Job title: Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory

Role: ESALA Research Convener

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2319


Research: See Dr Tahl Kaminer on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Current PhD students

Laura Bowie

Magnus Lawrie

Bassam Al Shiekh

Anastasia Sakka

Lizzie Smith

Sarah Borree

Wan Nor Wahidah Syumaiyah W Kamaruddin

PhD Supervision Topics

Tahl Kaminer is currently Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory and Research Convener for the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

Tahl completed his PhD at TU Delft in 2008, and was Assistant Professor before relocating to Edinburgh in 2012. He received his MSc Architecture Theory and History from the Bartlett in 2003. He is a co-founder of the academic journal Footprint, where he was production editor from 2007-12, and co-editor of three issues. He has published two monographs with Routledge, The Efficacy of Architecture (2017) and Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation (2011), and co-edited three anthologies. 

In 2004 he co-founded the non-profit foundation 66 East, which ran twenty exhibitions, multiple screenings, events and lectures in a space in east Amsterdam.

Tahl’s research has two main tracks. The first focuses on the role of the discipline and practice of architecture in society. It studies the manner in which architecture is determined by political economy, ideology, and politics, and the manner in which it affects them. The second track studies the means of social amelioration via urban transformation.

His teaching has included theory lectures, seminars and architectural design courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is currently course organiser of the 2nd year architectural design studio In Place and of the postgraduate Urban Project course and Everyday Cultures seminar, as well as contributing to many others.

Key research outputs

T. Kaminer, The Efficacy of Architecture: Political Contestation and Agency (London; New York: Routledge, 2017).

T. Kaminer, Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture (London; New York: Routledge, 2011).

H. Heynen, J.L. Genard, & T. Kaminer (eds) Critical Tools (Brussels: La Lettre Vollee, 2012).

T. Kaminer, H. Sohn & M. R. Duran (eds) Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2011).

T.Kaminer, J.J.Berg, M.Schoonderbeek, J. Zonneveld (eds) Houses in Transformation: Interventions in European Gentrification (Rotterdam: NAI Publishers, 2008).

Kaminer, Tahl. 2017. “Von Ledoux Bis Mies”. In .
Kaminer, Tahl. 2017. The Efficacy Of Architecture. The Efficacy Of Architecture. Routledge.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2016. “Capital A”. In Asymmetric Labors. The Architecture Lobby.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2015. “The Elusiveness Of Welfare State Specificity”. Footprint 9 (2).
Kaminer, Tahl. 2015. “Кризис Планирования И Постфордистский Город”. In Постфордизм. Rosspen.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2014. Architecture, Crisis And Resuscitation (In Korean). Architecture, Crisis And Resuscitation (In Korean). Spacetime Publisher.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2014. “The Contradictions Of Participatory Architecture And Empire”. Architecture Research Quarterly 18 (1).
“Editor”. 2014. In Architecture &; Situation: No. 4. Vol. 4.
Kaminer, Tahl, and Maros Krivy. 2013. “Introduction: The Participatory Turn In Urbanism”. Footprint 7 (2).
“The Participatory Turn In Urbanism”. 2013. Footprint 7 (2).
Kaminer, Tahl. 2013. “In Search Of Architectural Efficacy”. In Is There An (Anti-)Neoliberal Architecture?. Jovis.
Critical Tools. 2011. Critical Tools. La Lettre Volee.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2011. “The Ruins Of The British Welfare State”. Footprint 5 (2).
Urban Asymmetries. 2011. Urban Asymmetries. 010.
Kaminer, Tahl, and Dirk van den Heuvel. 2011. “Defying The Avant-Garde Logic”. Footprint Spring 2011 (8).
Kaminer, Tahl. 2011. Architecture, Crisis And Resuscitation. Architecture, Crisis And Resuscitation. London & NY: Routledge.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2011. “Reformism, Critique, Radicalism”. In Critical Tools. La Lettre Volee.
Kaminer, Tahl, and Lukasz Stanek. 2011. “‘This Is Not An Academic Text’”. In 20|20. AA Publications.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2010. “City And Society”. In New Towns For The 21St Century. Sun Publishers.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2010. “The Triumph Of The Insignificant”. In Trash Culture. Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2009. “Framing Colomina”. Footprint.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2009. “The Decline Of The Industrial City”. In The New Urban Question.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2008. “Expelling The Slum”. In Houses In Transformation. Nai Publishers.
Houses In Transformation. 2008. Houses In Transformation. Nai Publishers.
Kaminer, Tahl. 2007. “Autonomy And Commerce”. Architecture Research Quarterly 11 (1).