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Stephen Greenberg



Stephen Greenberg

Job Title

Visiting Professor in Architecture


To develop an innovative approach to teaching students about the possibilities within architectural practice and support our students to develop different skill sets and explore alternative career pathways within the industry. I will also endeavour to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across built-environment disciplines and aspects of business management, arts and communication design within the University of Reading that relate to architecture.


MA (Cantab), dip Arch, qualified architect Architects Registration Board (ARB)

External Responsibilities

Areas of Interest

  • Bridging between the core skills of drawing and 'designing'.
  • The technical skills associated with 'building'.
  • The myriad of vital areas of thinking: managing, financial appraisal, business and economic planning, market research, analysis, brief-writing, story-boarding, scripting, research, surveying, history, typography, animation, audio-visual design, design theory, filmmaking, and fashion and style that make up a project.
  • Cross-disciplinary, co-creative and collaborative working.


"Space Time and Memory" in Museum Making Narrative, Architectures, Exhibitions  Ed. Suzanne MacLeod, Jonathan Hale. Laura Hanks (Routledge, New York 2012)

"The Vital Museum" in Reshaping museum space: architecture, design, exhibitions  Ed. Suzanne MacLeod (Routledge, New York: 2003)

"Light and Air" in Design for Change  Ed. Jeremy Myerson (Birkhauser Verlag, Basel: 1998)

"The Right Environment" in Design for Change  Ed. Jeremy Myerson (Birkhauser Verlag, Basel: 1998)

"Towns and People: the Friary Project; Architects: Greenberg & Hawkes" Architecture Today  no. 19 (June 1991)

"Building Revisit; The Economist Building Pt.2" Architects' Journal vol. 192, no. 22 (28 November 1990), p.53-58

"Building Revisit; The Economist Building Pt.1" Architects' Journal vol. 192, no. 21 (21 November 1990), p.53-59

"The Making of Modernism; The Smithsons and the Economist Building" Architects' Journal  (21 November 1990)

"Parallel Aims - Kahn and Peter Smithson" Architects' Journal  vol.195, no. 9 (4 March 1992)

"Re-examining the House - Kahn and Venturi" Architects' Journal vol.195, no. 9 (4 March 1992)

Numerous articles and reviews on architecture and design in major publications (1986-2016)

Career Path

I trained at St Martins School of Art, Cambridge and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

My career path has been characterised by a willingness to change direction at key points and to work across disciplines.

For ten years (1980-90) I was a partner in the highly-respected award-winning practice Greenberg and Hawkes, specialising in largely residential and small public sector, low-energy and highly crafted buildings.

In 1990 I became Editor of the Architects' Journal. This gave me a unique window into the practices and lives of architects and their role in the construction industry. I also increased circulation markedly amongst architect's co-professionals and won a clutch of business journalism awards.

In 1994 I was invited to become a partner of Frank Duffy and John Worthington at DEGW, where I ran the architecture and interior design group. I led a number of major master planning projects, including the MoD in Whitehall and the V&A FuturePlan, a headquarters project for Boots the Chemist and contributed to DEGW's research and publications. It was here that I became more interested in cultural space rather than the workplace that DEGW had so pioneered.

In 2000 I became the founding director of Metaphor. At Metaphor, I have worked exclusively in the cultural sector, in major museums and across the world. I have also partnered with leading architects including Daniel Libeskind, Heneghan and Peng, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Stanton Williams.

I have previously taught both First Year and Diploma Studio at the University of Cambridge, the University of Nottingham and the Bartlett at UCL. More recently I have taught in departments of culture and heritage, most notably The Scuole Normale e Superiore in Pisa and for many years in the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. I have given masterclasses in museum making for the British Council in Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Malta, Skopje, Hong Kong and Santiago. In 2014 and 2015 UNESCO invited me to advise the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport of South Sudan on cultural projects.


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