Research areas

  • NA Architecture - Architecture Theory, Architecture History, History of Architectural Theory
  • B Philosophy (General) - Assemblage Theory, New Materialism
  • GE Environmental Sciences - Ecosystemic Thinking
  • H Social Sciences (General) - social history, relational thinking, Feminism, Queer Theory

Research interests

Robert Alexander Gorny is guest teacher and PhD candidate at the Chair of Methods and Analysis, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. A graduate of the State Academy of Arts, Stuttgart (2009) and the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies, TU Delft (2014), he is founder of relationalthought, a nomadic agency operating at the intersection of theory/practice. His architecture-theoretical research aims at promoting more relational, ecosystemic, and machnic conceptions of (and approaches to) architectural arrangements. Since 2016, he is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Dutch architecture theory journal Footprint.

In addition to teaching research- and design-methodological courses at the Chair of Methods and Analysis, he is currently conducting his doctoral studies on a project titled: Flat Theory: A Genealogy of Apartments. Parts of this ongoing research were published and presented in topical essays, such as “Toward a Relational Conception of Living Together/Apart” (2018), as well as several other papers with a focus on architecture's technicity as a boundary-drawing practice, including his most recent article “Reclaiming What Architecture Does” (2018). 

As editor for Footprint, he co-edited a special issue in Footprint 21 (Winter 2017) with a thematic focus on “Trans-Bodies / Queering Spaces”.

Research output

  1. A Relational Conception of Living Together ⁄ Apart

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeChapterProfessional

  2. Reclaiming What Architecture Does: Toward an Ethology and Transformative Ethics of Material Arrangements

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. New Figurations in Architecture Theory: From Queer Performance to Becoming Trans

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

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  1. "Habit(at)s: On Inclusive Disjunction"

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  2. “A Diagrammatic Cartography of Discourses on Architectures of Life and/or Death”

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  3. "Assembling a Genealogy of Apartments: On inclusive disjunction"

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting

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