Dr. Shaun Murray BA(hons) Dip Arch MA PhD ARB, Director
Shaun is the director of ENIAtype, founded in 2011. Shaun has wide experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams, and consulting with complex stakeholder and community representatives. He has extensive experience of developing ideas, design and research as well as project implementation on a range of urban design, building, and landscape projects.
Shaun teaches architecture at Kingston University, where he runs Diploma Unit 2, and has previously taught Architecture at University, and Brighton University, and was Studio Tutor of the AVATAR course at the Bartlett School of Architecture Architecture Programme from 2005 2011.
Before forming the practice, Shaun Murray was an Architect at Alsop Architects. He was the Project Architect for Palestra Retail Unit in London.
Dr. Shaun Murray
DOB: 11 December 1972
I am an international architect with more than 10 years experience in architecture focusing on ecological principles and design communication. I was awarded a PhD in Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts (CAiiA), Planetary Collegium, 2011. I have published 20 articles internationally and wrote a book entitled Disturbing Territories (Springer Wein New York, 2006), which explores the ecological consequences in architectural design, education and practice.
Eniatype is an architectural practice that explores the nexuses of ecological, notational, instructional and aesthetical design visions, models for grasping non-anthropocentric as a design methodology and collapse of the natural onto the artificial. Architecture as a convoluted plane of tactics and meta-strategies for giving rise to a twisted strain of designing in the built environment. Designing may be understood to be an exploration of alternative principles to emergent practical environmental problems.
Editor-in-Chief: Design Ecologies
Intellect books [2009-present]
Design Ecologies foregrounds the inextricable connection between human communication and ecological accountability in architectural design. This burgeoning field has the potential to become a far-reaching discipline, bonding a community that crosses over into and out of architecture, environment, interaction, urbanism, and performing arts and communication. The Journal is published bi-annually through intellect books.
Teaching Fellow: M.Arch in Architectural Design
University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture [2005-2011]
Lecturer in Creative Design and Technology
University of Plymouth [2007-2011]
Mass Architecture [2007-2011]
AHO, Oslo School of Architecture and Design [2005-2009]
Alsop Architects [2002-2005]
Scape Architects [2000-2002]
Snezana Jackson Architects [1999-2000]
John Coward Architects ltd [1995-1997]
University of Plymouth
PhD with Integrative arts at CAiiA/ Planetary Collegium [2003-2011]
[Supervisors: Professor Roy Ascott and Professor Neil Spiller]
[examiners: Professor Murray Frazer and Mr Colin Searls]
RIBA North West
Advanced Diploma, Professional Practice in Architecture [part 3] [2010-2011]
University College London
Masters [Distinction], Architecture [1999-2000]
University College London
Diploma [Distinction], Architecture [1997-1999]
Liverpool John Moores University
BA [hons] Architecture [1992-1995]
3 A levels
Barrow Sixth Form College, Cumbria [1989-1992]
Dowdales School, Cumbria [1984-1989]
The ill defined niche, Royal College of Art 25th November. Speakers: Nic Clear [University of Greenwich], Chris Speed [University of Edinburgh], Donald Smith [CHELSEA Space], Felix Robbins [Make Architects] 
The unprimed canvas, Architectural Association 04th February. Speakers: Bruce Mclean [Artist], Timothy Morton [UC Davies], Bastian Glassner [Lynn Fox] 
Design Ecologies: Transdisciplinary Practice, University of Plymouth 
Design Ecologies: Transdisciplinary Practice in Arch-OS, University of Plymouth 
Design Ecologies: Transdisciplinary Practice in GPS, University of Plymouth 
Design Ecologies: Transdisciplinary Practice in RFID, University of Plymouth 
Relationship between Ecology and Technology, University of Plymouth 
Design Ecologies: Transdisciplinary Practice in Scanning Electron Microscope [SEM], University of Plymouth 
Consciousness Reframed: 8th International Research Conference. University of Plymouth 
Building Information Modelling [BIM]: a platform for integrated building management systems, University of Plymouth 
An Illustrated Primer, AHO School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway 
Disturbing Territories, Consciousness Reframed Conference, University of Plymouth 
Coupling Fields: Towards an ecological Architecture of Linkages, University of Plymouth 
Recursive Practice in Architectural Ecologies, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas 
Design Ecologies, Middlesex University 
Design Ecologies and Transdisciplinary Practice on Building Information Modelling [BIM], University of Plymouth 
Practice profile: 2000- 2005, University of Plymouth 
Self-organisation in Architecture: Systemic Methodologies and Strategies, Kyoung-hee, Seoul, Korea 
Self-organisation in Architecture: Systemic Methodologies and Strategies, Sung-sil University, Seoul, Korea 
Self-organisation in Architecture: Systemic Methodologies and Strategies, Mok Won University, Daejeon, Korea 
The Field in Architecture, QI and Complexity, CAFA: China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China 
Coherent Architectures, Envisioning Technology, University of Plymouth 
A priori Nature: Constructing Architectures, Ciber@RT, The Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao, Spain 
Assimilated Environments, Sensorial Nets, Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura ,Fortaleza, Brazil 
London Zoo: Edited Spaces, University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture, London 
Breeding, Feeding, Leaching, Consciousness Reframed IV, University of Wales, Newport 
Disturbing Territories, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 
Archulus: Flood control structure, London Metropolitan University 
Recent Works, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 
Disturbing Territories, Consciousness Reframed III, University of Wales, Newport 
The ill defined niche, Royal College of Art, London 
The unprimed canvas, Architectural Association, London 
S-OS: Social Operating System for Plymouth. Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth 
Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research lab [A.V.A.T.A.R], University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture, London 
Venice Biennale presentation in the Italian Pavilion, [Shaun Murray, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Marcos and Marjan, Nat Chard, Chora/ Raoul Bunschoten, EDAS - Design Kommunalka, Objectile/ Bernard Cache, Tat Ort- Wolfgang Fiel], Venice, Italy 
Stereo-Mono, University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture 
Disturbing Territories' part of the Consequen7e series on fresh architecture, Institute for Cultural Policy – iCP, Hamburg, Germany 
The Leg of a Maniac, Architecture Museum, Oslo, Norway 
Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research lab [A.V.A.T.A.R] exhibition, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London 
The House of Dr Dee’ Gibsome Jessop Gallery, [Shaun Murray, Neil Spiller, Stuart Munro, Paul Madden] The Distillery, Toronto, Canada 
Florence Biennale, 'Swarming Ecologies', Florence, Italy 
Graphic Architecture' at the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA], London 
Concept House at the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA], Manchester .
ARCH-OS: International Workshop, IDAT/ AHO School of Architecture and Design, Oslo/ Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, University of Plymouth 
A trans disciplinary session in GPS and Ultrasound: Outside-Inside, University of Plymouth 
A trans disciplinary session in RFID: Rereferencing the Library, University of Plymouth 
A trans disciplinary session in SEM and Rapid prototyping: Sliding Scales project, University of Plymouth, Bartlett School of Architecture and Arch-OS 
Arch-OS: a platform for integrated building management systems, University of Plymouth 
Arch-OS Workshop, University of Plymouth 
Building Information Modelling [BIM], Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Plymouth (2005)
My research demonstrates a rethinking of methodologies of communication through ecological design. Human communication and ecological accountability are inextricably linked in architectural design: the current global ecological crisis underscores this fundamental connection. Within architectural practice the communication from architect to participant or environment is not at all straightforward. This is also true of the dyadic relation between context, design and communication in architectural education. Notational systems within architectural education used as a communication tool have made the composition of architecture an activity like the composition of fiction: the activity of communication. So deep is the connection between architecture and communication in our culture that for much of the time we ignore it and behave as if notation were really a transparent window – just as in reading a working drawing in architectural practice we may ignore the intermediacy of notation and imagine that thoughts are reaching us directly from the architect’s mind. The most important criterion of notational systems, whether literally or architectural, is precisely that it should not draw attention to itself, not disturb the illusion of neutrality and faithfulness.
Through original design exploration, this research proffers a critical vision towards the built environment. These conceptions challenge the everyday education of architectural design by offering a transdisciplinary framework for design production. The work concludes with the necessity for a new design field entitled Eniatype. Eniatype is still in its nascent stages. It has the potential to become a far-reaching awareness that bonds the disciplines of design ecologies, theory of notation, instructional design and aesthetics; together they form the acronym ENIA. The work establishes the theoretical foundation for Eniatype in four parts. Part one, ideation, is a survey of visions on architectural practice illustrating original concepts such as Correalism, Eniatype Architecture and Recursive Vision. Part two, Enia, illustrates the principles of design ecologies, theory of notation, instructional design and aesthetical strands in projects such as Basque Enia and Beijing Enia. Part three, Type, conveys the principles of the logical theory of types in Working Drawing, Participant and Environment. Part four, Eniatype, synthesise these approaches through a series of sessions for design towards a transdisciplinary idea of architectural education.
The research describes a burgeoning field, Eniatype, which promotes ecological transitions within local and global contexts through architectural education. By linking working drawing and environment within architectural education, unique ecological design proposals were produced, which promote a new role in defining the ciphers of future design thought.
The International academic Design Ecologies Journal, which I am the principal Editor, is published twice a year and will enable the delicate ecology of Eniatype to develop through burgeoning practices profiled in the journal.
Murray, Shaun. [ed]. 2012, The ill defined niche. In Design Ecologies, Bristol: Intellect books.
Murray, Shaun. [ed]. 2011, The unprimed canvas. In Design Ecologies, Bristol: Intellect books.
Murray, Shaun. [ed]. 2001, Burgeoning Practices. In Design Ecologies, Bristol: Intellect books.
Murray, Shaun. 2006, Disturbing Territories. Hamburg: Springer Wein New York
Articles/ Publications in books and Journals
Murray, Shaun, 2010, ‘Eniatype’, L,Arch, 255, pp.14-15.
Spiller, Neil. [ed]. 2008, ‘Shaun Murray’, Digital Architecture Now: A Global Survey of Emerging Talent. Thames Hudson, London
2008 website: http://www.avatarlondon.org/. Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research lab [A.V.A.T.A.R]
Murray, Shaun. 2007, 'Shaun Murray'. Architektur, Nr. 1 - February, Vienna Austria
Murray, Shaun. 2002, ‘Archulus: Flood Structure’ [& Front Cover], Reflexive Architecture, Architectural Design, pp56-63.
Spiller, Neil, [ed]. 2001, ‘Shaun Murray’, Young Blood, Architectural Design, pp36-43.
Murray, Shaun. 2000, ‘Disturbing Territories’, Art, Technology, Consciousness, pp139-144.
Spiller, Neil. [ed]. 2000, ‘Neurotic Ambitions’, Viewpoint 9, Amsterdam.
Murray, Shaun. 2000, ‘Camargue Condensations’, Bartlett Book of Ideas, pp78-79.
Zimm, Malin, [ed]. 2000, ‘Disturbing Territories’, Offentliga RUM, No 2, pp42-45.
Murray, Shaun. 1999, 'The Tomorrow People'. Blueprint, No 164, pp.59.
Spiller, Neil, [ed]. 1999, ‘Split Sites and Smooth Aesthetics’. Archis No6, pp20-21.
Spiller, Neil, [ed]. 1998, ‘Unit 19: Restless Hearts and Restless Minds’, Architects in Cyberspace II, Architectural Design, London, pp91.
Spiller, Neil, [ed]. 1998, ‘Back to the drawing board’, Building Design, Nov 6. pp 20-21.
Refereed Articles and Conference Papers
Murray, Shaun. 2008, ‘Recovering the Reflexive in Architecture’. International Society of the Electronic Arts [ISEA], National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Murray, Shaun. 2006, ‘Transdisciplinary Practice’. Consciousness Reframed. Research Conference, University of Plymouth, UK.
Murray, Shaun. 2005, ‘User-Reader-Space’. Research Conference. Transmodalities: Mind, Art New Media, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey.
Murray, Shaun. 2005, ‘Coupling Fields: Towards an Ecological Architecture of Linkages’. Research Conference. Altered States, Transformation of perception, place and performance, University of Plymouth, UK.
Murray, Shaun. 2005, 'Reflexive Practice in Architectural Ecologies'. Research Conference. Shaping Consciousness, Museum of Modern Art, Dallas, USA
Murray, Shaun. 2004, ‘Apriori Nature: Constructing Architecture’. Consciousness Reframed. Qi and Complexity Sixth International Consciousness Reframed, Beijing, China.
Murray, Shaun. 2004, 'A priori Nature: Constructing Architecture’, Research Conference. Researching the Future. University of Plymouth, UK
Murray, Shaun. 2004, ‘A priori Nature: Constructing Architecture’, Research Conference. Ciber@RT, Bilbao, Spain.
Murray, Shaun. 2003, ‘Ecological Architecture’, Research Conference. Sensorial Net, Fortaleza, Brazil.
Murray, Shaun. 2003, ‘Architectural Ecological Networks’, Consciousness Reframed. 5th International Research Conference, Newport, Wales, UK.
Shaun Murray, London 2011