What Is the Urban?

Registers of a World Interior

Ross Exo Adams

Ross Exo Adams is an architect, urbanist and writer whose research looks at the historical and political intersection between circulation and urbanization. He is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University. His writing has been published and presented widely on the inherent relations between architectural practice and geography, political and legal theory, political ecology and philosophy. He has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, the Architectural Association, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and at Brighton University in the UK. His work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, The Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, the Centre of Contemporary Architecture in Moscow and the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Biomaterials Science (2000), a Master of Architecture from the Berlage Institute (2006) and a Ph.D. from the London Consortium (2014), for which he was awarded the 2011 LKE Ozolins Studentship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Ross is presently working on a book to be published within the Society and Space series edited by Stuart Elden for Sage Publications, forthcoming in 2016. As part of a CEAH grant he received, he is also working on a project, Invisible Machines: Toward a Theory of Interior, which examines the relation between architectural technologies of enclosure and emergent forms of governmentality.


Iowa State University

Department of Architecture

April 4-5, 2016