Mr Pete Collard

Research project: The Uses of Film in Architecture Exhibitions: Exploring a Dialectical Relationship


My thesis will consider the use of film as a didactic or representative interpretation tool within the specific context of architecture exhibitions, studying how exhibition visitors engage with, and draw meaning from, film presented within the display of other forms of architectural representation, such as models, drawings and photographs. The research explores the role of the museum or gallery as an architectural construct and considers how our spatial perception of the exhibition design and placement of film screens can influence our reading of the content. By drawing upon different theoretical positions from the fields of architecture, film and museum studies, alongside reviews of contemporary curatorial practice, the research will reflect my professional practice as a curator, where I have been directly involved in the commissioning, production and installation of films within different exhibition contexts.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: The Uses of Film in Architecture Exhibitions: Exploring a Dialectical Relationship
  • Research supervisor: Dr Alexandra Stara
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Jana Scholze


I am a contemporary architecture and design curator, writer and researcher who has worked at several leading museums and in institutions in the UK including the Design Museum, the British Council and most recently, the V&A. As a curator I have produced exhibitions across Europe and the USA, with projects including Designs of the Year, Design Museum, London (2013), Austurland: Designs From Nowhere, Spark Design Space, Reykjavik (2014), Life on Foot, Design Museum, London (2015), This is Green River, John Wesley Powell River Museum, Utah (2015) and Labor, Lisbon Architecture Triennal (2016). I have also worked as a producer on a number of architectural film studies, documenting the work of Louis Kahn, Erno Goldfinger and RIchard Neutra among others. 

Areas of research interest

  • Architecture
  • Exhibitions
  • Film
  • Curating
  • Archives


  • MA Curating Contemporary Design, Kingston University
  • MA History of Design and Material Culture, University of Brighton
  • BA History of Art with Italian, University of Sussex