Dr Ioana Popovici

Dr Ioana Popovici

Visiting Specialist

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Associate Tutor - Y1 Design Studio, Communications

                          - Y1-3 Critical Context                         

PhD Researcher (post-Viva)


2012 Oct - present | Plymouth University | PhD Researcher (post-Viva)

                 School of Art, Design and Architecture

2003-2009 - Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism | Bucharest
                    B. Arch + M. Arch integrated degree (1st)

Teaching interests

My research and teaching interests converge on the critical examination of architecture praxis - past, present, and future - in articulation with power, social, economic and cultural practices. Starting from 2014, I have been supporting PU architecture students in ARCO and Critical Context, exploring topics such as liminality, transgressive architecture, disaster-relief design, the architectural critique of neo-capitalism, etc. Other interests include photography; mixed media representations; exploring differences in the perception of architectural and urban contexts between professional and non-professional audiences; and strategies for derelict urban spaces. 

Research interests

My research project investigates the evolution of architecture in Socialist Romania as discursive interference between several fields – politics, the profession, economy, and socio-cultural practices. 

Broader research interests include architecture theory in totalitarian regimes, the urban development of modern Bucharest, industrial architecture, and intersections between architecture, philosophy, cultural theory and social sciences in a variety of geo-cultural contexts.  

Other research

In 2011, I have undertaken research for the Romanian-American Foundation in Bucharest, regarding their Headquarters, a listed architectural building. 

I have also collaborated with ZEPPELIN Architecture magazine (Bucharest) for their guided tour of 19th and early 20th century industrial architecture in the SW of Bucharest, providing historical research and analysis. 

2017 - 'Communist Romanian architecture. Des critiques autres: song, comedy, caricature', Critical Context Journal   (2017), 93-96.

2016 - 'Two Churches and A Hat: The National Bucharest Theatre or the Mythology of Post-War Romanian 

            Architecture', PARSE Journal, 3 (2017), 109-128.

2014 - 'Architecture Competitions – A Space for Political Contention. Socialist Romania, 1950–1956', 
            Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 38 (2014), 24-38.

          - ‘The City as a Part of Nature, and Concrete as a Kind of Earth'. Japanese Architecture Meets 1960s-1980s  

             Romanian Modernism, studies in History & Theory of Architecture, 2 (2014), 116-139.

 2013 - 'Star-topped Spires and Cardboard Heroes. Soviet Socialist Realism in Arhitectura R.P.R.', studies in History & 

             Theory of Architecture, 1 (2013), 60-77.

Reports & invited lectures

Plymouth University:

2018 - Oct - Y1 Critical Context lecture: 'Radical vs. Liveable. Moments of Rupture and Patterns of Flow'

2012 - Dec - M Arch Design Studio lecture: "Bucharest - city out of sync"

2012 - Nov - guest reviewer for ATE201

Other academic activities

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism | Bucharest

 2011 Feb - 2012 June: History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation Department
 "Architecture, dwelling, city" course, 2nd year of study B. Arch | teaching assistant