Penny Lewis is a founding member of the AE and leads the joint Architecture Programme at the University of Dundee and the University of Wuhan in China. She studied architecture in Manchester and became an architectural journalist, writing for magazines, newspapers and as Editor of Prospect, the Scottish architectural magazine before becoming a teacher and academic. Her work includes; Challenging Contextualism (2004) and Curious Rationalism (2006). She is co-author of In Defence of the Dome (1999), and contributed a chapter to Future of the Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated (2008). In 2019 she completed her Phd on the impact of ecological thought on the architectural imagination.