Job title: Lecturer in Architectural Design

Role: Programme Director, Architecture PhD/MPhil

Tel: +44 (0) 01316515786

Email: Moa.Carlsson@ed.ac.uk

Office address: Minto House, room 4.06

Research outputs: Dr Moa Carlsson on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Moa Carlsson is a Lecturer in Architectural Design researching histories of 20th Century infrastructure, computer mapping and information technology in landscape and urban planning.

She was awarded her Ph.D. (2019) and M.Sc. (2013) in Design and Computation from MIT, and her M.Arch. (2008) from Lund University, Sweden. During the 2015/2016 academic year, Moa was a visiting doctoral student at the University of Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), and a research affiliate at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) archives in Reading.

Moa has previously taught studios, and history and theory seminars at MIT, The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), The Boston Architecture College, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and The Architectural Association (AA). Before earning her Ph.D., she worked professionally in architecture and landscape architecture in London, New York, Vienna and Sweden.

Moa is a member of The European Architectural History Network (EAHN), The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB), The Landscape Research Group (LRG), The Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and The Science and Democracy Network (SDN).

Between August 2021-March 2023, she is a fellow of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)-Mellon Foundation Digital Now: Architecture and Intersectionality multidisciplinary research project. 

During Semester 1 of Academic year 2021/2022, Moa will teach two elective courses on the History of Computer-Aided Design after 1960. The course codes are ARCH10044 (SCQF Level 10 - Year 4 Undergraduate) and ARCH11278 (SCQF Level 11 - Postgraduate).

Dr Moa Carlsson is a Lecturer in Architectural Design researching histories of 20th Century infrastructure, computer mapping and information technology in landscape and urban planning.

Her book project in progress, Scenic Calculations, traces how landscape architects and planning practitioners in 1960s Great Britain began to productively blend concepts of picturesque theory, military calculations of lines-of-sight and intervisibility, and computer graphics. It argues that computers  and mathematical abstractions helped practitioners consolidate existing practices and resources into a technological framework that aided industrial expansion. 

 

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

Urban and rural history; 20th Century landscape history; Histories of urban planning; Technology and Design; History of computing; History of mapping and GIS; History and theory of models, modeling and simulation