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Oxford Brookes University
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women and architecture, British modernism, British architecture, British design, twentieth century,
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About Me

I am Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. My research focuses on 20th century British architectural history with a particular interest in inter-war modernism, social housing, and gender – and very often the intersections among these arenas. I have published on the nature of authorship in the design process; the innovative practices of the inter-war voluntary housing sector; the housing consultant Elizabeth Denby; the relationship between citizenship and the reform of domestic space in inter-war Britain, and sexuality, domesticity and modernism in 1920s Cambridge. M y books include a revisionist study of British architectural modernism, Re-forming Britain: Narratives of Modernity before Reconstruction,( Routledge, 2007) and Wells Coates (C20 Society with English Heritage & RIBA Publishing, 2012). Most recently I have co-curated an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of women architects at London’s Architectural Association (and co-edited the accompanying book, AA Women in Architecture, 1917-2017), written about women reformers in Edwardian Edinburgh, and am now writing a study of  the material and spatial cultures of broadcasting in inter-war England.

Recent Publications

‘Women with attitude: feminist activism from the Architectural Association,’ Architectural Review, March 2018, 42-45

‘Womanliness in the Slums: A Free Kindergarten in Early Twentieth-Century Edinburgh,’ Gender & History 29:2(2017), 1-28


AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017, London: AA Publications, 2017


‘Class, Sexuality and Home in inter-war London’ in Sexuality and Gender at Home, Experience, Politics, Transgression. edsBrent Pilkey, Rachael Scicluna, Ben Campkin and Barbara Penner, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, 19-34


‘A live universal language: the Georgian as Motif in inter-war English architectural modernism,’ in The Neo-Georgian, eds Elizabeth McKellar and Julian Holder, Historic England, 2016, 168-178

Wells Coates, London, RIBA Publishing, 2012, part of the 20thCentury Architects series (published in conjunction with the 20thCentury Society and English Heritage)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Gender, Material Culture, Urban History, Women