My research interests lie across and between the disciplines of architecture, archaeology, and anthropology. Particular areas of research expertise in this interdisciplinary field include:
With a team from Newcastle University I am a Co-Investigator on the 3-year AHRC-funded project, Wastes and Strays: The Past, Present and Future of English Urban Commons.
Last year I organised a conference at the University of Brighton titled Tangible and Intangible Commons to explore other strands of commons thinking.
The Structure of Architectural Interdisciplinarity
The visual and analogical foundations of design-centred disciplines. In particular understanding disciplines as borderless centres of practice which, for design, proceed through the making of, often, visual artefacts, afforded meaning through analogical interconnectedness.
Drawing between Architecture, Archaeology and Anthropology
I make work – drawings and texts – between the historically interconnected disciplines of architecture, archaeology and anthropology. A chapter in Architecture and Anthropology explores some of these parallels:
Zambelli, Alessandro. “Occlusions of the Operational Sequence: A Coincidental Conversation between Robert Matthew and André Leroi-Gourhan in Six Diagrams.” In Architecture and Anthropology, edited by Adam Jasper. London: Routledge, 2018.
The Theory of Architectural Practice
Within architecture itself my research, as well as my lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, seeks to understand both architectural history and theory, and the professional practice of architecture, as differences of emphasis rather than differences of category; that architecture is the product of a constant shuttling between practice and theory.