Ranulph Glanville

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Ranulph Glanville (born 13 June 1946, London) is a British architect and cybernetician, Professor of Architecture at the Newcastle University, Professor of Research at the Royal College of Art, London and freelance researcher in both architecture and cybernetics. He is known for his contributions in the field of design research, and cybernetics.[1][2]


Glanville studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1964 to 1971. He completed a PhD in cybernetics at Brunel University in 1975, and obtained a second PhD in Human Learning from Brunel in 1988.

After graduation Glanville started working as architect in UK and Finland for a short period. He taught at the Architectural Association 1972–78, and Portsmouth Polytechnic 1978-97. He was Adjunct Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1998–2001. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Architecture and Cybernetics at the The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, England, and started as freelance researcher in 1997. In 2006 he became Senior Professor of Design Research at the Sint Lucas Architectuur, Brussel and Ghent In 2007 he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the Newcastle University, and in 2008 Professor of Research at the IDE Royal College of Art, London.

Glanville is a Fellow of the Cybernetics Society and currently the President of the American Society for Cybernetics. He is also a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art (RCA) London.

Selected publications[edit]

Glanville has written more than 170 articles and papers about both architecture, cybernetics and psychology..[3] A selection:

  • 1984, "Cedric Price, Precisely" in Cedric Price: Works II, The Architectural Association, London.
  • 1995, with Gerard de Zeeuw (eds.), Problems of Values and Invariants, Amsterdam: Thesis Publishers.
  • 1999, Researching design and designing research, MIT paper
  • 2000, "Living in Lines" in R. McLeod (ed), Interior Cities, RMIT Press, Melbourne.
  • 2000, with Gerard de Zeeuw (eds), Problems of Action and Observation, BKS+, Southsea, 2000.
  • 2000, "The Value of Being Unmanageable: Variety and Creativity in CyberSpace" in H. Eichmann, J. Hochgerner, and F. Nahrada (eds), Netzwerke, Falter Verlag, Vienna.
  • 2001, with B. Scott, “About Gordon Pask”, Special double issue of Kybernetes, Gordon Pask, Remembered and Celebrated, Part I, 30, 5/6, pp. 507-508.
  • 2002, Doing the Right Thing: the Problems of… Gerard de Zeeuw, Academic Guerilla., paper 2002.


  1. ^ Hallnäs, Lars, and Johan Redström. "Slow technology–designing for reflection." Personal and ubiquitous computing 5.3 (2001): 201-212.
  2. ^ Downton, Peter. Design research. RMIT Publishing, 2003. p. 54; p. 125-7
  3. ^ List of Papers, publications and Writings by Ranulph Glanville.

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