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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.


News 2020

Writing:

Excellent Essex Old Street Publishing (Sept. 2019)

Talking

2020. All book dates now postponed or cancelled due to COV-19. Will update as appropriate.

Other writing

Essay on 'Hage', a walled public garden designed for development area in Brunnshog outside Lund by Norwegian practice, Brendeland & Kristoffersen. To be published in Swedish and English to mark the opening.

'John Soane and the autobiography of houses'  in Lives of Houses (eds. Hermione Lee & Kate Kennedy, Princeton University Press, 2020)

Contribution to (forthcoming) Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (Reaktion, 2020)

Also on Essex

One in BBC R3 series of five essays celebrating Essex. Delayed.

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

Contribution to New Town Utopia companion book (ed. Christopher E Smith, 2018)

Recent reviews and journalism

Apollo Magazine, June 2020, feature on Earth Architecture. [online link to come]

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/29/survey-of-london-oxford-street-review-a-bravura-history-but-also-an-obituary

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/march/grass-on-the-roof

In the pipeline

Essay for proposed publication around Bradwell nuclear power station, Essex.  The conservation situation in the 1950s.

Essay in Essex Gardens Trust journal on Edward North Buxton, saviour of Epping Forest (City Corporation) and Hatfield Forest (National Trust).

Chapter in the forthcoming volume on the life and work of architect Ted Cullinan (Rightangle Architectural Publishing).

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