Welsh School of Architecture staff

Dr Kathryn Wilkinson


Dr Kathryn Wilkinson

Research Group Architectural History and Theory Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email WilkinsonK2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 07814 499284
Fax 029 2087 4623

I have been a part time lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture since 2001, contributing to the teaching of the history and theory of architecture throughout the undergraduate degree and at MArch level. I have been module leader for history of architecture courses in the first and second years of the undergraduate degree for several years.

I am also the School representative for unfair practice issues, involved in co-ordinating university policy and adjudicating at unfair practice hearings.

Research Interests

My PhD thesis, entitled Vernacular Origins of Welsh Nonconformist Chapels was completed in 2009 and I retain an interest in historiography and national/regional identity, religious architecture particularly of the European Reformation and the relationships between formal and informal design that were the main subjects of the thesis. I am particularly interested in how architectural paradigms are established, transmitted and/or adopted in times of historic change and by travel and trade. Leading on from this is a consideration of the routes within and between buildings and the ways in which familiar arrangements become 'part of the architecture' and so lose or even radically change their meaning, offering layers of history.

As a qualified teacher, I am also interested in the theory and practice of education.

Current Work

A recent six month sabbatical spent in Ethiopia working as a Voluntary Services Overseas volunteer, on a project to introduce the standards of the Bologna Convention, drew my attention to the issues facing the improvement of higher education in the context of developing countries. I also spent some time documenting the historic architecture and fast-disappearing vernacular buildings of the region, adding the influences of both historic and recent colonialism on regional architecture, especially the influence of Modernism in pre-industrial societies, to my research interests.