The Architectural and Urban History Group

Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay

Sir James Stirling Chair of Architecture, BArch, MArch, PhD

Soumyen Bandyopadhyay’s work explores three key areas: urban and architectural history and culture in the Middle East, Modernity in the Indian subcontinental region, and design theory at the intersection of history and contemporary thought. He is Director of the research centre, ArCHIAM (Architecture and Cultural Heritage of India, Arabia and the Maghreb, www.archiam-centre.com) which aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for historical and contemporary research into the built environment of three interconnected global regions.

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Dr Alexandrina Buchanan

Dr Alexandrina Buchanan

BA, MSc, PhD, Dip Arch, FSA

My architectural research focuses on the architecture of the middle ages and its reception, interpretation and re-use in the post-medieval period. I am fascinated by how medieval buildings continue to shape and be shaped by both our everyday experience and our highest ideals.

Dr Barnabas Calder

Dr Barnabas Calder

BA, MA, PhD

Barnabas Calder specialises in postwar British architecture. He is completing a book to be published by William Heinemann on the heavy concrete buildings of late Brutalism, and is working on an online complete works of Denys Lasdun, to be hosted by the RIBA and funded by the Graham Foundation.

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Dr Fei Chen

Dr Fei Chen

BArch, MA, PhD

Fei has been working on urban morphology, urban design theories and the role of urban design in the planning system for new development and regeneration. Her expertise lies in Chinese urban development, both historical and contemporary, as well as design and planning of Chinese cities.

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Dr Marco Iuliano

Dr Marco Iuliano

Laurea cum Laude, MPhil, PhD

My research focuses on the intersections between architecture and the visual arts (particularly photography and cartography) and includes the approach to representation as a system related to the conception of architectural ideas. I am equally interested in contemporary architectural history, theory and design.

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Dr Iain Jackson
Professor Neil Jackson

Professor Neil Jackson

Charles Reilly Chair of Architecture, Dip Arch, MA, PhD, RIBA, FSA

Neil Jackson works on 19th and 20th century British, American and Japanese architecture and has published widely in these areas. As an architect and architectural historian, he is particularly interested in how buildings are designed and built, how ideas are transferred, and the importance of architecture in history. He is currently President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

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Rob Kronenburg

Professor Robert Kronenburg

Roscoe Chair of Architecture, BA, Dip Arch, M.Phil, PhD, RIBA

My research engages with innovative forms of architectural design, film and popular music, one important strand of which is my long-standing work on the history and development of portable and flexible architecture. Currently I am working on a definitive international history of popular music performance architecture from 1850 to the present day.

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Dr Christina Malathouni

Dip, Arch, MSc, PhD

Principal research interests are within the areas of architectural history and architectural conservation. Specifically, the introduction of the notion of ‘space’ into the modern architectural vocabulary and its cross-disciplinary origins; and the evaluation and management of twentieth-century architectural heritage.

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Professor Simon Pepper

Professor Simon Pepper

Emeritus Professor of Architecture, AADipl (Hons), PhD, FSA, RIBA

Simon Pepper publishes on 19th and 20th century British social architecture (housing, planning, public libraries), and Early Modern European military architecture (chiefly Italian fortification).

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Dr Giamila Quattrone

Dr Giamila Quattrone

Crossing over disciplinary boundaries between architectural technology, design and history, Giamila’s research explores three main strands: contemporary regionalist architecture, with a focus on Australia and the work of Glenn Murcutt, vernacular architecture of Tunisia and Oman, and contemporary architectural and urban re-cycling practices. She is Project Coordinator of ArCHIAM (Centre for the Study of Architecture and Cultural Heritage of India, Arabia and the Maghreb, www.archiam-centre.com), within which she supervises and mentors junior researchers and research assistants.

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Professor Nicholas Ray

Professor Nicholas Ray

Honorary Visiting Professor of Architecture, MA (Cantab), Dip Arch (UCL), RIBA

Nicholas Ray is an architect in practice in Cambridge where he taught before joining the University of Liverpool. His theoretical pre-occupations over a period of more than 40 years have resulted in publications on Alvar Aalto, Rafael Moneo, Cambridge contemporary architecture and architecture's ethical dilemmas.

Dr Torsten Schmiedeknecht

Dr Torsten Schmiedeknecht

Dip Arch, MArch, PhD

I am variously pursuing three different strands of research: the representation of architects and architecture in print media; the culture of architectural competitions; rationalism and neo-rationalism, with a particular interest in the question of type. 

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Dr Neal Shasore

Dr Neal Shasore

MA, MSt, DPhil

Neal Shasore is a Leverhume Early Career Fellow based at the School until 2020. His research focuses primarily on interwar British architecture and planning, and he is completing two projects in that area: a monograph based on his doctoral research, putatively titled Architecture and the Public in Interwar Britain, and a short volume on the history of the RIBA's headquarters, 66 Portland Place. While at Liverpool, he will be working on a new project entitled 'Civic Centre: Architecture, Civic Design and the Municipal Project.' This interwoven architectural, political and social history will be the first sustained study of town halls and civic centres in twentieth century Britain explored through a number of representative case studies.

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Professor Mark Swenarton

Emeritus Professor of Architecture, BA, MA, PhD, FRSA, FRHistS, Hon FRIBA

My research centres on the relationship between architecture, housing and politics in the twentieth century. Currently my main research (commenced 2008) is on the high-density low-rise housing developed at Camden in the 1960s/70s. A parallel project is looking at Architecture and the Welfare State in a transnational perspective, with colleagues from TU Delft and elsewhere.

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Dr. Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez

Dr Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez

BA, MArch, MDesS, PhD

Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez is an architect specialising in documenting the invention and implementation of pioneering materials and technologies for architecture that emerged at the turn of the 20th century. Her recent research centered on early examples of glass and ceramic skins with integrated environmental systems.

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Dr Nick Webb

Dr Nick Webb

BA, MArch, PhD

My research utilises digital representation techniques as a method of re-analysing historically important works of architecture. This has primarily been in the context of schemes that have been destroyed or were not built at all, and now also includes works that still physically exist.

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