Ioana Popovici

Ioana Popovici

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


Associate Tutor - ARCO 320 module

PhD Researcher - Architecture, Design & Environmental Building


2012 Oct - present | Plymouth University | PhD Researcher - Architecture, Design & Built Environment

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

Teaching interests

My teaching interests focus on the critical examination of architecture praxis – past, present, and future – in articulation with power, social, economic and cultural practices. From liminality, transgressive architecture, disaster-relief design, the architectural critique of neo-capitalism, to urbicide and housing homelessness, I support my students in becoming critically aware of the complex network of factors impinging on contemporary architecture, and developing dissertations based on research tailor-made for each of their chosen topics.

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.  

Other research

In 2011, I have undertaken research for the Romanian-American Foundation in Bucharest, regarding their Headquarters, a listed architectural building. The historical documentary research output - an informative brochure with a creative edge (photography + design) - is available online at

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. 

2015 January: " '... the city as a part of nature, and concrete as a kind of earth'. Japanese architecture meets 1960s-1980s Romanian modernism", in Studies in History & Theory of Architecture, edited by the History and Theory Department of the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, available through "Ion Mincu" University Press

2014 March: “Architecture competitions – a space for political contention. Socialist Romania, 1950-1956″, in the Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, edited by Routledge with Vilnius Gedimina Technical University.

2013 December: “Star-topped Spires and Cardboard Heroes. Soviet Socialist Realism in Arhitectura R.P.R. (1950-1952)”, in Studies in History & Theory of Architecture, edited by the History and Theory Department of the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism,Bucharest, available through “Ion Mincu” University Press.

M.Arch Diploma project featured in Architectural Review | August 2012 | p.109

Reports & invited lectures

Plymouth University:

2012 Nov - guest reviewer for ATE201

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

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 in charge of seminars combining theoretical elements with practical studio guidance for short projects