Architectural History and Theory
A research degree in Architecture (PhD, MPhil) carried out under the supervision of a member of the Architectural History and Theory Group research group.
The work of the Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG) embraces a wide range of interests, as reflected in its research projects, publications, and other activities. They are linked by a common concern with understanding the histories and theories of architecture - including its practice, making and education - within the situated realities of its cultures and contexts.
Students enrolling for an MPhil or PhD become members of the School’s Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG). The group, which forms the core of our research community, holds regular seminars and provides a lively and intimate forum for the discussion of ideas among staff and students.
The AHTG organises international conferences, and the following research journals are edited by members of the group: Architectural Research Quarterly, MADE, and South Asian Studies.
The work of the Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG), as reflected in its research projects, publications, and other activities, embraces a wide range of interests linked by a common concern to understand the histories and theories of architecture—and its practice, making and education—within the situated realities of its varied cultures and contexts.
Through conferences, exhibitions, design, pedagogy, and editorships the Group aims to augment the impact of its research on society, education and practice. In recent years, for example, the Group has hosted international conferences exploring the themes of Primitive, Quality, and Economy. Regular WSA seminars provide a lively forum for the exchange of ideas among staff and students.
Ms Katrina Lewis
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The group’s research interests include:
Cultures of the City, Landscape and Environment
The Group sees its work in the settings of wider geographies and cultural contexts, such as the construction of the public realm in urban design, 17th and 18th century British architecture and gardens, the morphology of cities, shifts between public and private realms, John Ruskin’s naturalism and sustainable urbanism
Cultures, Histories and Ideas
Understanding culture and religion, and the resultant typologies and identities, informs the work on the history of architecture in South Asia, specifically Indian temple Architecture and studies of Welsh Non-Conformism and Chapel architecture. The historiography of science is also explored by the Group.
The fundamental architectural practices of drawing and critical observation permeate many aspects of the Group’s investigations.
Cultures of Practice and Pedagogy
Many of the Group have practiced extensively, or remain linked to architectural practice, and are centrally concerned with the ethical making and procurement of architecture; most also teach in the design studios of WSA. The professional and legal aspects of design and building procurement are also considered.
AHTG has a strong reputation in research into the history and theory of non-Western cultures, as is reflected in the diverse interests and backgrounds of its postgraduate community. Particular areas of interest are South Asia and the Middle East.