Welsh School of Architecture staff

Stephen Kite

Professor
Stephen Kite
Research Group Architectural History and Theory Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
Cardiff
CF10 3NB
Email KiteS@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 5983
Fax 029 2087 4623

Publications Funding

Responsibilities
  • Design Unit Leader BSc3
  • History-Theory teaching
  • MArch Dissertation tutor
  • Chair Architectural History and Theory Group
  • PhD and MPhil supervision

I joined WSA in 2007 from Newcastle University where I was Degree Programme Director of the BA in Architectural Studies. I have a PhD in architectural history-theory and have written and published widely in this field. I am a registered architect with many years experience of full-time practice (prior to entering academia) in London and elsewhere, at associate and project-leader level. I am an Editor of Architectural Research Quarterly.

Research Interests

History and theory of architecture, aesthetics of architecture and wider links to visual culture. Settlement patterns and vernacular architectures of the Middle East.

Current Work

An extended investigation of Ruskin's critical observation of architecture in the context of Italy - based on intensive archive research and fieldwork - has been completed with the publication of Building Ruskin's Italy. Watching Architecture (Ashgate, 2012); this project has been supported by grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the British Academy. Also with support from the Paul Mellon Centre, I am now investigating the phenomenon of shadow as a positive figure in the culture, history, and theory of architecture. A further major study, Adrian Stokes - an architectonic eye by Legenda (imprint of the Modern Humanities Research Association) was published in 2009. Adrian Stokes (1902-72) - aesthete, critic, painter and poet-is among the most original and creative writers on art of the twentieth century, and this is the first book to comprehensively examine his theory of art from a specifically architectonic perspective.

Ashgate site Legenda site

Stephen Kite is also a painter of architecture and landscape