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Amy Butt



Amy Butt

Job Title

Lecturer in Architecture


  • To co-lead the development and delivery of BSc Architecture stage 1 design studio and the teaching of visualization and communication


  • PG Dip in Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA/ARB pt III) University of Westminster
  • PG Dip Architecture (RIBA/ARB pt II) University of Westminster
  • BSc Architectural Studies (RIBA/ARB pt I) Cardiff University 
  • RIBA Chartered Architect

External Responsibilities

  • Co-founder of Involve Architecture Collective
  • Active member of the Imaginaries of the Future Network, London Science Fiction Research Community, the British Science Fiction Association and the Utopian Studies Society

Areas of Interest

  • Education design
  • Widening participation in architecture
  • Public engagement and interdisciplinary working
  • The utopian imaginary and intent in architecture
  • Narrative communication of and in architectural design
  • Architecture in science fiction literature and film


  Butt A staff profile photo 2018


Contact Details
  • Email: a.v.b.butt
  • Telephone: 3953
  • Building: 46, School of Architecture, London Road campus

Career Path

I qualified as an architect in 1999. I worked professionally as architect and interior designer in London and in practices across Hampshire. My research interests include a multi-disciplinary approach to architecture at various scales, through understanding ideas of interior detail to urban concepts. I lead the Masters in Architecture Urban design studio, which has made mixed use and housing proposals for European sites in Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Venice, Rotterdam, London, Dublin and also locally on regional sites.

As an architect my own completed projects range from the interior fit-out of bars and restaurants and retail design through to individual house design, school design and public spaces. I have written books across a range of subjects from Representation and drawing, Urban investigation and analysis to Materials and Interior space.

I am Chair of the South Coast Design review advising on strategic masterplanning projects regionally.


Butt, A. (2018) 'Endless forms, vistas and hues': Why Architects Should Read Science Fiction, ARQ Architectural Research Quarterly

Butt, A. and Roberts, D. (2018) 'Narrative Arcs' in Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London. Eds. Duman, A., Hancox, D., James, M., and Minton, A.

Butt, A. (2018) 'City limits: Boundary Conditions and the Building-Cities of Science Fiction', open Library of the Humanities - Special Issue Series: 'Imaginaries of the Future'

Butt, A. (2018) 'Vicarious Vertigo: The emotional experience of height in the science fiction city'. Emotion, Space and Society - Special Issue 'Vertigo in the City'

Butt, A. (2016) 'Between the Image and the Building: An Architectural Tour of High-Rise', Critical Quarterly, Volume 58, Issue 1, April 2016, pp. 76-83

Butt, A. (2015) 'Control Towers: Life and Limitations in The World Inside', Low-Res: Architectural theory, Politics and Criticism, Pilot Issue 'High-Rise', pp. 134-144

Butt, A. and Knox-Williams, C. (2015) 'The Possibility of Failure: Chasing Utopia', Alter Periodical, Spring 2015, Volume 2

Career Path

I see architecture as a social art, the practice of which should embody and support progressive social development. I have a strong belief in the importance of consultation, participation and narrative communication to widen participation in architecture, and create spaces which engage and inspire all users of the built environment.

In my work as an Architect I specialised in higher and further education design, with a focus on client consultation and student engagement. I worked for several UK practices before moving to bpr architects where I was an associate director for six years. Over that time, I was project architect responsible for design and delivery of £36m worth of education projects ranging from small refurbishments and fit out projects to an £18m new build Science and Technology building for Middlesex University.

Alongside my work in practice, I co-founded Involve Architecture Collective, which specialises in small scale installations and workshops which aim to broaden participation in architecture. We have worked with public institutions including Tate Britain, RIBA, Open City, V&A ad the Horniman Museum as well as school and youth group.

Before coming to Reading I led second and third year undergraduate design studios in Brighton University and second year, third year and MArch design studios at Newcastle University where I was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award. These studios all focused on the importance of social engagement in design and explored the role of narrative in architecture, informed by my research into science fiction.

Building location

46, School of Architecture, London Road campus