Dr Irit Katz


Research Themes

My research covers both contemporary and historical areas of architecture and urbanism and the emphasis on the wider cultural, social and political role of architecture is the common thread running through my research. Currently, my work focuses on the spatial, geopolitical, ethnographic, and historical study of spaces of displacement, movement and refuge. This work examines how camps are used as versatile instruments of control and resistance through which modern societies are administered, negotiated and reorganised. I study the camps that are currently created and altered along Europe’s migration routes, camps in Israel-Palestine since the early 20th century until the present and the city as a space of displacement and refuge. These examinations are based on empirical work as well as on a theoretically informed framework which includes politicalphilosophy and critical thinking.My work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed scholarly journals including Public CultureCity and Political Geography.


In college I supervise Year 1 History and Theory courses while in the Department of Architecture I lecture for the 3rd year course ‘Divided Cities’, supervise for various courses and for Part II and MA dissertations.


I have practiced as an architect in Tel Aviv and in London between the years 2002-2011, specializing in urban planning and housing schemes, and completed my PhD in Cambridge in 2015 as a Girton College Scholar. My research has won several awards including the James Morris Prize of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB).

Irit Katz

College Role


Degrees, Awards and Prizes

B.Arch, MA in Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies, PhD in Architecture.