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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 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

Entanglements Series

Fitzpatrick, D., Clear, N. & Smith, D., 23 Oct 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
  • Persistence of Utopia

    Clear, N., Smith, D., Baraklianou, S., Diggle, C., Di Mascio, D., Fitzpatrick, D., Hunter, R., Jobst, M., Kaprinis, S., Nesteruk, S., Park, H. J., Petersen, C. S., Taylor, A., Taylor, M., Whitehead, K. & Woolham, S., 23 Oct 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Open Access
  • What is Radical Today? 40 Positions on Architecture: The Post-Singularity City

    Clear, N., 6 Sep 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Chthonopolis - Royal Academy Summer Show

    Clear, N. & Park, H. J., 12 Jun 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Activities

    The Persistence of Utopia

    Nic Clear (Chair), David Smith (Participant), Stergia Baraklianou (Participant), Claire Diggle (Participant), Danilo Di Mascio (Participant), Donal Fitzpatrick (Participant), Roddy Hunter (Participant), Marko Jobst (Participant), Spyridon Kaprinis (Participant), Sara Nesteruk (Participant), Hyun Jun Park (Participant), Christian Petersen (Participant), Andrew Taylor (Participant), Matthew Taylor (Participant), Katrina Whitehead (Participant) & Simon Woolham (Participant)

    23 Oct 20199 Nov 2019

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

    Emerging technologies for practical problem solving, effective practices from the UK

    Saeed Talebi (Keynote speaker) & Nicholas Clear (Keynote speaker)

    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Auckland University of Technology

    Saeed Talebi (Visiting lecturer), Nicholas Clear (Visiting professor) & Hyun Jun Park (Visiting lecturer)

    24 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Synthetic Spaces: Mapping Post-continuity Architectures

    Nicholas Clear (Speaker)

    17 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Le Corbusier and the (Science) Fictions of Modernity.

    Nicholas Clear (Speaker)

    23 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation