Dr Emma Cheatle is recognised at annual RIBA awards.
22 Dec 2014
Lecturer Dr Emma Cheatle, who joined the University of Brighton this term to teach on the MArch and BA Architecture course, has just won a commendation for her PhD research from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in its annual President’s Awards for Research.
Dr Cheatle’s thesis is entitled ‘Part-architecture: the Maison de Verre through the Large Glass’, a detailed study of the iconic modernist building the Maison de Verre (Pierre Chareau, 1928–32), explored through the ideas of the Large Glass (Marcel Duchamp, 1915–23). The Large Glass depicts a repeated act of unconsummated sexual relations, in lead, dust and paint on two large framed glass planes. These subject matters and materials are used as tools to draw out and challenge related concepts and materials in the Maison de Verre. Through an original form of architectural research – part-architecture – which uses femininst and psychoanalytic methodologies, the thesis establishes a new socio-sexual analysis of the building in 1930s Paris.
Her research was described by the judging panel as: “A sophisticated PhD with significant attention to detail and reflection. The judges found the historical aspect interesting and the descriptions of buildings enlightening and original. The judges were happy to commend the work as the author’s analytical approach was strong and rational.”
The RIBA awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination to the profession; they raise the profile of architects and academics engaged in research, and highlight the need for research across the profession to nurture innovation and strategic thinking.