Hi, I’m Luis, an architect and researcher based in Oxford, UK. I love to try out new things and methods in social research and architecture, and be amazed by the outcome.

Photo by C. Morales at the “Arthur’s Seat”, Edinburgh, Scotland

Luis Iturra

I am a third-year DPhil student in the School of Geography and the Environment, and the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) at the University of Oxford. MY background is in architecture and hold an architectural degree and an MSc in Residential Environment; both degrees from the Universidad de Chile. His personal experience has been developed inside academia, in unison with the professional practice of architectural design.

In academia, I have been a teacher and researcher and my previous research has been carried out mainly within the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU) associated with the Research Housing Institute (INVI). I took part in the creation of the Uneven Mobilities International Conference (Chile), and also the HLab, Urban Research Laboratory at FAU. I was co-cordinator for the Core Masters Integration Workshop, and Physical-Spatial Module into the MSc in Residential Environment, and co-investigator of a three-year project funded by the Chilean Government.

As an architect, co-founded and co-directed an architectural design studio with Consuelo Morales, this studio was involved in designing social housing, and worked on public spaces projects in deprived areas mainly in Santiago.

My DPhil (PhD) research put forward an exploration of the sociologies and geographies of the senses as a way to grasp urban inequality, and the relationship between the environment and the meanings and feelings that the inhabitants built around it. The research attempt to merge interests traditionally associated with cultural geography (atmospheres, sensescapes), social geography (social inequality) and urban studies (urban inequality, urban daily mobility practices).


University of Oxford, DPhil (in progress)
University of Chile, MSc Residential Environments
University of Chile, Architectural Degree and professional license

Research Interest

Urban Inequality
Visual and Sensory Methods in Social Sciences
Body, memory and the city
Emotions and affects in Urban Space
Non-Representational Theories
Affect Theories


RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Award, 2018
Development Studies Association, Journal of Development Studies Conference Travel Grant, 2018
Mansfield College Travel Grant, 2017
BecasChile Scholarship, CONICYT, 2016
FONDECYT Regular Research Project Nº 1161437 (co-investigator), 2016
FONDECYT Regular Research Project No 1090198 (MSc dissertation funding), 2009