Simon Unwin is a freelance writer and lecturer based in Cardiff, UK.
He is a registered architect but concentrates on writing about architecture and teaching architectural analysis and design. Simon Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he was Professor from 2004 to 2009. Previously he was Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University, Wales. He has lived in Australia as well as the UK and taught or lectured in Israel, the USA, China, Malaysia, India, Sweden, Turkey and at other schools of architecture in the UK and Europe.
He has been a member of the panel of judges for a number of architectural prizes and awards including The Andrew Doolan Prize for Architecture in Scotland (2006) and the RIBA President’s Medals Dissertation Prize (2008). He was a Keynote speaker at the 26th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student held at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in March 2010.
Clear and accessible, Analysing Architecture opens a fresh way to understanding architecture. It offers a unique ‘notebook’ of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author’s original...
Published January 26th 2009 by Routledge
Learning to Think as an Architect
Architecture is a doing word. You can learn a great deal about the workings of architecture through analysing examples but a fuller understanding of its powers and potential comes through practice, by trying to do it...
This book offers student architects a series of exercises that will develop...
Published January 5th 2012 by Routledge
Have you ever wondered how the ideas behind the world’s greatest architectural designs came about? What process does an architect go through to design buildings which become world-renowned for their excellence?
This book reveals the secrets behind these buildings. He asks you to ‘read’...
Published February 28th 2010 by Routledge
An Architecture Notebook builds on the foundation of Simon Unwin's previous book Analysing Architecture (Routledge, 1997). Using numerous examples, illustrated with clear line drawings, this volume describes and illustrates the many powers attaching to one of the most basic of architectural...
Published September 27th 2000 by Routledge
Though we may take them for granted, doorways impinge on our lives in many ways. Their powers are even richer and more varied than those of the wall. They can change the ways we behave, and alter how we see our surroundings. They challenge us and protect our territories. They punctuate our...
Published December 5th 2007 by Routledge