John Bell

Course Leader Master of Architecture, UCA Canterbury

Academic, Canterbury School of Architecture

John Bell leads our Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) course at UCA Canterbury. After beginning fine art, an increasing interest in performance and installation led to a switch to architecture - though arts practice remains a central part of John’s work.

Prior to joining UCA John held teaching posts at The University of Westminster, Kingston University and The University of East London.

After a period at the Arts Council of England heading the Architecture Unit, John joined the Architectural Association in 2000 as a Unit Master and was Academic Advisor to the Diploma School from 2003 to 2006.

John is an exhibiting artist in the Amsterdam Light Festival 2016/2017. His work Enthalpy refers to the measure of energy in a system. The work reveals us as radiating bodies, part of a global thermodynamic system.


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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Visiting professor, School of Architecture, University of Auckland NZ.
  • Trustee, E:vent gallery, London
  • Visiting Academic, Louis Laybourne School of Architecture UniSA Adelaide.

John founded FXV, a studio concerned with researching the potential of contemporary technologies and media in design. FXV produced projects for amongst others, the Millennium Commission, Sony Music, Nike, The National Lottery and Daimler Chrysler between 1999-2007.

External examination:

  • MA and MArch University of Greenwich

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • 2009 Technology Strategy Board Grant 02 
  • 2008 Distributed South (Arts Council England) for Urban Screen research 
  • 2007 Laser\Net Arts Research Grant from University of Dundee Geddes Institute 
  • 2006 The Park and its Double: Grant from the London Development Agency 

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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