Ruth Bernatek

co-founder + coordinator

Ruth is an architectural historian, and the co-founder of The Bartlett Sound | Making | Space Doctoral Network. She is currently a PhD candidate in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where her thesis addresses the complex relationships between music and architecture in the ‘Polytope Projects’ (1967-1978), a series of large scale multimedia installations conceived by the composer and architect Iannis Xenakis.  Taking an interdisciplinary approach to research, she draws upon her academic background in Art History, and musical training.  Her PhD. is funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership and has been generously supported by a Bartlett-CCA Research Collection Grant.

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Merijn Royaards


Merijn holds degrees in fine art, music and urban design. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and is the co-founder of Sound | Making | Space.  He has performed and exhibited in Europe, China and the US. Recent publications and speaking engagements include the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, AHRA’s Transgression Conference, Architecture and Culture (Bloomsbury 2014) and The Acoustic City (Jovis 2014).  Merijn is founder of Hybridity, a collective of artists, architects and musicians who think architecture through time-based media and performance.



Vasilis Aronidis

Vasilis is a qualified architect and current PhD candidate in Architectural History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture.  His doctoral thesis aims to define a conceptual basis for the interpretation of the built environment in its historical dimension, as a receptor and co-formulator of the musical object.  Before moving to London, he studied Architecture Engineering at NTU, Athens, and completed his MSc in Architecture there in 2014.  Alongside he academic and professional work, Vasilis is a musican and composer. Many of his compositions have been published by Universal Music Ltd., The Sound of Everything Ltd. and TimeSpace Ltd.  He is currently working as an architect at Studio MR in London.

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Emma-Kate Matthews

Emma-Kate is an architect, artist, musician and composer. In 2012 she founded EKM Works; a creative practice which promotes cross-disciplinary design with a focus on exploring the boundaries of innovative technologies. Emma-Kate teaches on the MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she is also undertaking a design and performance-led PhD.  Her doctoral research concerns the spatio-temporal interdependence between architecture and performed music, and it is supported by the Bartlett staff award bursary.

Emma-Kate released two solo albums of experimental music in 2015. From June to September 2017 she completed a residency with the London Graduate Orchestra, who performed her site-specific, spatialised composition “Device 001” at St Leonard’s church in Shoreditch. In December 2017, her new work “Device 002 – Tracing” was performed at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona as part of a research project funded by the Australian Research Council.

She has previously performed at the Barbican concert hall and her work exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the RIBA. Her research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals including Architectural Design (Wiley) and Design Ecologies (Intellect books).

She is currently a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub Associate and is writing a number of site-specific compositions which are directly influenced by the outputs of digital acoustic simulation and 3D scanning.

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Matei Mitrache

Matei is a fifth year architecture student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His primary research interests are in the sensorial experience of architecture, history and literature. For his current diploma project, Matei is designing an architectural opera experience in a historical part of Tartu, Estonia. Drawing inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy, the flexible network of performance spaces aim to revitalize the pre-existing site by providing design frameworks for contemporary directors and composers to work with.

Previous research projects include the technically complex design for a new School of Music for UCL, which investigated links between sound and acoustics, and their implications in the social fabric of the city. In December 2017, as part of Urban Encounters at Tate Britain, he presented the Butterfly Eye, a project in collaboration with artist Diego Ferrari. Alongside his studies Matei teaches digital modelling at the Bartlett, and leads model-making workshops at high schools in London.

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Christabel Stirling

Chrissy is currently completing a PhD in Music at Oxford University, supervised by Georgina Born. Her ethnographic research focuses on musical and sonic publics in London, with a particular interest in affect, urban politics, and social transformation. She has taught on topics such as the Psychology of Music, the Socio-Cultural Study of Music, and Global Hip-hop at Oxford University, and is currently guest lecturer in Music Performance & Production and Music Technology at the University of East London. Her publications include articles in the Journal of Sonic Studies and Contemporary Music Review, and chapters in two edited books. She is also affiliated with the collaborative research group Recomposing the City at Queen’s University Belfast. Aside from her academic pursuits, she DJs and co-runs club nights in London, including parties with the Lucky Cloud Sound System.

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