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 2021


Excellent Essex Old Street Publishing (Sept. 2019) Paperback with new material OUT NOW


Essex Book Festival 2021 August 21st, leading a walk 'Destination St. Peters' from Tillingham to St. Peters, on the Dengie.

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

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, 2021)

Also on Essex

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, regular features and online contributions


Recent LRB blogs 





In the pipeline

Essay in UCL Press publication, ed Dr Johanna Dale.  St. Peter-on-the-Wall: Heritage and landscape on the North Sea coast  (2022)

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

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