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


Excellent Essex Old Street Publications (Sept. 2019)



2020. Everything below postponed or cancelled due to COV-19.Watch this space later on. Stay well.

Braintree Museum

Essex Record Office,  Chelmsford

Great Bardfield Historical Society, Friends Meeting House

Cambridge branch of the Sick Children's Trust

 Tilty Archaeological & Local History Group

Other writing and/or talking

One in a BBC R3 series of five essays celebrating Essex,  recorded by each writer. Delayed.

Commission in the Raangen programme for Lund Cathedral, Sweden. Essay around 'Hage', a walled public garden designed for development area in Brunnshog outside Lund by Norwegian practice, Brendeland & Kristoffersen. 2020 - 21. Jes Fernie and Gillian Darley will discuss on the Architecture Foundation 100 days project, April 29 at 5 pm.

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

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

Also on Essex

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

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

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