Forensic Architecture is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London.  It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums.

We provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs, and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical  examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.



Using video testimony smuggled out of North Waziristan (Pakistan), Forensic Architecture performed a spatial analysis of a drone strike that took place there on 30 March 2012 and used this to reconstruct and interrogate the event. The footage revealed a great deal beyond what appeared to be chaotic images of rubble and ruin. In particular, it also shed light on the conditions involved in documenting such violent events in Waziristan.

This investigation will be displayed as part of Forensic Architecture – Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MACBA from 28 April – 15 October 2017.


Data-driven, participatory fact mapping for conflict monitoring, citizen journalism, and human rights research



Counter investigating the testimony of Andres Temme in relation to the murder of Halit Yozgat in Kassel, 6 April 2006

Khan Sheikhoun Crater

Photogrammetric Analysis of Suspected Pro-Government Chemical Bomb Crater
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Al-Jinah Mosque

US airstrike in Al-Jinah, Syria: Assessment confirms building targeted was a functioning mosque, US misidentification possibly cause of civilian casualties.
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MSF Supported Hospital

Attack on MSF supported hospital in al-Hamidiah, Idlib, Syria on 15 February 2016


A distinctive feature of the forums of international tribunals…


Forensic architecture refers to the practice of building surveyors…


Some drone-fired missiles can drill a hole through the roof before…


Field Causalities Exhumations are acts of “figuration”…


Predictive forensics is a mode of investigation concerned with…


THE FORENSIC TURN In recent decades, forensic exhumations of…


If geography expresses in its very etymology the possibility…


While photographs are essential for the forensic process, they…

Forensic Architecture

Violence at the Threshold of Detectability


SITUATION #82: Bomb Cloud Atlas, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 20 May - 17 September 2017

Reporting From The Front

La Biennale di Venezia 2016, 28 May - 27 November

Urban-Data Complex

Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2017: Multiple Future, Tokyo, 10 - 26 February 2017

Ape Law

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, 22 October – 20 November 2016

Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

MACBA, Barcelona, 28 April - 15 October 2017

77sqm_9:26min at documenta 14

The Society of the Friends of Halit presents FA report and film "77sqm_9:26min" as part of The Parliament of Bodies, the public program at documenta 14.

Report Launch: Blaming the Rescuers - Accusare i Soccorritori

New report from Forensic Oceanography launching 9 June 2017, Rome

Trafficking of Cultural Goods: 3D Modelling and Digital Colonialism

Christina Varvia and Sarah Nankivell present Saydnaya as part of a theme-led discussion on 9 June 2017 at The Photographers' Gallery

SITUATION #82, SITUATIONS / Fact - Fotomuseum Winterthur

Now on at the Fotomuseum Winterthur - SITUATION #82: Forensic Architecture, Bomb Cloud Atlas

In the Vestibule with Forensic Architecture

Exhibition from 16 June - 11 August 2017 as part of the 'In the Vestibule' series at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) in Montreal.

Cross(-)abilities in Design

Christina Varvia to give the keynote lecture at 12th International Design & Design History Symposium: Cross(-)abilities in Design. Izmir, 11-12 May 2017.

MACBA Seminar: Investigative Aesthetics, Events, and Traces

Forensic Architecture seminar at MACBA on 14 June 2017 at 16:00.

Saydnaya at Freiburger Filmforum

Saydnaya at the Freiburger Student Filmforum. Forensic Architecture filmmaker, Simone Rowat, will present the project on 27 May 2017 at 14:00.

Investigative Practices

Investigative Practices: Presentations by Goldsmiths Staff & Researchers + Launch of Eyal Weizman's latest book, Forensic Architecture - 24 May 2017 at 15:00

Negotiating the humanitarian space: where is the UK responsibility?

Stefan Laxness, FA Project Coordinator, will be presenting a paper at The Royal Society of Medicine on Forensic Architecture's work in preparing emergency reports on hospital airstrikes.

The Data Battlefield at FOMU

Forensic Architecture featured in The Data Battlefield, an exhibition within the Braakland project at Fotomuseum (FOMU) Antwerp.
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Lecture and Exhibition Opening: Evidence, Activism, and the Law in the Age of Post-Truth

To mark the opening of the exhibition Forensic Architecture at MACBA, this debate between Baltasar Garzón, Yolanda Álvarez, and Manuel Vergara will focus on the use of evidence, activism, the law and politics in the so-called age of post-truth.

Forensic Architecture at MACBA

Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics will be exhibited at MACBA (Barcelona) from April 28 - October 15, 2017.

Jonathan Littell: Wrong Elements

Free screening of Wrong Elements, a 2017 documentary by Jonathan Littell. Followed by a discussion between the writer and filmmaker Jonathan Littell and Eyal Weizman.

Book Launch and Lecture: Forensic Architecture

On the occasion of the launch of this new title by Eyal Weizman, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability, Weizman will be joined around the table by John Palmesino and a human rights lawyer to discuss the different ways in which architecture could become an investigative practice.

Are We Human?

3rd Istanbul Biennale

Design & Violence

Forensic Architecture exhibits the Bomb Cloud Atlas at the Dublin Science Gallery.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Forensic Architecture will be participating in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, titled REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, curated by Alejandro Aravena

Constellation.s- Arc en Rêve

Forensic Architecture will be exhibiting in constellation.s at the Architecture Center Arc en Rêve

Big Bang Data at Somerset House

Forensic Architecture is participating in the Big Bang Data exhibition at the Somerset House

Artefact 2016 - STUK - Up in the Air

Forensic Architecture will participate in Artefact 2016, Up in the Air at STUK.

Ground Truth

Forensic Architecture, in partnership with Zochrot's Visual Research Lab and the Al-Araqib village, host a one day temporary exhibition in the Negev.

The Art of Control - Hacking Habitat

Forensic Architecture will be participating in The Art of Control exhibition with Hacking Habitat, Utrecht.

The Art of Control- Hacking Habitat

Forensic Architecture will be exhibiting collaborated work with ScanLab from the Living Death Camps case for The Art of Control exhibition.