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Dr Torsten Schmiedeknecht DipArch MArch PhD Architect ARB FHEA

Reader in Architecture Architecture


    Personal Statement

    I studied architecture at TU Darmstadt in Germany, and the Polytechnic of Central London, and I registered as an architect in the UK in 2001.
    Before taking a full-time post at Liverpool, I taught part-time at Kingston and Liverpool, and worked in practice in Germany, the UK, France and Greece.
    My research interests are the representation of architecture in print media; architectural competitions; and rationalism in C20 architecture.
    I have instigated and co-edited two volumes on C20 rationalism (Rationalist Traces, with Andrew Peckham and Charles Rattray, 2007; The Rationalist Reader, with Andrew Peckham, 2014), two volumes on the relationship between fame and architecture (Fame and Architecture, with Julia Chance, 2001; An Architect's Guide to Fame, with Paul Davies, 2005), and one volume on the relationship between architecture journals and modernism (Modernism and the Professional Architecture Journal - Reporting, editing and reconstructing in postwar Europe, with Andrew Peckham, 2018).
    My PhD thesis, for which initial research was funded by the AHRC, was on the German competition journal Wettbewerbe Aktuell, and my work on competitions has been published in several peer reviewed journals and edited books on competitions.
    In July 2016 I was awarded a Research Trust Award (RIBA) for a project investigating postwar architecture in children’s picture books: The representation of Modern Architecture through illustrations in postwar British Children’s Literature. This research was presented in an exhibition I curated at RIBA North in Liverpool (April / May 2019). A co-authored paper, with Dr Emma Hayward, 'Absent Architectures' was published in the Journal of Architecture 24.4.
    I am currently working on a monograph on the German architecture journal Baumeister, and on an edited volume (with Jill Rudd and Emma Hayward) on the representation of modern architecture and modernity in picturebooks for children.