To introduce myself, my working life has always been focused on inspiring people, intriguing buildings and beguiling landscapes.

When I discuss the present, I'm informed by the past and vice versa. I write about the achievements of determined, even forgotten, women and men, I celebrate and discuss architecture of quality, both old and new, while I have a particular liking for Utopian experiments and unlikely places.

One thing leads to another, unlikely connections emerge. That's the way my world goes round.

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Excellent Essex Old Street Publishing, hardback (Sept. 2019) paperback (April 2021)

Talking, including podcasts

Dr Simon Machin and I on Octavia Hill, Episode 31  http://redheavenproject.com/episodes/octaviahill

An Essex walk with Michael Landy  https://firstsite.uk/essex-way-walks/

Odes on Essex, BBC R3 Essay series, The Essex Wayhttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-essex-way/id471685852?i=1000507050903

Gresham College: Britain's First Environmentalist. Marking 400 years since John Evelyn's birth. Livestreamed October 29, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOik751LhHk

Participant in Princeton Womxn in Design and Architecture conference on Minnette de Silva, March 2021. https://wda.princeton.edu/conference/2021/minnette-de-silva-constructive-dialogues

Other writing


Essay on Battersea in TfL publication to mark the public artwork at Battersea Power Station (Northern Line spur). Sept. 2022.

Commemoration of Colin Ward's centenary in 2023, online essay commissioned by Bristol Ideas Festival

Essay around  'Hage', a walled public garden designed for development area in Brunnshog outside Lund by Norwegian practice, Brendeland & Kristoffersen. (2022)https://raangen.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/hage_folder_eng_web.pdf

Contribution, North Bucks Monorail City,  in Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (Reaktion, 2021)

Introduction to facsimile of Nikolaus Pevsner's King Penguin The Leaves of Southwell (Five Leaves Publications, 2023)

Still on Essex

Chapter 10, 'A case study in vulnerability: Bradwell A, a trial environment for nuclear power' in ed. Dr Johanna Dale.  St. Peter-on-the-Wall: Heritage and landscape on the North Sea coast  (UCL Press, summer 2023. open access)

Chapter:  'Plotlands to New Towns'  in Radical ESSEX (Cornerstone Publications 2018)

Recent reviews, journalism and other news

Apollo Magazine, regular features and online contributions, LRB blogs.

Co-judge in biography category of Architecture Book of the Year awards, 2023

Awarded Hon FRIBA in 2023.

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