Dr Kim Trogal
Reader in Social and Political Design
Kim is a Reader in Social and Political Design, based at the Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA. She was Visiting Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, TU Wien (Vienna), Austria (2019-20). She is visiting professor at the Sheffield School of Architecture (2021-23).
Prior to joining the school, Kim was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London (2014-16) and a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (2012-15) at the Sheffield School of Architecture, for the school’s Building Local Resilience Research Platform.
Kim is co-editor, with Professor Doina Petrescu, of the book ‘The Social (Re)Production of Architecture’.
Kim completed her architectural studies at the University of Sheffield, including a PhD in Architecture (2012) for which she was awarded the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship. Kim is co-editor, with Prof. Doina Petrescu, of the book ‘The Social (Re)Production of Architecture’ (2017), with Prof. Doina Petrescu, Irena Bauman and Dr. Ranald Lawrence of the book ‘Architecture and Resilience’ (2018) and with Dr. Valeria Graziano of ‘Repair Matters’ a special issue of the journal Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization (2019). She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book ‘Care and the City: Encounters with Urban Studies and Planning Theory’ (2021) with Angelika Gabauer, Prof. Sabine Knierbein, Dr. Nir Cohen, Dr. Henrik Lebuhn, Tihomir Viderman and Prof. Tigran Haas.
Kim’s research covers the intersecting fields of feminist theory, ethics and politics in contemporary spatial practice. Her PhD investigated ‘feminist ethics of care’ in contemporary architectural practice, examining care in spatial practices in terms of their economies and labour; affect and motivation, as well as their forms of organization such as commons, mutual aid and networks. Her current collaborative research furthers two strands. The first with critical management scholar and activist Dr Valeria Graziano, shifts the focus to forms of care for objects in the context of rising consumer waste, and to examine the organizational politics and accompanying these newly emerging repair practices across Europe. Our research is concerned with grassroots initiatives and social movements, with a particular concern for the political potential of such initiatives and the forms of organization and sociality they enable. The second, with Dr Anna Wakeford Holder (UCA) is ‘Mutual City’, a collaborative teaching and research agenda, which critically questions the social production of the built environment, exploring different modes of social organization, ownership, management. ‘Mutual City’ seeks to find more equitable, just and mutual models of socio-spatial production.
Research Outputs and Activities:
2021 Kim Trogal and Valeria Graziano, ‘On Domestic Fantasies and Antiwork Politics. A feminist history of complicating automation,’ forthcoming Theory & Event.
2021 Kim Trogal and Anna Wakeford Holder ‘Designing with Care’ in Brave New Alps eds. Mapping Eco-Social Design.
2021 Kim Trogal and Tihomir Viderman, ‘Everyday struggles and contestations around care’ in Gabauer et al. Care and the City. London: Routledge.
2021 Angelika Gabauer, Sabine Knierbein, Nir Cohen, Henrik Lebuhn, Kim Trogal and Tihomir Viderman eds. Care and the City: Encounters with Urban Studies and Planning Theory. London: Routledge.
2020 Cozza, M, Gherardi, S, Graziano, V, Johansson, J, Mondon‐Navazo, M, Murgia, A, Trogal, K, ‘Covid‐19 as a breakdown in the texture of social practices,’ Gender Work Organisation. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12524
2019 Kim Trogal and Valeria Graziano (eds.), ‘Repair Matters’. Special Issue of Ephemera. Theory and Politics in Organization vol.19 issue 2. May 2019. Editorial: 203-227.
2019 Kim Trogal and Valeria Graziano ‘Handling replacement: tending to a local library and repair centre’in Krasny, E. & Fitz, A. eds. Handle with Care: Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet. MIT Press. Pp. 107-113.
2018 Kim Trogal, Irena Bauman, Ranald Lawrence and Doina Petrescu ‘Introduction: Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale’ in Kim Trogal, Irena Bauman, Ranald Lawrence and Doina Petrescu eds., Architecture and Resilience. A series of Interdisciplinary Dialogues. London: Routledge. Pp. 1-14.
2018 Kim Trogal ‘Care and Subsistence Practice- Resilience as Interdependence’ in Kim Trogal, Irena Bauman, Ranald Lawrence and Doina Petrescu eds., Architecture and Resilience. A series of Interdisciplinary Dialogues. London: Routledge. Pp. 190-203.
2018 Mara Ferreri and Kim Trogal, ‘“This is a Private, Public Park": Encountering Architectures of Spectacle in London's Olympic Park'. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 22(4): .510-526 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2018.1497571
2017 Valeria Graziano and Kim Trogal, 'The Politics of Collective Repair: Examining Object-Relations in a Postwork Society'. Cultural Studies 37(5): 634-658.
2017 Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal (eds.) The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice. London, Routledge.
2017 Kim Trogal, ‘Caring: Making Commons, Making Connections’ in Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal (eds) The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice London: Routledge pp. 159-174. [Reprinted in ARCH+ Special Issue ‘An Atlas of Commoning: Places of Collective Production.’ Summer 2018.]
2017 Kim Trogal and Doina Petrescu ‘The Social (Re)Production of Architecture in Crisis-Riddled Times’ in Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal (eds) The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice London: Routledge pp. 1-15.
2017 Kim Trogal, ‘Feminist pedagogies building new political communities’ in Meike Schalk, Thérèse. Kristiansson and Ramia Mazé, (eds.) Feminist Futures of Spatial Practice. Materialisms, Activisms, Dialogues, Pedagogies, Projections. Baunach: Spurbuchverlag AADR pp. 239-252.
2017 Kim Trogal, ‘Common Products, Common Goods’ in Kathrin Böhm, Tom James and Doina Petrescu eds. Learn to Act: Introducing the EcoNomadic School. Paris: aaa/peprav pp.324-6.
2016 Kim Trogal, ‘Making Resilience: Work and value’ in Manzini, E. and Till, J. Cultures of Resilience. London: Hato Press. Pp. 34-38.
2015 Kim Trogal, ‘Care of Commons: An Alternative Economy and Ecology of Space’ in Juliet Odgers, Stephen Kite, Mhari McVicar (eds.) Economy and Architecture, (London, Routledge): 49-58.
2015 Kim Trogal, ‘Care of Commons, Care and Commons’ book chapter in Heritage as Common(s)-Common(s) as Heritage HDK Gothenburg pp. 165-185.
2009 Kim Trogal and Sam Vardy ‘Resistance and Activist Research: A Workshop with Brian Holmes and Anne Querrien’ in Field 3(1)(2009): 49-57.
2007 Kim Trogal, Open Kitchen or Cookery Architecture, in Doina Petrescu, (ed.) Altering Practices: Feminist Politics and Poetics of Space. (London, Routledge, 2007) pp.169-188.
2007 Kim Trogal and Leo Care, ‘A Quick Conversation About the Theory and Practice of Control, Creativity and Authorship in Architecture’. Field 1(1)(2007):136-145.
Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy
Member of Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
HEA Senior Fellowship. University for the Creative Arts (Awarded 2018)
- 2007 RIBA LKE Ozolins studentship