Twentieth-century architectural heritage (twentieth-century mental healthcare facilities in England)
Dr Malathouni's research in architectural heritage stems from earlier as Conservation Advisor at The Twentieth Century Society and focuses on twentieth-century architecture in England. She currently researches twentieth-century mental healthcare facilities and the complex implications of their heritage potential. Her session "Crossing the Borders between Mental Health and Mental Illness: Spatial Practices and Related Heritage from 1900" will be included in the 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies: Heritage Across Borders (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 1-6 September 2018).
Earlier heritage research that resulted in the listing of Preston Bus Station, Lancashire, in September 2013 also led to the "Save Preston Bus Station" campaign winning the Heritage Alliance Heroes Award 2014. This work is available online ("Preston Bus Station listing application") and an account of the 15-year listing saga is published in Fabrications, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: "Preston Bus Station: architectural history, politics and democracy in a post-World War II designation saga" (forthcoming March 2018; DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2018.1443568). "Future Heritage"
Architectural History & Theory: Claude Fayette Bragdon (1866-1946); "space"
Dr Malathouni's research in architectural history and theory falls is within the broad field of "spatial thinking" investigations, with a particular focus on the complex cross-disciplinary origins and associations of the notion of "space",especially as an intermediary between the human subject and the external world. Her doctoral research focused on the theoretical work of the American architect Claude F. Bragdon (1866-1946) and was funded by a number of funding bodies, including The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (Ramsden Bursary, 2004) and The Society of Architectural Historians, USA (Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship, 2014). Her thesis was nominated for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2011 (for Outstanding PhD Thesis) and she collaborated with American scholars in the production of the catalogue Claude Bragdon and The Beautiful Necessity, to which she contributed the opening chapter. Edited by Eugenia V. Ellis and Andrea G. Reithmayr (Rochester, NY: Cary Graphic Arts Press, RIT, 2010) the publication was ‘Division One winner’ of the 2011 Leab Exhibition Awards (USA). Further papers have been published in Architecture and the Unconscious (ed. John Hendrix and Lorens Holm; Routledge, 2016), Architectural Theory Review (2016), and The Journal of Architecture (2013), and From Models to Drawings: On Representation in Architecture (ed. Marco Frascari, Jonathan Hale, Bradley Starkey; Routledge, 2007).