Neil Spiller is Dean, School of Architecture, Design & Construction at the University of Greenwich, Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory, Founding Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR) and a practising architect. He was previously Vice Dean, the Graduate Director of Design, at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London. He is also author of many books including Digital Dreams – Architecture and the New Alchemic Technologies (1998) and Cyberreader – Critical Writings for the Digital Era. He has spent the last 20 years developing his own language and style in architectural design, creating pieces of an abstract nature that centre around the surrealist ideas of different layers – real and virtual – operating on our environment. When describing his work, Spiller is quite poetic and he often draws from outside inspiration, he says:
Twenty years ago sites were real and unassailable, architecture was simple and the architect’s skills were less numerous. Architecture and architects looked relatively safe. I started experimenting with an encrusted architecture, a series of filters, an architecture beyond thestarkness of functionalism, an architecture whose way of representing itself was a combination of extravagant prose and a graphic gambit that was as powerful as it was invigorating, energetic and loose-limbed. It owed very little to the established protocols of the prevailing modernism. My architectural language has been honed by years of experimentation, with technology, with mythology and with shifting aesthetic preoccupations and above all it was out of control.