Mark Cousins (writer)

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Mark Cousins (8 October 1947 – 26 September 2020[1][2]) was a British cultural critic and architectural theorist. He studied Art History at Merton College, Oxford and was a research student at the Warburg Institute. From 1993 he was the Director of General Studies and Head of the Graduate Programme in Histories and Theories at the Architectural Association.[3] He was also Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.[4]

He co-founded the London Consortium along with Paul Hirst, Colin MacCabe, and Richard Humphreys.

Cousins was the author of Michel Foucault, co-written with Athar Hussain (London: Macmillan, 1984); The Ugly, a series of articles published at AA Files (1995, 1996); the Introduction to the Penguin Edition of The Unconscious by Sigmund Freud (London: Penguin:2005). Cousins gave the Friday Lectures at the Architectural Association for more than thirty years.[1]

Selected articles[edit]

  • "The Logic of Deconstruction". Oxford Literary Review, vol. 3, no. 2, 1978, pp. 70–77. ISSN 0305-1498
  • "In the Midst of Psychoanalysis", New Formations 7, Spring 1989, pp. 77–87.
  • "The Ugly", AA Files, 28, Autumn 1994, pp. 61–64. ISBN 978-1-907896-23-1
  • "The Ugly", AA Files, 29, Summer 1995, pp. 3–6. ISBN 978-1-907896-23-1
  • "The Ugly", AA Files, 30, Autumn 1995, pp. 65–68. ISBN 978-1-907896-23-1
  • "Lo feo", Analysart, 17. Caracas: Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, 1999 (Spanish translation of "The Ugly").
  • "The Insistence of the Image: Hitchcock's Vertigo", in Adams, Parveen (ed.), Art: Sublimation or Symptom. London: Karnac Books. 2003, pp. 3–26. ISBN 978-1855759145
  • Introduction, The Unconscious by Sigmund Freud. London: Penguin Modern Classics, 2005. ISBN 978-0141183886.
  • "Technology and Prosthesis", Hurly-Burly, Issue 5, March 2011, pp. 191–199. ISSN 2101-0307
  • "La Arquitectura y sus Pasados", RevistArquis 2, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2012 (Spanish translation). ISSN 2215-275X
  • "Paul Hirst and The London Consortium", openDemocracy, 15 July 2003.


  1. ^ a b Dillon, Ryan; Morris, Mark; Macshane, Denis (21 October 2020). "Mark Cousins: Architectural theorist who captivated experts and enthusiasts alike". The Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Obituaries". University of Oxford Gazette. 151 (5292): 99. 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ Architectural Association PhD Programme. Archived 26 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Mark Cousins Lecture Archive | Biographic Details". Architectural Association School of Architecture. Retrieved 26 November 2023.

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