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William Tozer, Professor in Practice

William Tozer

Professor in Practice


Dr. William Tozer has architecture degrees from New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and is a British-qualified architect. He has taught at architecture schools in the UK and US, and writes prolifically on architecture.

In addition to his teaching at the University of Minnesota, he has taught design for five years at the Canterbury School of Architecture (UK), delivered lectures at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and City University (London), appeared on review juries at the Bartlett, East London University and RMIT, and organized a number of architectural exhibitions. Teaching and writing are utilized as opportunities to reflect upon his practice in relation to a wider cultural context — and his practice conversely engages with and contributes to this context.

The work of his award-winning practice, established in 2002, has been published in numerous magazines, journals and books—including the Architects’ Journal, the RIBA Journal, Architecture Today, Architecture New Zealand, and Monument. (See his work at He has published more than eighty articles on architecture and design for various magazines and journals, including Detail, Architectural Research Quarterly, There, and Monument.

His doctoral research, shortlisted for a RIBA President’s Award for Research, was completed at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, through the Architectural Design Ph.D. program. The research reexamines the early twentieth-century work of Adolf Loos as a mechanism for theorizing on modernism and design methodology. Adrian Forty has remarked that the research “has larger implications for the way we go about the study of so-called architectural ‘theory’.”

select publications:

“Thinking and Doing: The Interface Between Academia and Practice.” There: Journal of Design, University of Minnesota, volume 8 (2012). forthcoming

A Theory of Making: Architecture and Art in the Practice of Adolf Loos,” doctoral thesis, University College London (2011).

“Character Lines: Herzog and de Meuron’s CaixaForum,” Monument, issue 89 (February/March 2009): 82–89.

“A Theory of Making: Methodology and Process in Architectural Practice,” Architectural Research Quarterly, (Cambridge University Press, volume 12, 2008): 134–148.

“Louise T Blouin Institute: West London,” Detail, English edition (January/February 2007): 14–15.

See for a full bibliography of articles on the following subjects:
6a, David Adjaye, Adjaye & Russell, Will Alsop, Arup, BHMA, Borgos Dance, Gianni Botsford, Caruso St. John, Chetwood Associates, David Chipperfield, Peter Cook / Spacelab, Alison Cooke, David Dennis, Robin & Lucienne Day, Tom Dixon, Robert Grace, El Ultimo Grito, FAT, Sarah Featherstone, Foundation 33, Norman Foster, Future Systems, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Happell Design, Harper Mackay, Herzog & de Meuron, Hudson Featherstone, Le Corbusier, Daniel Libeskind, Adolf Loos, Berthold Lubetkin, MAK, Mother, MUF, Simon Patterson, John Pawson, Mies van der Rohe, Terence Riley, William Russell, Hans Scharoun, Matthew Sheargold, Nicholas Stevens, Sybarite, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer & Janet Lawrence, Turner Prize, Andrew Tye, USE Architects, Victoria & Albert , Andy Warhol, What Architecture, Wigglesworth Till, 100% Design & Designers Block




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