/2017

Critical Written Reflection, Aarhus School of Architecture, 02/2017

Passagens, Chelsea College of Art, 01/2017

Situating Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, 12/2016

Art Practices & the Housing Crisis, Manchester People's History Museum, 11/2016

My Home is Your Home, The Showroom Gallery, 11/2016

Estate, a Reverie, ICA, 06/2016

Architecture in the Expanded Field, National Art Gallery, Vilnius, 06/2016

Estate, a Reverie, City Centre, Queen Mary University of London, 04/2016

Estate, a Reverie, Tate Modern, 04/2016

Practising Ethics in Built Environment Research Conference, The Bartlett, UCL, 06/2015

The Work of Art in the Age of Urban Cannibalism, Goldsmiths University, 03/2015

London Theatre Seminar, Senate House, 03/2015

London Metropolitan History Seminar, Senate House, 03/2015

MirrorCity, Hayward Gallery, 11/2014

International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Warwick University, 06/2014

Oral History Society Conference, Manchester University, 06/2014

Open School East, Rose Lipman Centre, De Beauvoir Town, 11/2013

Wits University, Johannesburg, 11/2013

Performative Reexistences, Italian Cultural Institute, 10/2013

Mobilising London's Housing Histories: The Provision of Homes since 1850, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, 06/2013

Stylistic Dead Ends? Fresh Perspectives on British Architecture Between the World Wars, St John's College, Oxford University, 06/2013

Beyond Glorious: The Radical in Engaged Practices, Birkbeck, 06/2013

Open House 2013: Collective Action on the Housing Crisis Facing People Across London, 05/2013

CitiesMethodologies, Slade Research Centre, 04/2013

Bartlett Research Exchange, UCL, 04/2013

PhD Research Projects Exhibition, Bartlett School of Architecture, Wates House, UCL, 03/2013

Sheffield University Architecture Society lecture series, Sheffield, 02/2013

PLACE: Roots - Journeying Home, Aldeburgh Festival, Snape, 02/2013

John Berger: Art and Property Now exhibition, Somerset House, 11/2012

Open House Weekend, 09/2012

Estate, Whitechapel Gallery, 09/2012

CitiesMethodologies, Slade Research Centre, 07/2012

Open City Documentary Festival, UCL, 06/2012

One Day in the City - Festival of London and Literature, UCL, 06/2012

ART/E/FACT, Stour Space, 06/2012

Common Grounds Conference, Sheffield Architecture School, 05/2012

StadtKolloquium Conference, UCL, 03/2012

Step Forward & Network, Haggerston Community Centre, 12/2011

Shoreditch Festival, Shoreditch Trust Information Point, Haggerston, 07/2011

Conversations at the Elephant, Studio at the Elephant, Elephant and Castle, 07/2011

Visionary Trading Project, Five Years, Hackney, 07/2011

CitiesMethodologies, Slade Research Centre, 05/2010


RIBA President’s Award for Research 2016 winner and recipient of High Commendation, 2016

Central Saint Martins Restless Futures funding, 2015

UCL Grand Challenges funding, 2014

Architecture for Humanity Ideas on a Postcard winner, 2014

UCL Public Engagement funding, 2013

Open City Arch-Innovate Competition, 2013

Shortlisted for CINECITY Architectural Film Project, judged by Bernard Tschumi and others, 2013

Shortlisted for Artangel Idea for London, 2012

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts funding, 2012

UCL Train and Engage funding, 2012

UCL Graduate Research Scholarship and an AHRC Studentship in Architectural Design, 2011-14

University of Birmingham prize for highest graded student and for highest graded dissertation, 2006

Urban Geography Research Group, Runner-up prize in the national dissertation award for Unwelcome in the City: Exclusion of the Homeless in Liverpool, 2006

Featured work

Morgan Quaintance, ‘Rules of Engagement’, Art Monthly, 10/2016. See here

Ruta Leitanaite, ‘Mano namai – socialinis bustas’, Žiniu radijas, 06/2016. Available here

Morgan Quaintance, ‘Teleology and the Turner Prize or: Utility, the New Conservatism’, e-flux, 12/2015. See here

Lord Michael Cashman, ‘Speech in debate: The regeneration of East London since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the remaining challenges’, House of Lords, 11/2015. See video here and Hansard transcription here

Vanessa Crawford, ‘Balfron residents: 'Privatising the tower will segregate the community’’, Architects’ Journal, 11/2015. See here

James Dunnett, ‘Response to Alasdair Young at Historic England’, in Colin Marrs, ‘Historic England throws weight behind Balfron plans’, Architects’ Journal, 10/2015. See here

Simon Bettina, Égbe Emelt Utcák, Avagy a Jóléti Álom Végy: Balfron Tower - Ernö Goldfinger brutalista utópiája, Artmagazin, 10/2015.

Colin Marrs and Will Hurst, ‘RIBA and ARB ethical codes attacked’, Architects’ Journal, 07/2015. See here

Benjamin Mortimer, ‘Balfron Tower: Unseen documents shed light on controversial sale’, East End Review, 05/2015. See here

James Taylor-Foster, ‘Explore Erno Goldfinger's Balfron Tower Through A New Online Archive’, Arch Daily, 04/2015. See here

Benjamin Mortimer, ‘Hoxton gallery hosts social housing project’, East End Review, 03/2015. See here

Time Out, ‘Top 5 selected galleries and exhibitions’, Whitechapel Gallery, 03/2015. See here

Paul Murphy, ‘Real Estates exhibitions—bringing together key social issues’, Socialist Worker, 03/2015. See here

The News Agents, ‘Housing Crisis’, Resonance FM, 03/2015. Listen here

Rooney John, ‘Fugitive Images, highlighting the need for housing reform’, Big Issue Online Journalists, 02/2015. See here

James Dunnett, ‘The Ecstasy of Space’, DOCOMOMO-UK (Winter 2014), pp. 8-9. Available here

Jane Rendell, ‘The siting of writing and the writing of sites’, in Matthew Carmona (ed.), Explorations in Urban Design: An Urban Design Research Primer (Surrey: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 219-230

Mariana Pestana, ‘New lexicons of hospitality', Homeland 2nd Edition, Portuguese Pavillion, Venice Biennale (2014), p. 14. Available here

Iain Sinclair, ‘W.G Sebald: A German Genius in Britain’, BBC Radio 4, 05/2014. Listen here

David Roberts and Andrea Luka Zimmerman interview with Alisha Haridasani, ‘Re-imagining Council Housing’, Thinking in Practice, 09/2013. See here

Kim Hoefnagels, ‘Architectural Film Festival Rotterdam’, a10 New European Architecture, v.52 (July/August 2013), p. 10. Available here

Tom Wilkinson, ‘Back from the dead: Interwar Modernism’, Architectural Review, v.233 (August 2013), pp. 18-20. Available here

David Roberts, ‘Empty Words Build Empty Homes’ in Marcos Cruz (ed.), Bartlett School of Architecture Catalogue (London: Bartlett School of Architecture, 2013), p. 343

David Roberts, ‘Faltering Fullback’, Building Design, 2013. See here

The Urbanist issue 80 interview with Ben Campkin, Monocle, 2013. Listen here

David Roberts, ‘Empty Words Build Empty Homes’, in PhD Research Projects (London: Bartlett School of Architecture, 2013), pp. 16-17. Available here

Gareth Evans, ‘Estate’, Garageland (2012). See here

Mariana Pestana, ‘Estate’, Design Exchange (2012), pp. 92-95. Available here

i was here, ‘Top Pick’ for Open House Weekend, Time Out, 2012. See here