Alex Coles is Professor of Transdisciplinary Studies. Rather than a specialist in an already established discipline, Coles is drawn to the emergent interface between art, design and architecture.
His most recent research is a multiple-volume project titled The Transdisciplinary Studio. Volume 1 of the series was released in spring 2012 by Sternberg Press, Berlin, and focused on Olafur Eliasson, Jorge Pardo, Konstantin Grcic and Åbäke. Research for the case studies was conducted by spending up to three months in each studio throughout 2008-2011 using a participant-observant method derived from ethnography - a form of embedded research characteristic of transdisciplinary studies. Coles is currently researching The Transdisciplinary Studio Vol. 2 due for release in 2014.