Dr Francesco Zuddas

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Francesco is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Architecture. His research focuses on investigating the city as machinery for knowledge creation across its material and immaterial dimensions.


Francesco works as an architect, teacher and researcher in architecture and urbanism, and is co-founder of urbanaarchitettura with Sabrina Puddu. He studied architecture and urbanism at the University of Cagliari and the Architectural Association, receiving an MSc, an MA and a PhD.

Since 2009 he has taught architectural design studios and delivered history and theory seminars and lectures at the University of Cagliari, Leeds Beckett University, Central Saint Martins, and the Architectural Association. He is frequently an invited critic at schools of architecture and juror in international architectural competitions. At the ARU School of Architecture he is module leader for second year BA Architectural Design, and lectures in the history and theory of architecture.

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English

Research interests

  • History of Architecture (especially second half of 20th century)
  • Modern and Postmodern theories of architecture and urbanism
  • Pedagogy and Space
  • Institutions and the City
  • Architecture, Cities and the Knowledge Economy

Francesco’s research sits on the edge of the discourses of architecture and urbanism, with a specific interest in understanding the city through the project of some of its major public institutions. He has received postgraduate studies scholarships and research fellowships from the European Union/Regional Government of Sardinia, including a two-year grant for the project “The Architecture of Innovation” (2010-12). In 2013-14 he was Visiting Research Scholar at GSAPP, Columbia University. He has co-authored two books and publishes regularly on architectural journals and magazines. His current research is an investigation of the space of the university as a paradigm for understanding the modern city, and he is working on a book from his doctoral dissertation The University as Settlement Principle. The Territorialisation of Knowledge in 1970s Italy, a study of large-scale projects for higher education around 1968.


  • Architectural Design Studies 1
  • Architectural Design Studies 2
  • History and Theory of Architecture (Introduction)
  • Modernism and Beyond
  • History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture


  • PhD in Architecture, Università degli Studi di Cagliari
  • MA with distinction in Housing and Urbanism, The Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • MSc with honours in Civil Engineering and Architecture, Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered Architect, Architects Registration Board
  • Member, the Architectural Association
  • Member, Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-investigator, two-year research grant funded by the EU FP7, title of research: The Architecture of Innovation: intensification of networks in low-density regions, 2010-12, 75,000€

Selected recent publications

Zuddas, F., (under contract). The University as Settlement Principle: the Territorialisation of Knowledge in 1970s Italy (working title). Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge.

Zuddas, F., 2018 (forthcoming). The Project of Universality. In Chipperfield, D., Duplantier, M., et al. (edis.) HEC Campus: evolution of a model. Zurich: Park Books.

Zuddas, F., 2018 (forthcoming). Imagining Academic Commons. A portfolio of steps, ramps, roofs and bodies. In Lecis M., Cherchi, P.F. (eds.) Campus design as urban regenerator. Siracusa and London: Lettera Ventidue and Prestel.

Zuddas, F., 2017. The Idea of the Università. AA Files, 75, pp.119-131.

Puddu, S., Tattara, M., Zuddas, F., 2017. Territori della Conoscenza: un progetto per Cagliari e la sua Università. Macerata: Quodlibet.

Zuddas, F., 2015. Pretentious equivalence. De Carlo, Woods and mat-building. Festival of Architecture Magazine, 34, pp.45-65.

Zuddas, F., 2014. 10,000 corn-stalk bricks. Domus, 983 (Green supplement), pp.18-21.

Puddu, S., Zuddas, F., 2013. Hold the line. La stabilità della figura lineare. Trans, 23, pp.68-73.

Puddu, S., Zuddas, F., 2013. Cities and Science Parks: the urban experience of 22@Barcelona. Territorio, 64, pp.145-152.

Puddu, S., Zuddas, F., 2012. Made in Taiwan. Architecture and Urbanism in the Innovation Economy. Trento and Barcelona: LIStLab.

Puddu, S., Zuddas, F., 2012. Campus: Order and Exemption. Apple Campus 2, or the Mothership has landed in Cupertino. Trans, 21, pp.58-61.

Pau, F., Puddu, S., Zuddas, F., 2012. Argument Vs. Concept: the City Is Not an Egg. San Rocco, 4, pp.100-104.

Recent presentations and conferences

2018 (forthcoming). Knowledge Territories. Istituto Italiano di Cultura, London.

2017. Academic Commons: or the formality of informality. Architectural Association School of Architecture, Intermediate 15, London.

2017 (with Sabrina Puddu). Territori della Conoscenza. Milano ArchWeek, Milan.

2015. The University as a Settlement Principle. The Territorialisation of Knowledge in 1970s Italy. Invited presentation, MA Programme in Housing and Urbanism, Architectural Association, London

2014. The University Settlement Principle (in the archipelago knowledge-city). Invited presentation, Master in Urban Design, GSAPP, Columbia University, New York.

2013 (with Sabrina Puddu). Towards a City of Innovation: the spatial negotiation between campus and city quarter. Full paper presentation, EURA Conference “Cities as seedbeds of innovation”, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.