Chris Cottrell


Dr Chris Cottrell is a practicing senior lecturer in Design.

His research practice operates across installation and performative art, architecture and interior design. He proposes ‘architectural judo’ as a way of gently destabilising environments, and explores this 'gentle way' through working with buildings and interior spaces as events comprised of an ecology of relations. This way of practicing was developed and articulated through his recently completed PhD in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University.

Chris’ practice is informed by his previous training in architecture at the University of Auckland and further studies in fine art at the Edinburgh College of Art. His work has been exhibited extensively in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom and held artist residencies in Piran, Slovenia, the Orkney Islands, Scotland and Fox Glacier, New Zealand. He has presented at numerous international conferences and his writing has been published in Leonardo, IDEA Journal, International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design and Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts.

Research projects are archived at