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About me

I studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes in the late-90s: where Prof Murray Fraser (now at UCL) introduced me to the field of Cultural Studies and its significance for understanding architecture. I subsequently completed a Masters in Architectural History at the Bartlett, where I also completed my PhD (in 2011), under the supervision of Prof Jane Rendell and Prof Peg Rawes. I have taught the history of architecture, theories of architecture and history of London since 2005, in a number of Schools of Architecture, History departments, and Humanities departments, including Oxford Brookes, UCL, Queen Mary University of London, and New York University in London. Passionate about architecture, as something that is made, and is meaningful, I continue to research and communicate to academic, scholarly and public audiences. Since joining Westminster School of Architecture and Cities I have started the 'Unsettled Subjects/Confronting Questions' reading group.

Teaching

I currently teach modules on the cultural context of architecture at all levels, as module lead on Cultural Context One: A history of architecture; and as tutor or supervisor on CC2: Theories of architecture and urbanism; CC3: Dissertation; MArch Reflections 1: History and Theory Seminar; and MArch Reflections 2: Dissertation. 

Research

I am involved in two main areas of investigation in my research - the first concerns the reshaping of the architectural profession in the mid-twentieth century, as a result of the rapid reconfiguration of industries related to the built environment. The second concerns the intellectual and political movement of the New Left in Britain, and how this movement and its key protagonists responded to, thought through, and contributed to, urban and architectural changes.

My research has been supported and strengthened by collaborations with a diverse range of researchers, but in particular/profoundly through work with Dr Tilo Amhoff, at University of Brighton, and Prof Katie Lloyd Thomas at Newcastle University.

I am currently in receipt of a Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Mid-Career Fellowship, which will be used to finish writing of a book on the New Left: From Progress to Possibility: the urban imagination of the New Left, 1956-1962

List of Publications:

‘Social Condensation in the Metropole: Locating the First New Left’, Journal of Architecture, vol. 22, no. 3 (May 2017), 488–511.

with Katie Lloyd Thomas and Adam Sharr (eds), Into the Hidden Abode, special issue of Architecture and Culture, vol. 3, no. 3 (November 2015).

with Katie Lloyd Thomas and Tilo Amhoff (eds), Industries of Architecture (London: Routledge, 2015).

 (ed.) Telling Places, a special issue of Multi: The RIT Journal of Diversity & Plurality in Design, vol. 2, no. 1 (Winter, 2008). 

 ‘Humdrum Tasks of the Salaried Men: Edwin Williams a LCC architect at war’, Footprint: Delft architecture theory journal no. 17 (Autum/Winter 2015), 9–26.

‘Groundworks: Constructing Everyday Life at the South Bank 1948’, in Ákos Moravánszky, Christian Schmid, Lukasz Stanek (eds), Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in social research and architecture (London: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 191–205. 

‘Demolition Figures: The appearance and expression of the mattockman and topman in lcc contracts, 1941–1951’, Architectural Research Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 3 (2012), 245–52.

Et tu, Peter? Some kinds of real–(and not so) politik at the Festival of Britain’, in Mathew Aitchison and John Macarthur (ed.) Townscape, a special issue of Journal of Architecture, vol. 17, no. 5 (2012), 747–62.