Dr Christoph Lueder


I joined Kingston University in 2007; from 2016-18 I was School Director of Research at the School of Art and Architecture and since 2016 I am Faculty Research Ethics Lead. Previously, I had researched and taught at ETH Zürich, the University of Stuttgart and Canterbury School of Architecture. After graduating from the University of Stuttgart in 1993, I practised architecture and urban design with Behnisch & Partners and Auer + Weber, Stuttgart before setting up my practice in Zürich. Buildings that I have been responsible for as project leader include the new University Library Magdeburg (completed 2003, won in competition 1998), social housing in Ingolstadt, Germany (1998), and an urban design and housing project for Anting New Town in Shanghai, China (2005).

I have lectured widely in the UK and internationally including at the Deutsche Architektur Museum Frankfurt, ICA London, ETH Zurich, METU Ankara, Turkey, German Jordanian University Amman, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies Mumbai, CEPT University Ahmedabad, Tashkeel Gallery Dubai, UAE, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand, and Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.

I have been an external examiner at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth from 2014-17. I review book proposals for Routledge and Fairchild Books and am peer reviewer for academic journals such as ARQ, UDI, Architectural Design, The Journal of Architecture and Urban Studies Journal. As of 2023, I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

I hold research funding awards from the Global Challenges Research Fund (2018 and 2020) from the RIBA Research Fund (2021-23) and the Graham Foundation New York, USA (2023-25) supporting the research project "How to Build with Time? Learning from Bimanagar, Ahmedabad" (http://howtobuildwithtime.org). Previous research funding includes an award from the British Council (2021) for the project "About Making" (www.about-making.com).

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor Architecture and Urbanism


  • Dipl.-Ing. Architecture and Urban Design, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kingston University London, 2017

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My research engages the pervasive roles of diagrams as analytical, generative, narrative and critical devices manifest in design practices that draw on thick cultural milieus and that operate at corporeal, architectural and urban scales. 

Building on this theoretical strand of my research, I have been investigating representation more widely in urban planning, participatory urbanism, co-production of space by architects and inhabitants, and irregular urbanism.

In collaboration with communities and international academic partners, I have undertaken field research on Schlieren, Switzerland (supported by a research funding award from the ETH Zürich), Jabal Al Natheef, Amman, Jordan (supported by research funding from the Heinrich Böll Foundation), Ban Krua, Bangkok, Thailand, Cerro de la Cruz, Valparaiso, Chile (supported by a Santander Research Mobility Grant).

I am currently researching collaboratively on the co-production of space by the architect BV Doshi and inhabitants of Bimanagar, Ahmedabad, India; an edited book disseminating this research is forthcoming in 2025. The project is supported by grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund, the RIBA Research Fund and the Graham Foundation New York.

I have served internationally as external examiner of PhD theses. At Kingston I serve as Postgraduate Research Coordinator at the Department of Architecture and Landscape.

PhD supervision

I supervise doctoral research on representation in urban planning, participatory urbanism, co-production of space by architects and inhabitants over time, co-housing, informalisation and appropriation, irregular urbanism, cross-cultural perspectives and experiences of urbanisation. I welcome proposals from ambitious students in those areas.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 37.


Lueder, Christoph [Reviewer] (2023) Book Review of 'Unsettled urban space : routines, temporalities and contestations' edited by Tihomir Viderman, Sabine Knierbein, Elina Kränzle, Sybille Frank, Nikolai Roskamm and Ed Wall. Urban Studies, ISSN (print) 0042-0980 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Lueder, Christoph (2021) Corbusian space and urban corpus : the Unité d’habitation in Marseille and the Bastide town of Monpazier. The Journal of Architecture, 26, pp. 1031-1053. ISSN (print) 1360-2365

Lueder, Christoph (2018) Urban villages and informal settlements as protagonists of urban futures. URBAN DESIGN International, 23(1), pp. 4-21. ISSN (print) 1357-5317

Lueder, Christoph (2017) Evaluator, choreographer, ideologue, catalyst : the disparate reception histories of Alexander Klein's graphical method. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76(1), pp. 82-106. ISSN (print) 0037-9808

Lueder, Christoph (2015) Proximity : the unfolding of a Koolhaasian hypothesis in book space and architectural space. Journal of Architectural Education, 69(2), pp. 187-196. ISSN (print) 1046-4883

Lueder, Christoph (2015) Poche. The Innominate Evolution of a Koolhaasian Technique. OASE: Journal for Architecture(94), ISSN (print) 0169-6238

Lueder, Christoph (2014) Los mapas como abstraccion y espacio imaginativo : representando el urbanismo informal = Maps as abstraction and imaginative space : representing informal urbanism. Revista Materia Arquitectura, 6(10), pp. 46-55. ISSN (print) 0718-7033

Lueder, Christoph (2014) Social fabric and spatial permuation - Ban Krua, Bangkok. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 2(3), pp. 148-155. ISSN (print) 2095-5405

Lueder, Christoph (2014) Upside down or sideways up : corporeality, architecture and urbanism in translations between ground and image plane. Journal Of Architecture, 19(6), pp. 923-948. ISSN (print) 1360-2365

Lueder, Christoph (2013) Diagram utopias: rota and network as instrument and mirror of Utopia and Agronica. Journal of Architectural Education, 67(2), pp. 224-233. ISSN (print) 1046-4883

Lueder, Christoph (2011) Thinking between diagram and image: the ergonomics of abstraction and imitation. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 15(1), pp. 57-67. ISSN (print) 1359-1355

Lueder, Christoph and Wall, Ed (2011) The iconic and the charged field. Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 1(3), pp. 85-102. ISSN (print) 2154-8676

Mckenzie, Jordan and Lueder, Christoph (2008) Quadject. KIOSK(2), pp. 84-91. ISSN (print) 1755-9626

Lueder, Christoph (1993) Exchange House. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 41(7), pp. 1189-1194. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) No speculative architecture = Keine spekulative Architektur. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), pp. 62-67. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Zen oder die Kunst der Inszenierung mit Glas, Raum und Licht = Zen or the art of setting the scene with glass, space and light. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), pp. 52-57. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Natural History Museum : Brucken und Schluchten. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift)(10), pp. 1427-1434. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Sackler Galleries. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(10), pp. 1421-1434. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Embankment Place. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(8), pp. 1139-1147. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Hôtel Industríel Berlier in Paris. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(4), pp. 489-494. ISSN (print) 0011-4782

Lueder, Christoph (1992) Reina Sophia Museum of Modern Art. D.B.Z. (Deutsche Bauzeitschrift), 40(10), pp. 1435-1440. ISSN (print) 0011-4782


Al Jabi, Mohammad , Najada, Heba , Al Jabi, Liyan , Lueder, Christoph and Malaescu, Alexandru, eds. (2014) Mapping Jabal Al Natheef. Amman, Jordan : Heinrich Boll Foundation. 144p. ISBN 9789957870607

Lueder, Christoph, ed. (2008) Extensive intensive. Canterbury, U.K. : UCA Canterbury School of Architecture. 70p. ISBN 9780955822506

Lueder, Christoph (2008) project : perform. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University London. ISBN 9780955474477

Book Section

Martín Lopez, Lucía, Lueder, Christoph and Cano Pineiro, Almudena (2020) Marginalised development and ad-hoc tactics for growth. In: Cupples, Julie and Slater, Tom, (eds.) Producing and contesting urban marginality : interdisciplinary and comparative dialogues. London, U.K. : Rowman & Littlefield International Ltd. pp. 161-188. (Transforming capitalism) ISBN 9871786606402

Lueder, Christoph (2019) Book-worlds and ordering systems as sites of invention. In: Psarra, Sophia, (ed.) The production sites of architecture. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 89-109. ISBN 9781138559431

Lueder, Christoph (2018) Saul Steinberg's 'Graph Paper Architecture' : humourous drawings and diagrams as instruments of critique. In: Rosso, Michela, (ed.) Laughing at architecture : architectural histories of humour, satire and wit. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 209-228. ISBN 9781350022768

Lueder, Christoph (2018) Situationists. In: Arrigo, Bruce A., (ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security and Privacy. London, U.K. : Sage. pp. 914-917. 3 ISBN 9781483359946

Lueder, Christoph (2014) London Underground Diagram (1931) by Harry Beck. In: Lees-Maffei, Grace, (ed.) Iconic Designs: 50 stories about 50 things. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Visual Arts. pp. 34-37. ISBN 9780857853523

Lueder, Christoph (2012) Diagram ecologies − diagrams as science and game board. In: Cox, Philip , Plimmer, Beryl and Rodgers, Peter, (eds.) Diagrammatic representation and inference: 7th international conference, Diagrams 2012 Canterbury, UK, July 2-6, 2012 Proceedings. London : Springer. pp. 214-232. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Sub series: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), 7352) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783642312229

Conference or Workshop Item

Lueder, Christoph (2015) Diagrams for writing and reading architectural and urban space. In: Plague of Diagrams : Symposium; 22 Aug 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lueder, Christoph (2013) The London tube map as a shared public diagram. In: Going Underground : Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013; 17 - 18 Jan 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lueder, Christoph (2007) re:view / re:make. In: Architecture, urbanism & curatorship: 4th annual AHRA international conference; 17 - 18 Nov 2007, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Lueder, C, Gesswein & Henkel, ., Shanghai Aeronautics and Aerospace Design Institute, . and Siegfried Wuchner, . (2005) Anting New Town, Shanghai. Shanghai - Anting, China : An urban plan and architectural development.

Lueder, C (2003) University Library Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany. Magdeburg, Germany : Architectural design.


Lueder, C, Angelil, M, Martin, M and Schurk, H (2005) Dynamische instrumente fur die Peripherie: Schlieren/ZH. (Project Report) Zurich, Germany : Institut fur Stadtebau. 429 p.


Lueder, Christoph (2018) Diagrams as instruments for conceiving and negotiating space and cities. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .

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