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Robert A. Gorny is a transdisciplinary scholar, theorist, and lecturer at the academic group of Architecture Philosophy and Theory at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, where he has been teaching and coordinating courses focusing on theory and research methodology since 2015. 

Advanced in his doctoral studies “A Flat Theory: Towards a Genealogy of Apartments, 1540-1752” (2021), his transdisciplinary research approach combines historically-grounded scholarship with an assemblage-theoretical extension of genealogical and cartographic accounts of built environments, their organization, and genesis. Working on a larger research titled "Worlding Theory: A General Organology of Built Environments", his publications include “From Epiphylogenesis to General Organology” (2022 with A. Radman), “A Diagrammatic Cartography of Architectures of Life and Death” (2021), and “Reclaiming what Architecture Does” (2018).

Since 2016, he is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Dutch architecture theory journal Footprint. As editor for Footprint, he has co-edited an issue with a thematic focus on “Trans-Bodies / Queering Spaces” (Winter 2017), and is currently editing an issue focussing on "The Epiphylogenetic Turn" in the work of philosopher Bernard Stiegler (Spring 2022).

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Since Feb 2023, Robert is also BK Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In this function, he helps raise awareness on topics or terms surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion, and promote a wider notion of the relevance of EDI-related aspects for built environments through public events. Together with a wider EDI student and staff advisory team, he is currently working on a concerted, integrated, and intersectional vision, and develop a strategic plan. 


  • NA Architecture
  • Architecture Theory
  • Architecture History
  • History of Architectural Theory
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Assemblage Theory
  • New Materialism
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Ecosystemic Thinking
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • social history
  • relational thinking
  • Feminism
  • Queer Theory


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