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Ayers Mercer
The Prince's Foundation
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Robert Adam, the Adam Style, the Global Adam Style, architectural history, global history, imperial history, material culture, reputation, reception, taste, tastemakers, national identity, memory, canonisation, historiography, architectural history writing
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About Me

Sydney is Tutor in Architecture & Urbanism at the Prince’s Foundation, where she teaches across academic programmes and university partnerships in sustainable urbanism, placemaking and community engagement.  She is also Associate Tutor at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford; acts as Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Urbanism; and works on special projects related to traditional building and heritage skills training.

As an historian of (neo)classical architecture & design from 1750, Sydney’s research centres on the afterlife and reception of British classical architecture and design—especially the work of eighteenth-century architect Robert Adam—in Britain as well as globally, in the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  She has a particular interest in taste, value, reception, networks, authenticity, canonisation, national identity, architectural history writing, and historiography. 

Prior to joining The Prince’s Foundation, Sydney was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh.  She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2020, funded by a PhD Scholarship from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB).   Sydney completed an MScR at the University of Edinburgh, and also holds a BA from Dartmouth College.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, Caribbean, England, India, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Art & Architectural History, Book History, Colonialism, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Urban History