N is a group of agitators determined to build publics using unique formats and pedagogical models drawn from art, architecture and politics. N creates original, non-institutional spaces for practice, knowledge and social action through events and forums related to art and architecture.

Believing that socio-political activity can only emerge from a rich milieu and the supportive tissue it provides, N works to glue disparate creative practices together by intensifying their moments of engagement and providing new and experimental forums for their expression.

N was founded in 2010 by Sam Spurr, Adrian Lahoud, and David Burns.

Selected press:
"In profile: N collective", Michael Holt, Australian Design Review
"Exact Space, Exact Time: David Burns of N", Giselle Stanborough, Das Superpaper No. 23
"N: Speaking in Different Voices", Anuradha Chatterjee, World Architecture News


SAM SPURR is a designer, theorist and critic whose current research explores the growing field of performance, or performative practices, and spatial design. Her dedication to a rigorous and creative design culture in academia is supported by her commercial works, ranging from commercial and residential interiors through to exhibitions and public artworks.

She is a regular contributor to design magazines such as Monument, Frame, Artichoke, Architecture Australia and The Architectural Bulletin.

She is the Founding Director of Interior and Spatial Design at the University of Technology, Sydney.


ADRIAN LAHOUD is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Through private practice, teaching and doctoral research, he explores the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformations of cities.

In 2010 he edited a special issue of Architectural Design titled "Post-traumatic Urbanism". Forthcoming in 2011 is "Project for a Mediterranean Union" on speculative transport, energy and media infrastructure in North Africa and the Middle East. His architectural work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. His theoretical research work, The Life of Forms in the City explores the problem of scale and complexity in architecture and the city. He has worked on a broad range of architectural and urban design projects, including workshops with Dan Graham, Vito Acconci, Atelier Bow-Wow, Eyal Weizman and Graham Harman. In 2003 he established an award winning private practice. He has been a guest critic at the Royal College of Art London, Architectural Association and TU Berlin.

Currently, he is a Lecturer at Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London.


DAVID BURNS is a researcher, architectural designer, curator, and artist. His research intersects architecture, image studies, and politics. His practice examines architectural conventions of repetition, redundancy, and reflection through site-specific architectural interventions.

Educated at Columbia University (MSAAD) and the University of Tennessee (BArch) David has worked at leading design offices and institutions including the Guggenheim Museum, Asymptote Architecture, and Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2001 he has taught at universities in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom in schools of art, architecture, and design. He was the founding director of Photography and Situated Media at the University of Technology Sydney from 2010-2016.

Selected exhibitions include Co-isolated with Richard Goodwin and Michael Snape, Sydney 2010 and Orange Regional Gallery 2012; What Destroys What, Firstdraft Gallery 2012; Triptych 01, Sydney 2009; Abundant Australia, Australian Pavilion 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale; and Architectural Laboratories, American Pavilion 2000 Venice Architecture Biennale.

He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.