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The aim of DigitalFUTURES is to democratize architectural education by making important architectural ideas available for free to architects and students across the globe, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age or economic standing. Education, we believe, should be a human right, and not a privilege of the wealthy.


The principle behind the Doctoral Consortium is that it no longer makes sense for individual professors to teach an individual group of students in an individual classroom, when we can now all use a digital global platform to bring the very best professors to students across the globe.

What can architects learn from philosophy?


This course introduces the thinking of Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Gilbert Simondon, Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, Gilles Deleuze, Fredric Jameson, and Judith Butler, and considers how it might inform the discourse of architecture and urbanism. The course aims to open up new ways of understanding architecture and to introduce a new set of theoretical ‘tools’ to rethink architectural theory.


Each session will consist of presentations by some of the world’s leading architectural theorists, philosophers and cultural theorists, and a subsequent panel discussion.


This course is free and open to masters and doctoral students around the world.


17 October     (10.00 am EST; 10.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET)

Walter Benjamin

Graeme Gilloch

Esther Leslie


24 October     (10.00 am EST; 10.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET)

Jean Baudrillard

Francesco Proto


31 October     (10.00 am EST; 10.00 pm China; 3.00 pm CET)

Michel Foucault

Sanford Kwinter (TBC)

Peter Macapia

Behnaz Farahi


7 November    (10.00 am EST; 11.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET)

Fredric Jameson

Michael Speaks

Michael Hays


14 November  (10.00 am EST; 11.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET)

Jacques Derrida / Hélène Cixous

Peter Eisenman

Doina Petrescu

Bernard Tschumi


20/21 Nov. (8.00 pm EST, 20 Nov; 9.00 am China, 21 Nov; 2.00 am CET, 21 Nov.)

Gilles Deleuze 

Hélène Frichot


28 November  (10.00 am EST; 11.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET)

Judith Butler

Helen Runting

Amelia Jones (TBC)


5 December    (10.00 am EST; 11.00 pm China; 4.00 pm CET)

Gilbert Simondon

Marisabel Marratt

Viktoria Luisa-Barbo


Start times: 

Please note that start times change on 31 October and 7 November due to daylight savings; also the session on 20/21 November will also start at a different time to the usual one.


Students may apply to join on ZOOM, or follow the live-stream. All other inquiries, please contact Marisabel Marratt and Neil Leach


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The course is hosted by the Doctor of Design program at Florida International University, and forms a sequel to the Architecture and Philosophy course hosted by Tongji University in June 2021:


Recordings of all sessions will be uploaded to the DigitalFUTURES YouTube library.


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DigitalFUTURES Team

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