Dr Kim Trogal

Dr Kim Trogal

Reader in Social and Political Design

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Dr Kim Trogal

Kim is a Reader in Social and Political Design, based at the Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA.

Dr Kim Trogal


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 of a number of books and special issues including:

Kim 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).

Research statement

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.  This collaborative 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 supervision

Kim is interested to supervise doctoral students in the areas of feminist theory, feminist and critical pedagogies, political and ethical modes of spatial production.

  • Pierre Shaw – 2021 – Second supervisor. Critical design praxis: creating conditions and pedagogies of support.
  • Gong Pingwei – 2021 – First Supervisor. A Study on the Impact of Interior Design on Social Value.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

  • Member of Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
  • HEA Senior Fellowship.  University for the Creative Arts (Awarded 2018)
  • Kim is a reviewer for the journals Co-Design, Architecture and Culture and for Routledge’s Architecture book series.
  • Kim is currently a member of the Doctoral Advisory Committee, for PhD candidate Irma Emmery, University of Ghent, Belgium.
  • 2021 ‘Sites of spatial praxis: examining architectural agency in Bologna 1968–1977, UCA Research Fund Award.


  • 2017 ‘Repair Shop’, UCA Research Fund Award.


  • 2013 ‘Elephant in the Room’, Internationalisation of Learning and Teaching Small Grant, from the University of Sheffield Learning and Teaching Services.


  • 2007 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) LKE Ozolins Doctoral Studentship