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Dr Barnabas Calder

Senior Lecturer Architecture


Personal Statement

Barnabas Calder is head of the History of Architecture Research Cluster - the largest architectural history research grouping in the UK.

Barnabas's research focuses on the relationship between energy and human culture throughout history. He also works on British architecture since 1945.

His book Architecture: From Prehistory to Climate Emergency (Pelican, 2021) has been hailed as 'one of the most significant architectural publications of recent years' (Professor Florian Urban, in The Drouth). Italian and Japanese editions are available, and it is currently being translated into Chinese and Turkish.

Professor Adrian Forty wrote of Calder's book Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism (William Heinemann, 2016), 'like Ruskin, the intensity of his observation can be startling. Calder has looked longer and harder at the buildings he writes about than most other people, and this makes for compelling reading.'

Barnabas is working on a history of the relationship between energy and human culture, and a complete works of Denys Lasdun, funded by the Graham Foundation and in collaboration with the RIBA British Architectural Library Special Collections.