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François Penz, an architect by training, teaches in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge where he is a Reader in Architecture and the Moving Image. He also contributes to the new interdisciplinary University wide MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures. He co-founded Cambridge University Moving Image Studio (CUMIS, 1998-2005) and more recently the Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualisation and Communication where he runs the PhD programme. He co-edited ‘Cinema & Architecture’ (1997), ‘Architectures of Illusion’ (2003), ‘Screen Cities’ (2003) and recently co-edited ‘Urban Cinematics’ (to be published in 2011). His research focuses on the narrative organisation of space and the expressive use of digital media as an aid to design and communications in architectural and city related issues. François is currently the Principal Investigator of a two-year research grant, Narrascape – Urban Environment as Narrative System in the UK and China. He has written widely on the history of the relationship between Cinema and Architecture & the City and how this background informs the current debate on the use of digital moving images in Architecture, Design and Planning issues. He is a fellow of Darwin College and a founder Director of the company ScreenSpace.