Rosa Ainley is a writer, researcher and educator in architecture and space. She works across text, photography and audio as a means of creating and exploring spaces and how people use or would like to use them. The focus on shifting patterns of community/ites and notions of home and attachment to place involves creating spaces – physical, digital, on the page, on the wall – for the expression of voices usually muted or unheard in relation to redevelopment at all scales. The interplay between academic and artistic practice builds in different ways on ideas about writing the building and disruptive narratives around regeneration.
Current projects include an ‘uncreative writing’ exploration into the Torre or Agbar Tower in Barcelona and a collaborative venture with Stamatis Zografos into psychoanalysis and demolition with residents of the Ledbury Estate in south London. Her Phd-by-practice in Architecture ‘Writing Alexandra Palace: Plurivocity as a method of cultural recovery of buildings’ (RCA, 2016; AHRC-funded), an exploration of renewal and regeneration through writing,focused on articulating the voices of diverse groups of users of the building and their role as creators of spaces in and around it.