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Prof Mark Crinson

  • Overview



    Mark Crinson joined Birkbeck in 2016 after twenty-three years at the University of Manchester. From 2016 to 2020 he was, first, Vice-President and then President of the European Architectural History Network. Since 2017 he has been Director of the Architecture Space and Society Centre at Birkbeck. His prizes include the Historians of British Art Prize (2014) and the Spiro Kostof Prize (2006). He is currently the Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Arts at Birkbeck.


    • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director for the MA in Architectural History. Assistant dean for Research in the School of Arts.
  • Research


    Research interests

    • Architecture in Britain and the British Empire since 1800
    • Architecture and art in Britain post-WW2
    • The industrial city
    • Historiography of art and architectural history
    • Race and architecture, especially in colonial and post-colonial contexts
    • Internationalism and architecture

    Research overview

    I am currently completing a book titled Shock City: Architecture and Image in Industrial Manchester, which has been supported by a BA/Leverhulme Fellowship.  While making specific arguments about the significance of the visual and spatial aspects of the industrial city in our understanding of modernity, this also attempts a rapprochement between the materials of architectural history and those of art history. Beyond this I am planning a book on the place of description in the analysis of art and architecture, and a book on the architecture and environments of peri-urban outer west London in the postwar period. I continue with my interest in the disciplinary status, historiography and methods of architectural history, as well as in architecture and colonial and post-colonial contexts.

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I currently supervise or co-supervise five students, and welcome enquiries from prospective students in any area of architectural history in the 19th and 20th centuries.


    Teaching modules

    • Concrete and Flesh: Modern Architecture and the Body (ARVC226S6)
    • This is Tomorrow: Architecture and Modernity in Britain and its Empire, 1930-1960 (ARVC230S7)
    • Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography (ARVC247S7)
    • Understanding the City (SSGE105S7)
  • Publications




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