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Doug Gittens

Douglas Gittens

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Mr Douglas Gittens is a Senior Lecturer and Year Two Tutor for BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design.

Research areas

Douglas's research explores the continuing significance of the sketchbook as a creative tool in the digital age. These interests have been recently published in Recto Verso: Redefining the sketchbook, coedited with Angela Bartram and Nader El Bizri. Douglas is involved in a ongoing research project concerned with the representation of architectural images in sketchbooks and digital imaging with Amanda Hufford of the University of Lincoln.

In addition, Douglas's interests encompass the following:

  • Architectural representation: contemporary perspective drawing; representation of liminal space and absurd space; documentation of architectural memory and lost space.
  • Drawing: drawing and the creative process; drawing as problem solving; drawing as a research tool.
  • Spatial Theory: absurd space, marginal space, and liminal space; phenomenology of architecture.

External activity

External Examiner

  • University of Northampton, BA(Hons) Interior Design, 2010 – 2015
  • Coventry University, BA(Hons) Interior Design, 2015 - present

Affiliations and memberships

  • Member of Interior Educators (IE)
  • Member of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, AHRA
  • RIBA Part One and RIBA Part Two



  • Bartram, Angela and El-Bizri, Nader and Gittens, Douglas (2014) Recto Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook. Ashgate, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey. ISBN: 9781409468660
  • Gittens, Douglas (2014) The design sketchbook: between the virtual and the actual. In: Recto Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey. ISBN: 9781409468660
  • Hufford, Amanda and Gittens, Douglas (2013) The intention of the visually based academic studio: communication or simulation. The International Journal of the Image, 2 (4). pp. 111-120. ISSN: 2154-8560
  • Bartram, A. and Gittens, D. (2012) Performing Lost Space, London, Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Angela, B. (Ed), (2007) Talking Margins Symposium, University of Lincoln, Lincoln. (Contributed paper; ‘The Body and the City’).
  • The Dorich House Annual Conference 3, (2001) British Suburbia in the Interwar Years: its Architecture and Material Culture, Kingston University, London. (Conference proceedings).

Conferences and public lectures

  • Gittens, D. Hufford, A. (2015) The freedom of the Sketch and the Tyranny of the Digital Image, AIARG 2015 Conference, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Gittens, D. (2012) Absurd Trajectories: Motorways and Lived Space, Theoretical Currents II conference, University of Lincoln, Lincoln.
  • Gittens, D. Hufford, A. (2011) Communication versus Information: The Digital Image in the Academic Studio, The Image Conference, San Sebastian, Spain (virtual presentation).
  • Bartram, A. and Gittens, D. (2011) Performing Lost Space, Fixed Conference, University of Plymouth, Plymouth.
  • Gittens, D. (2011) The Sketchbook: between the virtual and the actual, Recto Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook conference, University of Lincoln, Lincoln.
  • Bartram, A. and Gittens, D. (2010) Lost Gallery Spaces and the Performing Body, Narrative Space Conference, University of Leicester, Leicester.
  • Gittens, D. (2009) Deleuze and Guattari, Brayford Lecture Series, University of Lincoln, Lincoln. (Public lecture).
  • Gittens, D. Jefferies, J. and Osbourne, T. (2007) The Body and the City, Talking Margins Symposium, Arts Admin, London
  • Gittens, D. (2001) The Domestic Bathroom, The Dorich House Annual Conference 3, Kingston University, London.


  • The Moment of Privacy has Passed, Usher Gallery, Lincoln 2011. Exhibition of sketchbooks.
  • Drawn Together, Greestone Gallery, Lincoln, 2008

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