Dr Irit Katz

Dr Irit Katz

Course Tutor

Department of Sociology

About me

Irit Katz joined the LSE Cities Programme in 2018 after completing her PhD as a Girton College Scholar at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, where she is currently an Affiliated Lecturer and Director of Studies. She held postdoctoral positions at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House and the Paul Mellon Centre in London and practiced as an architect in Tel Aviv and in London, specializing in urban planning and housing schemes.

Irit's research focuses on the social, political and cultural aspects of architecture and urbanism, examining built environments as ever-changing spatial constellations through which political negotiations and cultural transformations are staged and reworked. She is particularly interested in the processes through which human environments are formed and reshaped in extreme situations such as forced displacement, conflicts and radical inequalities, as well as in the role of spaces of everyday life in mediating social, ethnic and cultural diversity.

Irit’s work has won numerous academic awards including the RIBA President’s Award for Research and her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Public Culture, City, Political Geography, and The Journal of Architecture. She is one of the winners of the 2018 Society of Architectural Historians/Mellon Author Awards for her forthcoming monograph, The Common Camp: spatial instruments of power and resistance on the edge of architecture (University of Minnesota Press), which focuses on Israel-Palestine as an extensive laboratory of camps, looking at how the camp is used as a versatile tool by which modern societies and territories are controlled and negotiated.  Her forthcoming co-edited volume Camps Revisited (Rowman & Littlefield), explores the multifaceted spatial forms, meanings and dynamics of the camp in multiple geopolitical contexts.

Selected Publications


The Common Camp: spatial instruments of power and resistance on the edge of architecture, (under contract with the University of Minnesota Press).  
with C. Minca & D. Martin (eds.), Camps Revisited: multifaceted spatialities of a modern political technology. In the book series ‘Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds’ of Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming 2018).  

Selected articles and book chapters

‘En Route: The Urban Border Migrant Camps of Northern France’. In Darshani Pieris, A. (ed.), Architecture on the Borderline: boundary politics and built space. In the book series ‘Architext’ of Routledge (forthcoming 2018).
with C. Minca & D. Martin, ‘The Camp Reconsidered’. In I. Katz, C. Minca & D. Martin (eds.), Camps Revisited. Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming 2018).
with T. Parsloe, Z. Poll & A. Scafe-Smith, ‘The Bubble, the Airport, the Jungle: Europe’s urban migrant camps’. In I. Katz, C. Minca & D. Martin (eds.), Camps Revisited. Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming 2018).
with C. Gueguen-Teil, ‘On the Meaning of Shelter: living in Calais’ camps de la Lande’. In I. Katz, C. Minca & D. Martin (eds.), Camps Revisited. Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming 2018).
‘Between Bare Life and Everyday Life: spatialising Europe’s migrant camps’ Amps: Architecture_Media_Politics_Society, vol. 12.2 (2017), 1-21.
‘The Common Camp’: Temporary Settlements as a Spatio-Political Instrument in Israel-Palestine’. The Journal of Architecture, vol. 22.1 (2017), 54-103.
‘Camp Evolution and Israel’s Creation: Between ‘State of Emergency’ and ‘Emergence of State’’. Political Geography, vol.55 (2016), 144-155.
‘Spreading and Concentrating: The Camp as the Space of the Frontier’. City, ‘Durable Camps’Special Issue, vol. 19.5 (2015), 722-735.
‘Tents’. In A. Handel (Ed.), The Political Lexicon of the Social Protest, Israel, Summer 2011, Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2012, pp. 17-18 (in Hebrew).
‘Spaces Stretch Inward: Interactions between Architecture and Minor Literature’. Public Culture, vol. 22.3 (2010), 425-432.

Selected essays, reviews and commentaries

‘Urban Recalibrations, Radical Potentials’. A book review for Rethinking Life at the Margins: The Assemblage of Contexts, Subjects and Politics edited by Michele Lancione, City (forthcoming 2018).
‘The Ephemeral Thresholds of Europe’. SLUM-Lab ‘Forced Migration’ issue, vol. 11. Journal of ETH Zürich (forthcoming 2018).
‘The Imperatives of Forced Migration – A Multi-Stakeholder Analysis of Policy Prospects’. A policy briefing paper of Perry World House policy (forthcoming in 2018).
with A. Azzouz, Fleeing Home at Home: Internal Displacement in Homs, Syria. The LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 2018.
Architecture of Control and Struggle: Camps and the Reordering of Populations and Territories in Israel-Palestine Architecture Beyond Europe (ABE), vol. 12 (2017). Journal of Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS).
‘Pre-fabricated or Freely Fabricated?’. Forced Migration Review, ‘Shelter in Displacement’ issue, vol.55 (2017), pp. 17-19. Journal of University of Oxford.
‘Homeland: Zionism as Housing Regime 1860-2011 by Yael Allweil’ (a book review), Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review (TDSR), vol. XXIX (2017), pp. 88-89. Journal of the Center for Environmental Design Research, University of California at Berkeley.
with F. Hernández, ‘Urban Spaces of Internal Displacement in Mexico: Reproducing Inequalities’. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, ‘Displacements’,vol. XVI.2 (2017), pp. 58-60.
The Global Infrastructure of Camps. An essay for the exhibition Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, of the Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA).
‘The Common Camp’. The RIBA Journal, December 2016, p.38.
‘A Network of Camps on the Way to Europe’. Forced Migration Review, ‘Destination: Europe’ issue, vol.51 (2016), pp. 17-19. Journal of University of Oxford.
‘From Spaces of Thanatopolitics to Spaces of Natality’. Political Geography, vol. 49 (2015), pp. 84-86 (commentary for Claudio Minca’s paper ‘Geographies of the Camp’ published in the same volume).
No Way Out or What is Minor Architecture? Protocols – History & Theory, vol. 26 (2012), Bezalel Academy for Art and Design (in Hebrew).
‘Spaces Stretch Inward’. Theory and Criticism, vol. 30 (2007), pp. 231-236 (in Hebrew).