Plowright is a professor of Architecture (Design, Theory and History) at LTU; a registered architect in Michigan; a founding member of the synchRG systems-based think tank; and Editor-in-Chief of Enquiry/The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research. His research centers around issues of process, meaning, interpretation and knowledge transfer between people and environments. The interdisciplinary focus engages architectural theory, design methodology, and cognitive processes including framing, knowledge categorization and judgment/decision theory.
Plowright’s writing and design work has been published in various locations and formats, ranging from academic proceedings and journals to popular architectural magazines. His design work has appeared in Boundaries: International Architectural Magazine (Italy), Architecture and Construction (Iran), Archnet-IJAR (USA), Bauwelt (Germany), Arkinka, and Revista de Arquitectura, Diseno y Construccion (Spain). He has received many awards of design quality, either singularly or as part of a design team, including AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit merit awards and placement in conceptual design events such as Grand Egyptian Museum Design Competition, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, D3, eVolo, Zombie Safehouse, 2A Dubai and Arquitectum sponsored design competitions. His most recent book on cognitive methodology in architectural design, Revealing Architectural Design: Methods, Frameworks & Tools, was published by Routledge in 2014. This was followed by chapters on theoretical issues of wilderness and sustainable architecture in Architecture and Sustainability: Critical Perspectives (ACCO, Belgium) and Sustainability and the City: Urban Poetics and Politics (Lexington Books).
Plowright holds an undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from the University of Guelph, Canada (BA); a professional architecture degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada (MArch), and a doctorate in cognitive linguistics from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (PhD).