Jack Self (1987) is an architect and writer based in London. He is Director of the REAL foundation
and curator of the 2016 British Pavilion
at the Venice Biennale.
His writing has appeared in Architectural Design, The Guardian, New Philosopher, 032c and Dezeen, as well as elsewhere (see press
). Jack's first book was Real Estates: Life Without Debt (Bedford Press
2014), now in its second printing.
He is Contributing Editor for the Architectural Review
, where he has worked in a number of capacities since 2009. As an editor for Strelka Press
(2011-13) he developed the first print-on-demand books on architecture.
Jack founded Fulcrum
, a free weekly "pursuing architecture and the third millennium." Fulcrum remains the world's most read student publication about architecture and has been widely exhibited - most notably at the 2012 Venice Biennale.
Jack holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of New South Wales (Sydney 2007), a Diploma of Architecture from the Architectural Association (2014) and a Master's in Philosophy from the University of London (2012). His MA dissertation examined the morality of neoliberal economic theory.
As a designer he has worked for several international firms, amongst them Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris and London (2007-09). His clients and partners include developers, housing trusts and public institutions (most recently the British Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum).