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Centre for Film and Screen


François Penz

Professor of Architecture and the Moving Image

François Penz, an architect by training is a Professor of Architecture and the Moving Image in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art at the University of Cambridge where he directs the Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualization and Communication []. He is also the Director of The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies – the research arm of the Department of Architecture - and a Fellow of Darwin College.

He has written widely on issues of cinema, architecture and the city: 'Cinema & Architecture' (1997), ‘Architectures of Illusion’ (2003), ‘Screen Cities’ (2003) and recently co-edited ‘Urban Cinematics: Understanding Urban Phenomena Through the Moving Image’ (2011). In 2013 he completed a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project – The Cinematic Geographies of Battersea.

His monograph on Cinematic Aided Design: the Architecture of Everydayness will be published by Routledge in 2016. He is also co-editing a book on Cinematic Urban Geographies to be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2016.

Contact details:

Department of Architecture
1-5 Scroope Terrace 


Tel: 01223 (3) 30572

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