Isabelle Doucet

Professor, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural Theory and Methods

Isabelle Doucet is professor of theory and history of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where she also acts as ACE’s coordinator for the university-wide Gender Initiative for Excellence (Genie). Since joining Chalmers, Isabelle initiated the research project “Women Architects and 1968”, beginning with pilot research on women graduates at Chalmers. Previously Isabelle was based at the University of Manchester, Manchester School of Architecture, and has also taught at universities in Belgium, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands. Her research focuses on the relationship between architecture, (urban) politics, and social responsibility with a focus on the 1970s and the repercussions of architecture's "post-political" turn. She examines such questions through both conceptual-methodological inquiries and historical and contemporary cases.

Isabelle’s books include The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968 (2015) and the co-edited volume Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism (2011, with Nel Janssens). She recently co-edited the thematic issue “Resist Reclaim Speculate. Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City” (Architectural Theory Review, 2018, with Hélène Frichot) and had previously co-edited thematic issues for Footprint Journal and Candide Journal for Architectural Knowledge. Isabelle’s research has been published in journals including Architecture & Culture, Architectural Theory Review, Oase Journal of Architecture, City Culture and Society, E-Flux, and the Journal of Educational Administration and History; and in edited volumes, such as the recently published Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement (Routledge 2018).

Since 2018, Isabelle acts as a general editor for Architectural Histories, the journal of the European Architectural History Network ( In 2018-2019, she participated in the Multidisciplinary Research Program titled “Architecture and/for the Environment” ( organised by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Selection of recent publications


Doucet, I., The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968, Routledge 2015 (paperback 2017). 

Doucet, I and Janssens, N. eds., Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism. Towards Hybrid Modes of Inquiry (Springer, 2011). 

Edited journal issues

Doucet, I, and Frichot, H. Resist Reclaim Speculate: Situated Perspectives on Architecture and The City, thematic issue for Architectural Theory Review, Issue 1, Volume 22, 2018, 

Doucet, I., Forster, K., Robbers, L., Sowa, A., Candide Journal for Architectural Knowledge, nr. 10, December 2016.

Doucet, I. and Cupers, K., eds., Agency in Architecture, Footprint Journal, Issue 4, Spring 2009. 

Journal Articles

Doucet, I. “Anticipating Fabulous Futures” E-Flux Journal (Overgrowth Series), September 2019.

Doucet, I., ‘Metro/Education Montreal (1970): Rethinking the Urban at the Crossroads of Megastructures, Systems Analysis and Urban Politics’ Architecture & Culture, 2019.

Doucet, I. ‘Architectural Practice and Education “From the Inside Out”’, Oase Journal of Architecture 102, 2019, pp. 91-103. 

Hochhausl, S., Lange, T. et al., ‘Architecture and the Environment. Field Notes’, Architectural Histories, December 2018

Doucet, I., ‘De Belgische ‘counter’ episode 1965-1980. Stad en architectuur tussen denken, durven en doen’, Stadsgeschiedenis, nr 1, Volume 12, 2017, pp. 42-49.

Doucet, I., ‘Architecture Wrestling the Social: The “Live” Project as a Site of Contestation’, Candide Journal for Architectural Knowledge, 10, 2016: 12-40 

Doucet, I. ‘Aesthetics between provocation and production: counter-projects.’ Oase Journal of Architecture 97, 2016, pp. 91-98. 

Doucet, I., ‘Architecture between Politics and Aesthetics. Peter Wilson’s “ambivalent criticality” at the 1970s Architectural Association’, Architectural Theory Review, 19.1, 2014, pp. 98-115. 

Doucet, I., ‘Making a city with words. Understanding Brussels through its urban heroes and villains’, City, Culture, and Society, volume 3, issue 2, 2012, pp. 105-116. 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Doucet, I., ‘Tales of Cities as (Resistant) Practices.’ In: Monika Grubbauer and Kate Shaw (Eds.) Across Theory and Practice: Thinking through Urban Research. Berlin: Jovis 2018, pp .111-119.

Doucet, I., ‘Understanding Social Engagement in Architecture: towards situated-embodied and critical accounts.’ in: Karim, F, ed., Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement, Routledge, 2018, pp. 14-26.

Doucet, I., ‘ARAU (Atelier de recherche et d’action urbaines): counter-projects’ in: Giovanni Borasi, The Other Architect. Spector and Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2015. 

Doucet, I., ‘Counter-projects and the postmodern user’, in Use Matters. An Alternative History of Architecture, ed. by K. Cupers, Routledge, 2013, pp. 233-247. 

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