Sam Spurr is a theorist and designer dedicated to uncovering the performative and poetic capacities of spatial practice. She is committed to a collaborative, aleatory and diagrammatic understanding of process across multiple modes of practice that include architecture, academia, writing and curatorship.
She is currently a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Art and Design teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate subjects across Fine Arts and Design. As founding director of the Interior and Spatial Design program at the University of Technology Sydney, Sam developed a dynamic and unique degree program committed to defining the expanded field of spatial design, from scenography and event design, through to installation, urban and interior design. Sam has taught in tertiary education for over a decade prior to this including as a full-time lecturer in architecture at UTS. She has been invited to run studios and workshops in Berlin, Beirut, Prague, Helsinki and Montreal. She is an active member of the Senselab Montreal, directed by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi.
As part of the collective group N with colleagues David Burns and Adrian Lahoud, the topic of conversation and its impact on art, architecture and design has been unpicked and entangled through exhibitions, symposia, studios and projects, see website-n.com.
Sam has exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial 2011, The Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, the Moscow Biennale 2013 and Sydney Biennale 2012 (with artist and philosopher Erin Manning) and the Storefront Gallery NYC (2012), curated panels and projects for Kaldor project 25, The Dailies by Thomas Demand, 2012 and the Dissonance Studio for Audio Architecture (Opening of Hamer Hall, Melbourne), 2012, co-curated the international SEAM Symposium in 2009 on architecture, film and dance, and led public panels and interviews with Stefan Sagmeister, Charles Renfro (Diller Scofidio Renfro), Erin Manning, Sylvia Lavin, Charles Rice, Eva Franch (Storefront Gallery NYC), Ilse Crawford and Amale Andraos (WorkAC).
Sam was awarded her doctorate from the University of New South Wales in 2007 for her thesis titled 'Performative Architectures'. She writes for academic journals as well as for a number of architecture, art and design journals.