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MA Architectural History

Overview

Started in 1981, the MA Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture is the UK's longest established and best known master's course in the historical, theoretical and critical interpretation of architecture, cities, urban spaces, creative practices and of their representations.

Over the past 30 years the course has been continually developed and revised, prioritising the exploration of new and existing methodologies and critical theories as they might be applied to the study of architecture and cities. Rather than dealing with architecture exclusively through the work of famous individuals, landmark buildings, stylistic classification or normative categories, the course locates architecture within social, ideological, creative, political, theoretical and urban processes. In doing so, it explores the boundaries of what might be regarded as legitimate architectural objects of study, and the interpretations that might be made of them.

Five broad modes of architectural history organise these approaches: buildings and their historiography; histories and theories of cities and urbanisation; critical spatial practices (including site-writing); the history and theory of architectural technology, and; histories of aesthetics, wellbeing and ecology. 

The student cohort of c.25 comprises comprises a dynamic mix of UK, EU and international participants from all parts of the world.

The course also benefits greatly from being situated within an extensive graduate and research environment, including the presence of a very large cohort of PhD students in the MPhil/PhD Architectural History and Theory and MPhil/PhD Architectural Design programmes, as well as a similarly extensive range of faculty members with interests in architectural history and theory. The latter include, among others, Professor Iain Borden, Dr Ben Campkin, Professor Mario CarpoProfessor Adrian Forty, Professor Murray Fraser, Professor Jonathan Hill, Professor Frédéric Migayrou, Dr Barbara Penner, Dr Peg Rawes, Professor Jane Rendell and Dr Tania Sengupta. Students on the MA Architectural History are thus immersed in one of the world's largest and most innovative centres for architectural history and theory, and are able to engage in innumerable seminars, research presentations and other events. See here for more information on the full range of programmes, research, news and events connected with architectural history & theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Located in the centre of London, MA Architectural History students also benefit from a huge range of research, study and personal opportunities, from the dynamism of the city itself as one of the foremost global centres of architectural and urban culture, to the use of extensive libraries and other research facilities, to the opportunity to enjoy innumerable public exhibitions, conferences, lectures, debates, film screening and other events.

Programme Objectives

The course is intended for architects who have already qualified or are in the process of qualification, and also for graduates of other disciplines such as art history, the visual arts, history, geography or anthropology who wish to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history or acquire a foundation for research in this area.

The main focus of the course is on architecture and cities of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, although occasional reference is also made to a wider range of historical material. Buildings, texts, architects, films, drawings, maps, plans, paintings and other representations and creative practices are all critically interpreted.

The main teaching mode is the seminar, supplemented by lectures from internal staff and visitors, as well as building and gallery visits in London and further afield, video and film screenings, group working and one-to-one tutorials.

Seminars are the leading teaching mode, together with: lectures, research seminars and reviews of student-work by BSA staff and visiting researchers; building and gallery visits in London and further afield; a field-trip; video and film screenings; group working and one-to-one tutorials.

The Bartlett's Architectural History & Theory team also organises public lectures by distinguished visiting international speakers, focusing on the intersection of historical and critical theory with different kinds of architectural practice, as well as a PhD seminars and conferences on advanced architectural historical and critical methods. The new international visiting Programme professorship and its Public Research Conference further extend its research content and dissemination platforms.

The MA Architectural History provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, in terms of both the objects of study examined and the various methodologies which can be used to interpret architecture and disseminate work in the field. The modules combine advanced-level seminars and other structured teaching events with innovative student-led work. The final report (dissertation) provides students with an opportunity to conduct their own original research into a specific subject of their own choosing.

Contact details:

Programme Director, Dr Peg Rawes, send an email

Programme Administrator, send an email

Structure

MA Architectural History students must complete and pass 180 credits, made up of 120 credits of approved taught modules, and 60 credits of the Architectural History Report with Oral Examination. The 120 credits of approved taught modules must contain at least 90 credits from the course curriculum - a further 30 credits may be chosen from other UCL graduate programmes, on condition that the student has the agreement of both the course director, and the co-ordinator of the module the student wishes to take.

Compulsory Modules

BENVGAH5 Critical Methodologies of Architectural History
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework Term 1

BENVGAH3 Research and Dissemination of Architectural History Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework Term 1

Optional Modules

BENVGAH1 Architecture in 19th-and 20th-Century Britain
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework Term 2

BENVGAH2 Representations of Cities
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework Term 2

BENVGAH4 Theorising Practices: Architecture, Art and Urbanism
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework Term 2

BENVGAH6 History and Theory of Digital Design
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework Term 2

From the academic year 2015 onwards, new optional modules will be available, including, the history and theory of architectural eco-aesthetics (further details to follow).

Please note, not all option modules are always offered in every academic year and prospective students are advised to discuss their interests with the Programme Leader during the application process.

Dissertation

BENVGBE2 Architectural History Report with Oral Examination
Credits: 60
Assessment: Dissertation (Report) + short Oral Examination Term 3 and summer vacation

During this module, students will also participate in the Programme field-trip, the Dissertation Review Seminars with invited international critics, and develop their Dissertation into a publication for the Programme's end of year Public Research Conference.

Content

BENVGAH5 Critical Methodologies of Architectural History

This module reviews the range of methods and approaches open to the architectural historian, critic and theorist, as well as the traditions from which each derives, and the controversies around them. Through a weekly seminar, students read and discuss works by a variety of architectural historians (e.g. Çelik, Colomina, Vidler and Wölfflin) and texts by authors including Barthes, Freud and Hegel on the theory of history and aesthetics. They also consider issues such as gender, semiology, psychoanalysis, theories of technology, phenomenology and postcolonialism in relation to architectural history.


BENVGAH3 Research and Dissemination of Architectural History

This module complements the more theoretical and historical modules of the MA Architectural History programme by examining some of the more practical aspects of research, development and application. The module investigates a variety of ways of working with, researching and communicating architectural history in order to allow different kinds of information, interpretations and audiences to be addressed. A series of weekly lectures and assignments explores alternative methods of researching (archives, photographs and imagery, oral history, internet and digital sources) and communicating (teaching courses, journalism, exhibitions, policy, radio and media broadcasting).


BENVGAH1 Architecture in 19th- and 20th-Century Britain

The Module examines a range of built work in London and Oxford, and asks what kinds of historical and critical judgements can be developed from encounters with buildings. Works studied in any one year might include such projects as Barry's Reform Club, Tecton's Finsbury Health Centre and Jacobsen's St Catherine’s College Oxford, for example. Students gain a specific knowledge of these particular buildings and of the wider historical context in which they have been produced and interpreted. Students also gain greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented to architectural history by encounters with the built fabric, as distinct from other available forms of evidence.

Limited module enrolment: please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Peg Rawes, for further information.


BENVGAH2 Representations of Cities

This module reviews the variety of ways in which cities have been conceptualised in recent urban and cultural theory. It introduces how the city can be understood as a set of differing cultural experiences: experiences of time, space, social identity, artistic interventions etc. Methodologically, the module introduces some of the main architectural and critical theories - such as the work of Baudrillard, Benjamin, de Certeau, Debord, Deleuze, Derrida, Habermas, Le Corbusier, Lefebvre, Rossi, Simmel and Tschumi - relating to the experience of the city. In particular, the category of social space is introduced as an important concept which mediates between different disciplines, and links thinkers who have considered the intersection of buildings, cities and people. 

Limited module enrolment: please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Peg Rawes, for further information.


BENVGAH4 Theorising Practices: Architecture, Art and Urbanism

This module examines critical architectural and creative practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. In particular, it explores the relationship between the different practices of architecture, art and urbanism, the relationship between critical theories from an interdisciplinary perspective, and the relationship between practice and theory. A wide range of practices and projects are investigated, both contemporary and historical, from architecture to landscape, and from performance art to urban design.

Limited module enrolment: please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Peg Rawes, for further information.


BENVGAH6 History and Theory of Digital Design

This seminar will assess the present state of computer-based design by situating today's digital turn within the long duration of the history of cultural technologies. It will first describe the technical logics of hand-making, mechanical reproductions, and digital making, and highlight the differences between digital variability, manual and artisanal variations, and the mechanical mass-production of identical copies. It will focus on some instances of identical reproduction that were crucial in architectural history, and particularly on the early modern invention of architectural notations and of architectural authorship (the rise of the ‘Albertian paradigm’ in the Renaissance), and on the modernist principle of standardization in the 20th century. It will then outline a brief history of the digital turn and of its theoretical and technological premises: from Post-Modernism and Deconstructivism and the invention of the Deleuzian ‘Fold’ to the spline-dominated environment of the 1990s; from free-form, topology and digital formalism to mass-customization, non-standard seriality and more recent developments in digital interactivity, participatory making and building information modeling (BIM). Lastly, it will discuss the present state of digital design theory, and particularly the issue of BigData, its cultural and epistemological implications, and its consequences for the making of form (theories of emergence, self-organizing systems, form-finding, material computation, complexity, and discretization). 

Limited module enrolment: please contact the Programme Leader, Dr Peg Rawes, for further information.


BENVGBE2 Architectural History Report with Oral Examination

This module requires students following the MA Architectural History to submit a 10,000-word report (dissertation) on a subject agreed with the teaching staff. Students choose a subject lying within the scope of the syllabus, making use of the techniques and methods taught in the course. Examples of recent dissertations include:

  • Architecture and the Ear: the Aural Experience of Travelling on the London Underground
  • Italy and Albania: Architectural Encounters in the Fascist Age, 1925-1944
  • The Ladies' Gallery: Life and Death of a Gendered Space in the House of Commons
  • Line, Text, Silence and Scale: Reading the Raven Maps of Londonderry, 1622
  • Ziggurats for Bureaucrats: Sir Leslie Martin's 1965 Whitehall Plan
  • Is There Such a Thing as the Modern Detail?
  • Szczecin: Formation of a New Identity after World War II

A full list of reports by all students on the MA Architectural History can be found here.

Dissertations

The following are all of the research dissertations, also known as 'reports', produced by students on the MA Architectural History programme (formerly MSc Architecture: History of Modern Architecture and MSc Built Environment: Architectural History) since 1982. Those marked with * were commended as being outstanding.

All of these dissertations are available for consultation in the UCL Library.


2012

Ana Baeza 
* Performing Whiteness: The Imperfect Case of Chinese-American Cultural Rebirth in San Francisco Chinatown, 1906-1920s

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Lucy Dunn
Truth and Fiction: the Barbican and Post-modernism

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Reenie Elliott
* Berlin Observation Towers: the Collapse of Power and Vision

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Jenine Hudson    
Imaging the King's Cross Gasometers, 1988-2012

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Rebecca Lane
* Constructs of Home and Identity in Public Policy and the Psychic Realities of a Long-term Homeless Hostel

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Tatjana Leboff
* The Geographies of the Soho Prostitute: Locale, Gender and Mobility

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Runa Matthiesen
* The Use and Abuse of Heritage in Brandscaping: Place-making of Carlsberg's Our City Townscape in Copenhagen

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Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz
Copeland Industrial Park: Culture, Community and Urban Change

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Adam Nemeth
Architecture, Urban Planning and State Power in the late Eighteenth Century Habsburg Monarchy: the Case of Pest

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Dafni Papaemmanouil
The Image of the Parthenon: an Exploration of its Various Uses

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Isabelle Priest 
* Coming Clean: In Search of Le Corbusier's Cleaners in his Parisian Domestic Architecture, 1922-1934

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Claudia Rath
Food in Kitchen Representations: Good Housekeeping Magazine

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Cate St.Hill
* Big Jim in Runcorn: Urban Memory and the Demolished Southgate Estate

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Yuki Sumner
Angels and Demons of History: the Architects of Air

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Freya Wigzell
* Pleasure's Follies

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2011

Antonio Desiderio
Branding Surface: an Investigation of Branded Space and Architecture

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Beatrice Galilee
The Anxious Space

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John Jervis
Prophesying Indeterminacy: John Weeks and the Northwick Park Hospital and Clinical Research Centre

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Dervla Macmanus
* Staircases: an Exploration of their Symbolic Meaning

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Jessica Northend
* Building Theory: the New Left Review and the treatment of the built environment 1960-2011

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Yeva Sargsyan
Past for the Present or Present for the Past? The role of historic architecture in contemporary culture

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Manuel López Segura
* 'There is one difficulty that I see and that is that you think in English'. Exchanges between Britain and Italy through the pages of Casabella and the Architectural Review on the occasion of the Neo-liberty debate

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Nigel Simpkins
Performance, representation and the body in dance-architectures of Frederic Flamand

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Elizabeth Sutherland
A Trauma Telescoped: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

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Amy Thomas
* 'Mart of the World': an architectural and geographical history of the London Stock Exchange

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Sriwan Tianpongsa
'Moving Interior': Tracing Meaning and Memory of Panelled Rooms 

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2010

Maria Cabrera Vergara
The 21st Century Church; 1990-2010:'Constructing' a new concept of sacred architecture

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Cathy Clark
The Cast Iron Bandstand: a Mass-Produced Object with Humanity

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Gabriela García de Cortazar
* Architecture and 'the Public'; between discourses in journals, buildings in London and possibilities opened from the'50s until today

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Mirian Delaney
* Line, Text, Silence and Scale: Reading the Raven Maps of Londonderry, 1622

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Teresa Fankhänel
Visual Topoi and Townscapes. Dresden's Image Production between 1949 and 1989

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Natasha Ghani
The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Panteleimon: Geometric Tensions during the Construction Process

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Genti Gjikola
Italy and Albania: Architectural Encounters in the Fascist Age, 1925-1944

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Danielle Hewitt
Limits, Finality and Excess: Considering Material and Temporal Transgression in the Post Industrial Landscape at Holbeck, Leeds

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Mika Larrison
The Chain goes Local

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Claudio Leoni
* 'Topography of Terror', about a site in Berlin, a way of remembrance and a project by Peter Zumthor

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Kieran Mahon
Tracing the Quiet Anarchy: 20th century British anarchism, the built environmnt and Colin Ward.

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Guiomar Martin Domínguez
* 'Dreaming the Beauty of the Unusual': Back and Forth between Reggio Emilia's Pedagogy and Architecture

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Nathan Moore
* Diagrams of Control: Architecture, Law and Power

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Catalina Mejia Moreno
(writing) architecture: 5 encounters, 1 proposal

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Sophie Read
* An Architectural Lecture: Le Corbusier at the AA (1947)

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Jimena Hogrebe Rodriguez
Context's Context. The use of the word'context' in Western European architecture, 1950-2010

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Fadi Sultagi
The Sanctuary of Bel, Palmyra: An Experience of its Missing Layer

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Karolina Szynalska
* Sam Scorer. A lesser known architect of the twentieth century

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Gerlinde Verhaeghe
Carrefour de l'Europe Brussels: an Investigation into the Urban Void

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2009

Wesley Aelbrecht
* Architecture and Ethnography in the Slums of Lisbon: a Study of Participation in the Films of Pedro Costa, 1997-2006

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Kristina Desman
Back in Europe. Exhibitions of Slovenian Architecture Abroad 2004-2009

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Amy Frearson
Mediating Robin Hood, A Study of Robin Hood Gardens in Media Discourse

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Madeleine Helmer
A Walk in the Garden: Gertrude Jekyll's Munstead Wood

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Justin Smith
* Sundays in October: Texas Prison Rodeo and Huntsville Prison Stadium. A Monograph of Power

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Susannah Stopford
'The Uncanny' Effect: Paris, 1919 and the Photographic Work of Eugène Atget

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2008

Amber Burrow-Goldhahn
* Spaces of Chernobyl: Emptiness and Fullness, Absence and Presence

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Nadia Carnovale
The Development of Social Housing Projects in Post War Europe

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Ros Croker
The Regeneration Game: Place-making and Community at Barrier Point, East London

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Sandra Kreidel
* Concept and Experience: Tate Modern. An essay on the intersection of orders in architecture

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Emma Jones
* The Ladies' Gallery: life and death of a gendered space in the House of Commons

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Torsten Lange
* Spaces for Critique: Tracing Public Debate in Architectural Magazines in the GDR in the 1970s and 1980s

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Janna Lipsky
In the Context of Modernism: Paul Zucker and the Rhythm of Space

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Louis Moreno
* The Architecture of Human Capital: a Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Contemporary School Buildings with Special Reference to Building Schools for the Future

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Nisreen Moustafa
Essence of the Alhambra. A Phenomenological Account of the Hasrid Palaces Through the Lens of Twelfth Century Andalucian Sislamic Philosophy

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Piangor Pattayakorn
Tracing Domestic Convenience

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Gurmeet Sian
* Caste/d Space. A Reinterpretation of the Movement and Architecture of Dashashwamedh Ghat, Varanasi, India

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Alex Tait
Walking in the Sentimental City of Charles Dickens' Sketches by Boz

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Jason Vir
The Geffrye Museum: constructing the past for the present

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2007

C. Choi
Recovering History: Philip Morton Shand and the Mission of Modernism

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J. Hoffman
Revision of the City: Boston's Lessons in Urban Redevelopment from Top-Down to Bottom-up, 1950-Present

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S. Holguin-Veras
On the Under-Bridge

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W. Lee
* Lives of the Dead: Thoughts on Bodies in Spaces of Transition from Life to Death, Observing Smithfield Market and St Bartholomew's Hospital in London

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V. Oikonomopoulos
Eugenics in the House. Modernism, Architecture and Eugenics and the production of Kensal House in the UK during the interwar period

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Jacob Paskins
* Architecture and the ear: the aural experience of travelling on the London Underground

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P. Whitehouse
Paris, Montparnasse (an irreducibly social photograph)

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2006

G.L. Amadei
Metropolis versus Necropolis. Polarity in the relationship between the city and the cemetery in history

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A. Antoniou
Innovative Primary Health and Community Care Models in Britain since 1980

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R. Atkinson
Identity and the Experience of Public Space. The Bishopsgate-Wormwood Street Walkway

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T. Berstrand
Splitting and Red House: Two Homes Set Apart

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B. Callsen
Home-making - architects, users and the'prefab'

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K. Charalampopoulou
* Description - Realism - Detail in architectural historical writing

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C.R. Grenci
Is there such a thing as the Modern Detail?

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E. Harfouche
Rhythms and the Interstice. Negotiations of History and Memories through Beirut's Central Square

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Anne Hultzsch
* Looking Through Words. On visual perception mediated through Nikolaus Pevsner's Buildings of England and other writings

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Rebecca Litchfield
* Invisible Cities: New York, Fiction and Alternative Cartographies

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R. Maloney
Unknown Spaces. Covering the universe with drawings we've lived

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E. Meade
The Last Rites of St Peters Seminary, Cardross, and the Dynamics of Dereliction

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C. Rother
Szczecin - Formation of a new identity in a city due to territorial changes after the second world war

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S. Tutsch
* Re-charging the Void: Some notes on Robin Hood Gardens

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2005

E. Athanasiadou
Courtyard Houses in Contemporary Greece

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Nicholas Beech
* The Corridor of Our School: the development of a practice appropriate to the study of everyday space

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A. Blount
* Sir John Soane's Museum: Changlessness and Change

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H.H. Chuang
Can We Detect English National Identity through Architecture during the 1920s and 1930s?

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E. Cobb
Mid-Nineteenth Century Conflict: Religious and Scientific Discourse in Architectural History

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Y. Osawa
Japanese Restaurants in London and Tokyo

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T. Sun
A Spatial Story: Ai Weiwei

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2004

S. Ahmed
Brixton: Text, Signage and Writing in the Urban Fabric

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Tilo Amhof
Adapting the Architect's Products to Capitalist Building Production

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S. Charlton
* The Sweet Security of Streets, Negotiating the Public Realm around the Inns of Court, 1660-1689

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E. Fotsi
Interpretative Approaches to Ancient Greek Drama: Theatrical Space and Theatrical Meaning in Contemporary Performances of Greek Tragedy

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Sophie Handler
* doing un-doing over-doing re-doing

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K. Kice
Recording London

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Yat-Ming Loo
* White Skins/Yellow Masks. Race, Urban Forms and British Colonialism, a Study of Kuala Lumpur (1880-1920)

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J. Lowenfeld
* Regeneration of Britain's Council Estates in the 1980s and 1990s: The Making of a Political and Architectural Consensus

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M. Sorowka

Lowdham Grange, Constructing the Principles of the Borstall Experiment

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C. Upson

You can Lead a Horse to Water ... the RIBA/Ideal Home Small House Scheme, 1959

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2003

Darinka Aleksic
The Future of Public Housing? An Analysis of New Urbanism and the HOPE VI Program

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Tahl Kaminer
The End of the Crisis. Rem Koolhaas, The Discourse of the Analyst and the Levelling of Culture 1970-2000

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Jane McAllister
* A Stroll around the South Bank with Enlightened Companions

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Rory O'Callaghan
The Genealogy of Mourning in Post-War British Architecture

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Wesley Pierce
Social Reality in Perception of Architectural Destruction during the Blitz

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Nerma Pnjavorac
On Tito's Street

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Lucy Read
Emancipation from the Word: Saussurian Value in Classical Sonata Form, a Model for Structuralist Architectural Practice without Semiosis

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Ian Rice
* 'Ziggurats for Bureaucrats' - Sir Leslie Martin's 1965 plan to Redevelop Whitehall

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Rosalyne Shieh
Building, Writing, Meaning, an Enquiry into the Work and Words of Peter Zumthor

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Elli Stathaki
'Architecture and ... The Smiths'. Relating Music and Architecture

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Sotirios Varsamis
Spatial Palindromes

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Murphy Xu
Public Life in Hotel Lobbies and Lounges - Hilton Hotels London

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Cordula Zeidler
Signification and the Event. The Changing Perception of the Twin Towers before and After 9/11

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2002

Julia Bodenstein
* In Search of Lost Ground. Women Architects in the GDR

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Good, F.
Encounters with the Spatial. The Relationship of the Spectator to Him/Herself and as Somehow the Subject of the Artwork

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Hamilton, J.
An Architecture of Asylum

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Pfanner, K.
* In/Between. Spatial and Visual Thoughts on Bay Windows

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Morag Tait
* Mappery in the Metropolis: The Case of the London Street Finder, 1810-1936

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Thompson, A.
Et in Arcadia Ego? Dereliction in Philadelphia and at the Eastern State Penitentiary

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Tianzhao, L.
Wander the Order, Wander ChinaTown

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Nina Vollenbroker
* 'The retrospective traveller and the thinker among the tombs'. In Search of Savannah

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Well, Y.
* Piloti

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Wu, M-J.
Rocking City; Underground Space. An Investigation of'Underground' in Urban Space

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2001

Ben Campkin
* Dirty Subjects. Degeneration and Regeneration in King's Cross

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Lilian Chee
* The Purloined Museum. Finding the'Freud Museum'

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Valentina Croci
The Merchandising of Culture: the Grenville shop in the British Museum, Gucci and Marni shops in London' Sloane Street

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*Carole Ebert
Thinking and Making. Cross Disciplinary Reflections on Architecture with specific reference to Architecture and Disjunction by Bernard Tschumi and Collage City by Colin Rowe

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Gönlügür, E.
The Architecture of the Eye: Spectatorship and Theatre Architecture in late nineteenth century London

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Jon Goodbun
Empathising with Abstraction, or Objects, and How to Help them with their Problems

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Hunt, J.
What was the last day you could call your own?

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Kirkham, N.
Nature as Protest: a Tree in the Machine

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Kurg, A.
* Making the World Take Flight. Diverging discourses on art, seeing and resistance in the works of Jüri Okas

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Shih-yao Lai
The Symbolism of the Station Architecture of the Jubilee Line Extension

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Querfurth, K.
* White-wash

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Robbetts, K.
* Sheltering Paradise: Architecture, Nature and Environmentalism @ the Eden Project

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Rachel Stevenson
Living Images

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Tarrant, P.
A Chinese Experience. The Building of the Fragrant Hill Hotel

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Tim Wray
* A Queer Gaze

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Eleanor Young
Ruins in Reverse. Urban transformations around Shoreditch, London

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2000

Julia Chance
* The Contemporary Urban Park, locating three projects by West 8 within the urban landscape and with reference to the ideas of the Situationist International

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Elton, M.
The Horizontal Window

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Joe Franchina
A Notion of the Assembled and the Centre Le Corbusier

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Sarah Grivois
* In(ter)ventions in urban and national space: Ernesto Rogers and BBPR in Milan

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Marko Jobst
* Bull's Eye: the London Underground and cinematic vision

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Ridwan Kurniawan
Florian Beigel's Half Moon Theatre; the language of the street as theatrical enclosure

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Ohashi, M.
Authentic Copy: validity of authenticity in replicas

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Sam Osmond
Palmyra, Baalbeck and Spalatro. The effect of the periphery on British architecture

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Deborah Singmaster
* Architectus Ludens. The role of architectural humour in critical discourse

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1999

Alevizou V.
* A Fictional Experience of Space: Kafka's The Trial

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Aston B.
Piranesi and Tschumi, a comparison of techniques and criticism

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David Bannerman
The Architecture of Kew Gardens: a millennium trail

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Eva Branscome
* Giving Voice to a Building. Critical analysis of the Landhaus Khuner's Regionalism

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Wendy Drummer
The Victorian asylum and its contradictions. A review of Victorian and modern day attitudes to the asylum

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Elliott M.
The Prudential's Holborn Bars

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Clarence Eng
Pressure for Change and Competition for Space in the Small Country Town. A Different Perspective on Farnham in Surrey

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Evans K.
The Colour of Golden Lane: Colour theory and practice in early Modern architecture – the Golden Lane Estate, City of London

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Jo Haire

* Representing Absence: the transmission of memory in the Jewish Museum Berlin

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Holtrop E.
A Metaphor of Imperialism. Indian Architecture in Britain in the Nineteenth Century

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Inokuchi, N.
Minimal Experience

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Sarah Jackson
* Sculptural Values. The use and application of sculptural qualities in the works of Herzog and de Meuron

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Kleinheinz L.
Diagrams and architecture: an approximation

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Kruger A.
Running Places. The marathon as identificatory movement spatialising ideas and ideologies.

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Lee J.
Event-maker, Artangel. (Iconographical approaches to Artangel

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Bruce Stewart
The Gym

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Paul Wang
Consuming Sites: A contemporary experience of restaurant space in London

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Cordula Weisser
Dwelling or Dwell-time. An investigation of'placeness' at airports

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1998

Classey E.
'Fantastic Form' - The Urban School, London's Comprehensive Schools 1950-1970

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DeGory E.
* A Potential for Flexibility

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Govett R.
* The Ambigity of Realism in Post-War Reconstruction

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Eric Guibert
Unorthodoxy and Deontology of Conran an CD Partnership: A Post-Modern Practice of Design and Fashion Structure

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Kashemsanta K.
Orientalism in British Architecture: Indian Influence in the Early Nineteenth Century

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Keary R.
From Cavemen to Teletubbies: Contemporary Underground Architecture and Children's Popular Culture

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Nandha I.
Stones and Spirits, the Evolving Indian Temple Architecture in Britain

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Taylor L.
We're all going to the Zoo of Tomorrow: Tecton and the unrealised promise of Modernism

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Terry E.
The Demise of the National Pavilion: From Rule Britannia to Cool Britannia. Britain at Brussels and Lisbon

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Whiteford J.
Framed - reinserting Ursula Goldfinger into the architectural history of 2 Willow Road

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1997

Ana Betancour
* Images for an Urban Mythology. Horacio Coppola's Photographs of Buenos Aires from the 1920s and'30s

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Helen Castle
Exploring Postwar Modernism at Branch Hill

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Davide Deriu
* A Tale of Two Fears. London Tube Shelters Between Production of Space and Construction of Myth

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Diaz L.
* Mondrian's Mirror. Utopia as Projective Thinking from Modernism to Postmodernism

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Tom Dyckhoff
Building Up Hope. The Problem of Social Change and the Architectural Object

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Furuta M.
Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall. Social Space and Cultural Halls in Post-War Japan

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Gourlay M.
Paternoster Square - and St Paul's, an Architectural Dilemma

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Hamburger L.
'A Deliberate Preference of Ugliness'. An Enquiry into Some Uses of the Word 'Ugly' in Architectural History

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Kirby R.
Ornamentia Praecox - Architecture as Advertisement at the Hoover Factory

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Anuschka Kutz
* 'I am Out of Here' The Real Lost or the Real Desire? East Enders, Time Out and London - their impact upon reality constructions and the production and reproduction of the city and space

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Christine Ling
Two Historical Materialist Slide Shows: Patrick Keiler's London and Robinson in Space.

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Makridou E.
Greek Architecture and the International Press, 1950-1990

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Yael Padan
'Almost the Same but not Quite', Nineteenth Century European Hospital Buildings on the Street of the Prophets in Jerusalem

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Zimmerman B.
* Ornament and Monument, Or the Divergence and Convergence of Art and Architecture in the Public Realm, With a Case Study of Large-Scale Socialist Realist Sculpture in East Berlin

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1996

Kate aan de Wiel
Architecture and the Philosophy of Construction. Ove Arup's Contribution to English Modernism

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de Beer I.
Lasdun's Royal College of Physicians: the Programme as Unity for Modern Design

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Thomas Deckker
Objects in a Landscape.'Specific Objects' and Contemporary European Architecture

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Gibson A.
* From Landing to the Lobby. Stairways and Elevators, an Experiential History of Vertical Movement

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Panou A.
The Rediscovery of Russian Constructivism in the Architecture of Deconstruction: The Work of Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid

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Barbara Penner
* The Ladies' Room: A Historical and Cultural Analysis of Women's Lavatories in London

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Richards F.
The National Buildings Record: The Work of Sir John Summerson and Bill Brandt

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Scriven L.
Architectural Centres: The Public Promotion of Architecture

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Senior S.
Coin Street and the South Bank

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* Brian Stater
'War's Greatest Picture'. St Paul's Cathedral, the London Blitz, and British National Identity

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Andy Stone
Vision and the Interior. The Problems of Representation, Objectivity and the Disappearance of Form

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* Katerina Von Ledersteger
Hearst Castle

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Victoria Watson
Borromini. An Inquiry into the Interpretation of the Style of the Architect Francesco Borromini Within the History of Modern Architecture

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1995

James Beighton
Les Maisons Jaoul: the mythology surrounding them and their influence on British architecture

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Bianco L.
Limestone in Post-War British Architecture

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Hallows L.
Competence and Performance: an interpretation of the theory and practice of Herman Hertzberger

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Kedney N.
Broadgate

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Kingham J. M.
The Midland Hotel by Oliver Hill

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Mijatovic S.
Vision in Motion: Architecture and Film

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Morissey M.
Colin Lucas - Architect. A British Modernist in the Nineteen Thirties

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Penny Olsen
Erno Goldfinger - the formative years and the path to Willow Road

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Wan Ismail W.H.
Tracing the Origins of Architectural Elements in Modern Detached Houses in Malaysia (1950-1990)

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Watanabe H.
The Elephant and Castle Post-War Development. A critical analysis of the perceived failure.

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1994

Elisabetta Andreoli
* Memory and Identity in the Modern Metropolis: Elements for a Discussion. The Case of Sao Paolo (Brazil)

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Diogo Burnay
Modern Architecture in Macau. Architecture, Modernism and Colonialsm in Macau

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* Hilary French
A Sense of Place, A Sense of Freedom

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* Naomi House
A House of Maps. A reading of the Museum of London as a Representation of a City

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* Karin Jaschke
Movement Patterns and Spatial Construction. A Proposal Against the Silent Body

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Felix Mara
Theatre of the Mind: an Interpretation of Colin Rowe's Writing on Architecture, 1945-1990

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Andrew Mylius
Imaging an Empire, the Construction of Britishness in New Delhi, 1912-1931

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Jane Rendell
Women on the market. A Feminist History of Sites of Consumption in Regency London

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Jane Tobin
Publishing Builds: The Editorial Architecture of the Architectural Press 1950-1970

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Webb P.
Coventry Cathedral Revisited, With Special Attention to Spatial Qualitites

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Philip Wells
Keeling House and the Work of Denys Lasdun: The Search for an Architectural Realism in the 1950s

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1993

Amanda Birch
Snapshots, Aspects of Modernity in Simmel's Berlin

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Julian Kverndal
Holborn Viaduct, a Victorian Urban Regeneration Project?

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Mirfendereski A.
Architecture of Thought: Architecture of Action: A Narrative Account of Bruno Zevi

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Margaret Reid
Surviving History. O. M. Ungers and the Post War Context

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Katherine Shonfield
Imprisoned Rooms. Architectural Ideologies and Post-war Public Housing Constructional Failure in Britain

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* Helen Thomas
The Spectacle and Liminal Zones

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* Tom Weaver
The Architectural Unseen

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Rob Wilson
The Myth of the Adelphi

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1992

Halldora Arnardottir
The architecture of Aldo Rossi an d Carlo Scarpa; the San Cataldo Cemetry, Modena and the Brion Family cemetry at San Vito d'Altivole near Treviso. (The work of architecture as autonomy for death)

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Jonathan Hall
Thoroughly Modern: the Duchy of Cornwall and the Rebuilding of the Kennington Estate 1850-1939. (2 vols.)

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* Sandy McCreery
From Moderne to Modern; an Ideological Journey along London's Western Avenue from the 1930s to the 1970s

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Elizabeth Rabineau
Propaganda by Design; architecture in the 1940s films of Powell and Pressburger

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Jim Roche
Irish State Planning, Modernism and Ballymun - a terrible beauty

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Verena Schindler Yiu Gonzales
Discourse, history and the question of power: the Modern Movement in the 1920s and 1930s in Britain. 

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Catherine Steeves
Towards a new Jerusalem: architecture and politics in the London Borough of Finsbury 1943-1946

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1991

Brown K. M.
The Voodoo Past: Recent Notions of the'Use' of Architectural History

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* Alexander Buchanan
The Architectural Museum 1851-1918

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Elizabeth Darling
Wake Women: A History of Matrix Feminist Architecture Cooperative

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Grehan D.R.
A Decade of Decline

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1990

Eugenie Biddle
To discuss, how factory canteens, National Kitchens and Restaurants were established, in an attempt to retain the health and fitness of women, and to allay discontet amongst Britain's populace, during the First World War

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Flinn C. C.
Capitalising on Social & Economic Demands: Speculative Office Building in London 1953-1966

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Jonathan Hill
The Form of Power of the Power of Form

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Moriss P.
'Another Palace for the People' - Charles Harrison Townsend and the Bishopsgate Institute

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Eva-Marie Neumann
* Aesthetics of a Strategy - Architectural Proportion and English Reconstruction 1945-57

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Victoria Perry
The Brynmaw Rubber Factory - The Design and Fall of a Modernist Masterpiece

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Alicia Pivaro
The Sun Has Got His Hat On - Leisure and Modernism in 1930's Britain

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Jane Riches
Auguste Perret and his Contacts with Artists: Paris 1900 to 1914

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Katerina Ruedi
* Guardians of Sleep: Architectural Education and the Culture of Simulation

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Susanne Waters
'Just Doing the Job' - Post War School Building Programme Middlesex County Council 1945-1955

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Debra Shipley
MARS. Modern Architecture Research Group. Its Aims, Activities and Reputation

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1989

Bhargava A.
Architecture and'The People's Game' - A Social History of the Football Ground

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Crandall D. J.
Terms on Interment

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Loader R.
The Architecture of Efficiency - Architecture and the development of the Model Factory in Britain 1914-1925

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MacConnell J. M.
* Trading in Desire

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Patricia McHugo
References to Dress in Architectural Literature

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Ritzu J. M.
Asymmetry and Modern Architecture

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Sotiriou M.-E.
* Greece without Columns: Ideological and Cultural Issues in Greek Architecture in the 1920's and 1930's

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Williams J.
London As It Could Be - Urban Design in London 1900 to 1989

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1988

Helfrich K.
'Tugwelltown': The Architecture of Greenbelt, Maryland, Designed and Built by the Resettlement Administration of the United States during the mid-1930s

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Kandilorou I.
The Architectural Press and the Architectural Profession: Their Formative Years, Britain 1842-75

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Ng C.-F.
British Modernism in the early 1970s: Burrell Museum Competition

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Peter E.
A Nineteenth Century Public Library - Islington Central Public Library

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Podhora L.
From Rationalism to Functionalism: Modern Architecture in Czechoslovakia 1900-1938

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Richardson K.
The Building of Sussex University 1961-1966

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Tumak E.
The Mappin and Webb Triangle in the City of London: an Illustration of British Post-World War II Architectural Conservation

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Whalley R.
John D. Sedding and the Arts and Crafts Garden

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Norman Reuter
Copenhagen Housing

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1987

Derek Bean
The Golden Lane Competition

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Bor-Shueun Chiou
'Truth in the Garb of Fiction': Chambers' A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening

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Alex King 
Urban Improvement and Public Pressure: The Civic Society Movement c 1902 - 1930

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Tota Mamalaki 
Constructivism as Ideology (USSR 1927-27)

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Jeremy Melvin 
Myth in Ruskin's Architectural Thought 1869-1885

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Marino Rossi 
Sir John Soane and Joseph M Gandy: A Partnership in Limitless Architecture

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Mary Whittaker 
'She who wears the shoe knows where it pinches'. The involvement of women in housing design in England 1918 -1939

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1986

Iain Borden
* A New Way of Housekeeping: Co-operative Housing and the Garden City Movement

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Dorothy Field
A Home of One's Own: the United Women's Homes Association and Housing for Single Working Women

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Geoff Hanmer
The Rise of the Two Inch Wall (3 vols)

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Thomas Hoffman
Through the Sash Window into a Brave New World: Aspects of Rationalization in German Architecture in the 1920s

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Lisa Oestreicher
The Shape of Things to Come: Modern Set Design in British Film 1927 - 1939

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Maxine Partridge
C'est Magnifique . . But is it Altruism?

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Brian Timmoney
Modern Theatres of the Metropolis

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David Vanlint
From Cockfosters to Gants Hill: Underground Station Design 1930-1947

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Dana Arnold
Eighteenth Century Attitudes Towards Paestum

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Susie Barson
The Evolution of Metropolitan Police Stations in the 19th Century (2 vols)

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Jean Lawrence
* The'American Invasion' of London: Modern American Methods of Construction and Retailing Cross the Atlantic in H Gordon Selfridges's Oxford Street Department Store of 1909

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Jeremy Sheehan
Photography and the Creation of Modern Architecture

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Julian Holder
The Thought Behind Form: W R Lethaby's Architecture, Mysticism and Myth and Its Place in Architectura Theory and Practice 1880 - 1910

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Penrose P.
The Victorian Church and its Suburban Environment: A Comparative Study of St Matthias, Stoke Newington (1851-53) and St Marks, Dalston (1864-80) (2 vols)

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Quinn P.J.
Is Modernism Indefensible?

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1985

Aston E. J.
Glasgow: the Japanese Connection

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Ecker M.
At what level can the Vitruvian precepts of Architecture be regarded as relevant to the 17th and 18th century Parisian Hotel Particulier?

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Elizabeth McKellar
An Historical Enquiry into the Use of Architecture as a symbol of the Sublime

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Magyar D.
Confronting the Crisis of Culture: the Parallel Development of William Lethaby and Adolf Loos

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Marda N.
Architecture Theory as Social Product, considered in relation to Beaux Arts and Bauhaus

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Marshall P. D.
'Nauseous Little Buildings': an outline of themes associated with the interwar suburban housing estates of London

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Martin H.
Bonehead's Bastilles: the 1834 Poor Law Model Workhouse

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Moore J. F.
Building in the Garden of Eden: a consideration of the architectural and social ideas of C. F. A. Voysey in relation to the ideology of his father

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Taina Rikala
California's Farm Security Administration Architecture

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Nic Sampson
* 'Let's Face it William Morris was a Swede' - Towards a'Human' Architecture in Britain

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Soares Z Q.
Notes on Colonial Architecture in Brazil

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Hettie Startup
Architecture and Nurture: Building for the Small Child and for Motherhood 1890 - 1939

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1984

Joe Kerr
The Formation of a Post-War Housing Policy in the Metropolitan Borough of St Pancras 1939 - 1949

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Moore J.
The Reverend Charles Voysey (1828 - 1912) and C. F. A. Voysey

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William Menking
The Architectural Criticism of Lewis Mumford

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Jayewardene I. S.
The Work of Geoffrey Bawa: some observations towards Historical Understanding

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Ramsay C.
William Wilkins and the Building of University College London

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1983

Rettig S.
The Evolution of Victoria Park 1841 - 1851

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Colin Davies
The Soane Museum and the Continuity of Tradition

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Murray Fraser
* Public Building and Colonial Policy in Dublin, 1760 - 1800

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Morgan A.
The Building of the Royal Courts of Justice 1870 - 1882

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1982

Brian Finnimore
* Aluminium Buildings: a study of Post-war Diversification and State Building Policy, 1942-59

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Foley M.
The Grand Hotel in Late Victorian and Edwardian London

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Glasman J.
* London Synagogues and the Jewish Community

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Lingard T.
British Architectural Drawings in the Nineteenth Century

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Jane MacFarlane
The Representation of Architecture and Architectural History on Film and TV

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Ruth Owens
The British Attitude to European Social Housing in the 1930s

Staff

The MA Architectural History programme draws upon the full range of expertise offered by the Bartlett School of Architecture’s extensive team of professors and lecturers working in the field.

Between them, these staff represent some of the world’s most respected historians and theorists of architecture, producing both substantial scholarly work at the centre and highly innovative work at the leading edge of the field.

As experienced teachers, these staff also lead seminars, give lectures, offer one-to-one tutorials and engage directly with the students on the MA Architectural History.

Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Dr Peg Rawes
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Professor Adrian Forty
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Professor Peter Bishop
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Professor Iain Borden
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Dr Ben Campkin
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Professor Mario Carpo
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Professor Murry Fraser
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Dr Adrian Lahoud
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Applying

Application procedures, fees, funding and scholarships

Please visit the UCL Postgraduate Application and Entry page for information on how to apply.

Programme-specific information follows below.

Prior qualifications

A good second-class honours degree (or its equivalent) in an appropriate subject is required for entry onto the programme. In addition, you are expected to demonstrate some understanding of the issues facing historical and critical enquiry into architecture, and to give evidence of a high level of commitment to advanced study in the history and/or theory of architecture and cities.

Contact

Should you have any questions about this programme, please contact the the Programme Director.

Opportunities

The MA Architectural History provides skills in the historical and critical techniques for the research and critique of any architectural subject. A student having completed the course will be equipped to undertake research in the history or criticism of architecture, and to evaluate work done in that field. Graduates of the course have gone on to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

- Further PhD studies and academia

- Architectural and planning practice

- Journalism, media and television

- Publishing and editorial

- Curatorial, galleries and museums

- Heritage, preservation and conservation

- Politics and policy

- Tourism and leisure

- Film-making, photography and creative practices

Graduates of the MA Architectural History have, for example, gone on to become eminent academics and historians in their own right, as well as partners and practitioners of renowned architectural practices, editors and journalists of architectural publications worldwide, television presenters, gallery curators, policy advisors, members of parliament, and business entrepreneurs in architectural tourism.