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Professor Nic Clear is a qualified architect, writer and curator, and Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture and 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield. He is also Co-Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR). He was Professor of Architecture and Head of Department of Architecture and Landscape at University of Greenwich. Professor Clear joined the University of Greenwich in 2011 having taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture for over 20 years, where he was programme director of MArch Architecture. He was also history and theory co-ordinator of the Masters in Architectural Design, and has taught in the UK, Europe, US and Canada. In 2015 he was the Inaugural Professor for Research in Visionary Cities at the Institute of Fine Arts in Vienna.

The work Professor Nic Clear has developed is unique within architecture and architectural education due to the way film, video, animation and motion graphics are utilised to generate, develop and represent architectural and spatial practices. This work has an extensive reputation and has been shown at international film festivals across Europe, Asia and the US. 

Research Expertise and Interests

Professor Nic Clear has been at the forefront of the use of the moving image in architecture and architectural education for over 20 years, developing skills and techniques in the production of a wide variety of projects from documentary programmes to highly speculative 'virtual' conceptions of space.

He has written extensively on science fiction and architecture, and produced a number of speculative projects that propose architecture ‘as’ science fiction. He has designed and curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions, and his own work has been exhibited internationally.

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Research Output 2005 2018

Subterranean Speculations: The Chthonopolis

Clear, N., Mar 2018, Celebrating The Marvellous: Surrealism and Architecture. Spiller, N. (ed.). John Wiley and Sons Ltd, p. 120-128 8 p. (Architectural Design).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Science Fiction

The Chthonopolis Exhibition

Clear, N., 1 Nov 2017, In : Science-Fiction Studies. 44, 3, p. 637-639 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Negative Equity: House Projects

Spiller, N. & Clear, N., 15 Apr 2016, London: University of Greenwich. 64 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Clear, N., 23 Oct 2014, The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction. Latham, R. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 277-290 14 p. (Oxford Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Educating Architects: How Tomorrow’s Practitioners Will Learn Today

Spiller, N. (ed.) & Clear, N. (ed.), 20 Oct 2014, 1 ed. London: Thames & Hudson. 352 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

60 Second Architecture

Hyun Jun Park (Organiser), Jinsook Kim (Organiser), Jun Yeol Lee (Organiser), Nic Clear (Member of programme committee)
5 Jun 201525 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...