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)




Friends of St George's Gardens,  AGM (London WC1, 6 March, 19.00)

Wivenhoe Library; event within Essex Book Festival (11 March, 19.00)

Braintree Museum (31 March, time tba),

Essex Record Office,  Chelmsford  (7 April, two daytime presentations),

Cambridge branch of the Sick Childrens' Fund, date and time tba, early May.  

Other writing

One in a BBC Radio 3 series of essays celebrating Essex, to be written and recorded by the authors and broadcast spring 2020.

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.

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