Dr Tim Martin


Pronouns: He/him
  • Design Tutor

Research and expertise

Summary of Expertise 

  • Psychological and psychoanalytic theories of art and architecture. 
  • The role of gender in design.
  • The well being potential of architecture including OCD and the prevention of PTSD.

Current Research Activity 

  • Chapter in a Book: The Architect + Analyst in the Clinic of Obsessional Neurosis, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Single-authored Book: The Thirteen Names of Robert Smithson, tba.

Recent publications

  • "Robert Smithson de 0 à 20 ans", Robert Smithson: Entropie et Memoire, Celine Flecheux, Ed., Les Presses du Reel, Paris, 2018.
  • “Psychoanalytic Diagnosis for Architects and Urban Designers”, Architecture and the Unconscious , Jon Hendrix and Lorens Holm, Eds., Ashgate Press (Routledge).2016.
  • “Erich Neumann on Henry Moore: Public Space and the Collective Unconscious”, Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Modern Research Publications, 2015.


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School’s programmes including:


  • Studio
  • Dissertation
  • History and Theory


  • Dissertation


I began my career in architecture in the 1970s as an apprentice in the United States and Yugoslavia during the Cold War in the hope of fostering reconciliation and understanding.

I subsequently worked in the UK as Director of Art Acre developing sustainable brownfield land reclamations and writing Structuralist art and architecture criticism. I have also trained in clinical psychoanalysis and conduct interdisciplinary architecture research that examines mental wellbeing on theoretical and empirical grounds. This includes most recently the role of gender in design, the prevention of PTSD and therapeutic domestic spaces for OCD. 

Professional affiliations

  • College Art Association (USA)
  • Architecture Humanities Research Association (UK)
  • Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Architecture 

External activities

  • Jurist, RIBA President’s Medals, 2009