Professor Raymond Quek
About Professor Raymond Quek
Raymond Quek is an internationally renown architectural educator and administrator, a wide-ranging architectural historian, a published author, and a qualified architect. He was Professor of Architecture and Head of the Leicester School of Architecture (est. 1897), De Montfort University (UK), where he was Co-Director of the Architecture Research Group and Faculty Chair of the Research Ethics Committee.
Before Leicester, Raymond was Head of Discipline in Architecture and Professor of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University (Gold Coast, Australia) where he established a new Higher Education offering in Architecture at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, and prepared the school for AIA accreditation. Under his leadership the Abedian School embraced emerging technologies and became the third school in Australasia to implement full digital robotics in Architecture. He held the inaugural Head of Architecture Programmes position at Nottingham Trent University (UK). Prior to this, he was Director of Architectural Studies at University of Nottingham (UK).
Commencing his academic career in adjunct Design Studio teaching roles at University of Manchester and University of Liverpool, Raymond has also taught Architectural history at National University of Singapore, Philosophy and Architecture at the Quorum for Architecture (Singapore), examined externally at La Salle College of the Arts (Singapore) and transitioned to a full time career in academia beginning at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand after several years in private practice.
A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of the Arts, he has been invited to conduct PhD seminars, and review studios as a visiting professor in Universities in USA (WAAC, Virginia Tech & SAIC). He has given keynote lectures, and invited lectures at several universities in the US, UK, Australia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. He has examined PhDs in UK and Australia.
Professor Quek founded, syndicated and initiated the Association of Architectural Educators (UK & Eire) in 2010, now a thriving international organisation, which has hosted three international conferences and an academic journal, Charette. Most importantly it has become a platform and voice for Architectural Educators in the UK arena.
An unconventional scholar, Raymond works on many fronts and has published in several areas. His primary academic research explores Architectural Representation in the History of Ideas as a problem of visual knowledge, the meeting of East and West circa 14 – 18c, and problematic dissemination of leading paradigms particularly in art & architecture. He published “Nationalism and Architecture” (Ashgate, Nov 2012). He is completing a book as sole author, Fiction • Image • Tone: Metropolis & Architecture Witnessed (Routledge). He has also published on Singapore/South East Asian Architectural history and has guest edited several academic journals. His primary research project concerns disegno, emblemata, stampe - a project on the rise of visual knowledge in architecture.