Troiani, I. and Periton, D. (eds) (2013) Architecture and Culture: the AHRA Journal, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London

Architecture and Culture is an international journal that investigates the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes and is shaped by it. Architecture and Culture publishes explorations that are rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating. From historians of culture and architecture, from geographers, anthropologists and other social scientists, from architects and urban designers, from filmmakers, animators and other artists, from thinkers and writers of all kinds, established and new, it solicits essays, critical reviews, interviews, fictional narratives in both words and images, art and building projects, and design hypotheses. Architecture and Culture aims to promote a conversation between all those who are curious about what architecture might be and what it can do.

Vol. 1, Issues no. 1&2 ‘Discipline’, November 2013
Vol. 2. Issue no. 1, 'Dissidence', March 2014
Vol. 2, Issue no.2, 'Disciplinary Practices', July 2014


I am currently writing a book titled Architecture Filmmaking: Travelogue of an Illegal Architect. I hope to publish it in 2014. I am co-edited of the book, The Politics of Making.. It was the outcome of a conference I organised primarily on my own. I recently published a book of photographs taken by my design students while on their travels in Turkey titled Consuming the Exotic.

Troiani, I. (2013) Consuming the Exotic: Young architect tourists in Turkey, Oxford: Original Field of Architecture Ltd.
Consuming the Exotic pdf

Swenarton, Mark, Troiani, Igea and Webster, Helena (eds.) (2007), The Politics of Making, London: Routledge
Politics of Making pdf


I completed my PhD in 2005. It is titled The Politics of Friends in Modern Architecture, 1949-1987. My supervisor was Professor Jennifer Taylor.

In essence, my PhD was the study of friendship and enmity as understood in philosophy. I spent enormous time reading about the most famous friendships recorded in history and critiquing the role of gender is seminal influential friendships. I translated what I defined in the PhD as ‘the movement of philein’ from friendship to enmity into three social histories of modern architecture. The histories were of the couplings, the Smithsons; Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi; and the early OMA. The social histories are histories of dissidence, of youngers rebelling against the beliefs of their elders and contesting institutional norms.

I produced a series of fictitious photographs accompanying the social histories. Included here are some of my favourites.

Other writings

Troiani, I. (2013) “Eco-topia: “Living with Nature” in Edilia, Iceland”, Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), 67/1 Special Issue: ‘Architecture and Utopia’: 96-105.
Eco-topia pdf

Troiani, I. (2013) “Sci-fi Eco-Architecture: science fiction, sustainability and design studio”, arq: Architecture Research Quarterly, 16/4: 313-324.
Sci-fi Eco-Architecture pdf

Troiani, I. (2012) “Zaha: An Image of ‘The Woman Architect’”, Architectural Theory Review, 17/2-3: 346-364.
Zaha pdf

Troiani, I. (2011) “Excurcus 3: Complex Ordinariness in Oxford: House after Two Years of Living”, in Gerald Adler, Timothy Brittain Catlin and Gordana Fontana Giusti (eds.), Scale: Imagination, Perception and Practice in Architecture, (Critiques: Critical studies in Architectural Humanities Series), London: Routledge, pp. 147-155.
Excurcus 3 pdf

Troiani, I. (2010) “An Architectural Genogram: Writing Architectural history based on the transfer of Social Capital”, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 5, 7: 347-364.
Architectural Genogram pdf

Troiani, I. (2010) “‘Stirling’s worth’: the quality of the Florey Building, Oxford”, in Dutoit, A., J. Odgers and A. Sharr (eds.) Quality out of Control: Standards for Measuring Architecture, London: Routledge, pp. 137-147.
Quality out of Control pdf

Troiani, I. (2008) “Histories of the Florey building: Client versus Architectural Biographer”, SAHANZ proceedings 2008 ‘History in Practice’ (CD Rom).
Histories of the Florey pdf

Troiani, I. (2008) “Viva Stirling’s Florey building”, in Van den Heuvel, D., M. Mesman, W. Quist and B. Lemmens (eds.) The Challenge of Change: Dealing with the Legacy of the Modern Movement, Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 121-126.
Florey building pdf

Troiani, I. (2007) “Architectural History, Friendship and Filmed Conversations” in Rendell, J., J. Hill, M. Fraser and M. Dorrian (eds.) Critical Architecture, London: Routledge, pp.124-128.
Architectural History pdf

Troiani, I. (2007) ‘‘Stirling’s worth’: Architectural quality and the Florey building, Oxford’, arq: Architecture Research Quarterly, 11, 3/4: 291-299.
Stirling’s worth pdf

Troiani, I. (2006) “Deserved Exposure: Stuart McIntosh’s Architecture, 1953-63”, Fabrications, 16, 2: 28-43.
Deserved Exposure pdf

Troiani, I. (June 2005), “Writing Architectural History as Documentary”, The Journal of Architecture, 10, 3: 275-284.
Writing Architectural History pdf

Troiani, I. (2005) “Acknowledging the presence of politics in historiography”, SAHANZ proceedings, pp. 367-371.
Acknowledging the presence pdf

Troiani, I. (2005) “From Bauhaus to the Queensland house: Legacies of Hayes and Scott”, in A. Wilson (ed.) Hayes & Scott: Post-war houses, University of Queensland Press: St. Lucia, pp. 92-101.
From Bauhaus pdf

Troiani, I. (2004) “Learning from the Collaborative Process”, C. Campbell (ed.) The Built Environment, Cranbrook Press: Toowoomba, pp. 50-51.
Collaborative Process pdf

Troiani, I. (2004) “Building Mayne Hall: Architects and patrons talking about (un-) friendly architectural collaborations”, SAHANZ proceedings, Volume 02, pp. 503-508.
Building Mayne Hall pdf

Troiani, I. (2003) “Friendship and Warring in Modern Architecture: The history of early OMA”, SAHANZ proceedings, pp. 326-331.
Friendship and Warring in Modern Arch pdf

Troiani, I. (2001) “The impact of homely order on shaping the future of a young girl: A romance novel and a “House of the Future” by Alison and Peter Smithson”, SAHANZ proceedings, pp. 273-280.
Impact of Homely Order pdf

Troiani, I. (2000) “There is nothing wrong with being ‘ordinary’: Beauty in the architectural campaigns of the Smithsons”, HABITUS proceedings, (CD Rom).
There is nothing wrong pdf

Troiani, I. (2000) “Truth-telling and the emancipation of women in twentieth century architectural history”, SAHANZ proceedings, pp. 567-574.
Truth-telling and the emancipation pdf

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