Mr. Hugo Hinsley
Architectural Association Graduate School
Co-Director of the Housing and Urbanism Programme
Hugo Hinsley is Co-Director of the Housing and Urbanism Programme. He is also Director of the 5th year Diploma programme on Future Practice, and of the annual international programme for Visiting Teachers. He sits on the management committee for the PhD Programme, and is a Director of Studies for PhD research. Mr Hinsley has been involved both in teaching and in academic administration at the AA in many capacities since 1975.
Mr Hinsley is an architect with over 30 years of practice, being a founder member of a co-operative practice in 1976 which has worked on projects of housing, community buildings and urban development in UK. He has worked as a consultant to many projects in Europe, Australia and the USA. He has taught and lectured widely in Britain and abroad, including being visiting professor and studio master at the University of Sydney Department of Architecture over several years, and was recipient of the Chettle Fellowship in1996; visiting studio master at the University of Edinburgh Department of Architecture in 1997-98; and visiting professor at Parsons Department of Architecture at The New School of Social Research, New York, in 1994.
Mr Hinsley is a member of the Research Committee of EUROPAN, the European federation for new architecture. This is a non-governmental organisation representing 21 European countries. Since 1988 it has organised a sequence of influential ideas competitions, leading to project implementation, which are open to young architects and students throughout Europe.
He completed in 2006 two years as external evaluator for the European Union international research project: ‘AGORA Cities for People’: a collaborative research on urban public space by universities in London, Barcelona, Utrecht and Lund.
A common theme guiding several research areas is the relationships between models of governance and decision-making, and the spatial design of the built environment, often comparing urban policy and design in European cities. Mr. Hinsley’s recent publications have covered a range of topics: on London’s design and planning processes, particularly on the cases of major redevelopment in Docklands and the East End; on strategies and outcomes of waterfront redevelopment projects; and on questions of density and intensity in urban development.