upcoming Events


A joint Spring Conference Day with the Guild of Pastoral Psychology
Saturday 22nd May 2021
As we are not able to meet in OXFORD as planned, the two lectures will be delivered live by webinar on the GUILD OF PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY website. Please click here to see details and book your place. You will be sent details later via email as to how to click in and watch on the day.


  • Lucy Huskinson, Bangor University
  • Martin Gledhill, Bath University

Architecture of the Self: Towers of Nietzsche and Jung

The influence of Nietzsche on Jung’s ideas and Jung’s personal development is well documented. Unknown to many, however, is their common interest in architecture and the built environment, and the role this plays in their respective ideas about the development of self.

In later life, both thinkers came to identify themselves with specific buildings, experiencing a heightened sense of self in relation to the architectural design. Their respective buildings are loosely described as ‘towers’. For Jung, it was the construction of his ‘tower’ at Bollingen on Lake Zurich, which revealed to him his “whole self in stone”. For Nietzsche, it was the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, which expressed the vital “height instinct” described by his Zarathustra, prophet of the Übermensch).

Our talks will consider revisit the influence of Nietzsche on Jung through the lens of their architectural interests.

Biographical notes

Lucy Huskinson (PhD) is Professor of Philosophy at Bangor University, UK. She recently finished twelve years as Co-Editor-In-Chief of The International Journal of Jungian Studies and is author of several works of philosophy and analytical psychology, including Nietzsche and Jung: The Whole Self in the Union of Opposites (Routledge), which has been translated into several languages. Her research interests are principally in the overlaps of philosophy and architectural theory, and psychoanalysis and the built environment. In her latest book, Architecture and the Mimetic Self (Routledge), she explains how theories of depth psychology can be extended beyond its traditional concern for interpersonal relations with people, to make sense of our vital relationships with the built environment.

Martin Gledhill is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Bath. In parallel to his teaching (and practice) of architecture he also holds a MA in Jungian and post-Jungian Studies. He is presently involved in a PhD on Jung’s tower at Bollingen which explores the relationship between Jung’s psychological concepts and built form. His research interests also include an exploration into the relationship of Jungian thought and our collective sense of place, as well as Jung, education and the creative process.

Guild of Pastoral Psychology Talks

You can now listen to four talks David gave to the Guild of Pastoral Psychology by following this link.