The Architectural History and Theory Group includes scholars engaged in a wide range of research into architectural history and theory, cultural studies, urbanism and heritage. These explore the ‘what, why, how and for whom?’ of architectural and building custom and practice, and the various changing meanings and interpretations which have been placed upon them both in the past and in contemporary culture. In a broad reading, architecture may be viewed as artefact, manifestation, symptom or agent of change, fundamental to our understanding of where we have come from and critical to the future development of the built and social environment.

Members of the group conduct ground-breaking research in a number of key areas, host symposia and conferences, edit journals, curate exhibitions, and publish books, book chapters, journal articles and reviews.

The group invites interest for PhD study in architectural history and theory and European heritage studies.

Modern Faith Architecture Network

Modern places of worship are an integral feature of Britain’s architectural landscape. Faith buildings shape our identity, articulate cultural and social shifts across time, connect us with pioneering artistic movements and tell the story of Britain’s rich history of migration.

The Modern Faith Architecture Network brings together scholars, architects, designers, planners and the heritage sector to share expertise and ideas on the architecture of all faiths in modern Britain and explores expansive questions about the interaction of buildings with faith, art, philosophy, politics and society.

The network provides a virtual platform to disseminate information on current projects; promote and facilitate new research and organise events and host collaborative workshops and symposia.