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Research

My research has ranged predominantly across the areas of colonial architecture and postwar British architecture, but has also included the following: aspects of documentary photography; internationalism and architecture; memory and the postindustrial; race and architecture; the Victorian city.  My research is characterized by its rich archival  and interdisciplinary materials, its close reading of the materiality of objects, and its critical engagement with ‘theory’ and historiography.

Current research work

My book Rebuilding Babel: Internationalism and Modern Architecture was published by I B Tauris in June 2017. Another book, Alison and Peter Smithson – Twentieth-Century Architects (Historic England) was published in June 2018. A third book, The Architecture of Art History (co-authored with Richard J. Williams) will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in November 2018.

My BA/Leverhulme book Shock City: Architecture and Image in Victorian Manchester will be finished next year. I am active on the board of ABE Journal (Architecture Beyond Europe) and edit its ‘Debate’ section.

Two journal articles have appeared recently: ‘Eye Wandering the Ceiling: Ornament and New Brutalism’, in Art History, 41:2, April 2018; and ‘Paul Strand’s Ghana and Photography After Colonialism’, in Art Bulletin, 98:4, January 2017.

Two book chapters are forthcoming shortly - ‘What is Modern Architecture?’ in Duanfang Lu (ed), A Companion to Contemporary Architecture; and ‘”Compartmentalised world”: Race, architecture and colonial crisis in Kenya and London’, in Mabel Wilson, Irene Cheng and Charles Davis (eds.), Race and Modern Architecture.