Team


Dr Davide Deriu
Department of Architecture, University of Westminster
Davide Deriu is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Westminster, and is currently leading the Vertigo in the City project. His main research interests lie at the intersection between spatial and visual culture, with a particular focus on representations of the modern city. After taking his PhD at The Bartlett (UCL), he was awarded post-doctoral fellowships from the AHRC, Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, where he also curated the 2011 exhibition ‘Modernism in Miniature: Points of View’.

Davide’s work spans a wide range of subjects, from underground space to aerial visuality, and has been published in periodicals, such as Architectural Theory Review and The Journal of Architecture, as well as numerous books including Forty Ways to Think about Architecture (Wiley, 2014), Camera Constructs (Ashgate, 2012), and The Image and the Witness (Wallflower 2007). He co-edited the volume Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate, 2014), and is a founding editor of Architectural Histories: The Open Access Journal of the EAHN (European Architectural History Network).
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Professor John Golding
Department of Psychology, University of Westminster
John Golding is Professor of Applied Psychology at University of Westminster, London. He originally trained as a biochemist at Oxford, but became interested in psychology, gaining another first degree in psychology before completing his DPhil there on the physiological and psychological effects of smoking. John went on to research psychoactive drugs and pain relief in the Pharmacology Department of Newcastle Medical School before an extended period in government service.

During this time, he conducted wide ranging applied research at the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine and the DERA Center for Human Sciences, investigating motion sickness, cognitive performance in divers, desensitisation of pilots, and military selection and training. John holds an honorary Professorship in Psychology at Guys & St Thomas's Hospital, Kings College, London, and is Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. His current research projects focus on motion sickness, spatial disorientation and health psychology. John is the author of the Motion Sickness Susceptibility Questionnaire Short Form (MSSQ-Short).
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Doctor Josephine Kane
British Academy Post Doctoral Research Fellow / Departure of Architecture, University of Westminster
Josephine Kane is British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster, London. Trained as a design historian (Royal College of Art / V&A), her special interest is the relationship between the experience of pleasure, modernity and the architectural landscape in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain. She completed AHRC-funded doctoral studies at The Bartlett (UCL) in 2007 and was shortlisted for a RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in 2008. Her recently published book, The Architecture of Pleasure (Ashgate, 2013) presents early amusement parks, and the mechanical thrill rides they contained, as a key component in the experience of urban modernity.

Josephine is a collaborator on the Vertigo and the City project, and a founding editor of Architectural Histories: The Open Access Journal of the EAHN (European Architectural History Network). Outside academia, Josephine has worked as a Live Interpreter for Historic Royal Palaces, and taught at heritage sites and schools across the UK.
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Professor Brendan Walker
Horizon Centre for Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham
Brendan Walker is often described as ‘the world’s only Thrill Engineer’. He originally trained as a military aeronautical engineer, before researching and teaching in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art. Brendan now runs Aerial – a design practice specialising in the creation of tailored emotional experience, with clients such as Durex, Nissan, and Merlin Entertainment.

Brendan is Professor of Creative Industries at Middlesex University, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, and a regular TV broadcaster – currently filming as a presenter for BBC Coast.
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