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Robert A. Gorny is a transdisciplinary scholar, theorist, and lecturer at the Chair of Methods of Analysis an Imagination, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, where is teaching several research- and design-methodological courses. A graduate of the State Academy of Arts, Stuttgart (2009) and the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies, TU Delft (2014), his research aims at promoting an assemblage-theoretic, ecosystemic, and posthuman vision of built environments, their organization, workings, and genesis. 

Robert has recently defended his doctoral studies titled "A Flat Theory: Towards a Genealogy of Apartments, 1540–1752". Parts of this ongoing research are published and presented in topical essays such as “Towards a Relational Conception of Living Together/Apart” (2018), and several papers with a theoretical focus on architecture's technicity as a boundary-drawing practice, including “Reclaiming What Architecture Does” (2018), and "A Diagrammatic Cartography of Discourses on Architectures of Life and Death" (2021). His ongoing research aims to generalize the dissertation's assemblage-theoretic extension of genealogical modes of historical inquiry into a wider framework for studying the historical formation of built environments, under the working title "Worlding Theory: A General Organology of Built Environments".

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; forthcoming)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


  • 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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