BA (Hons), MArch (Deakin), PhD (Cantab), FRHistS
Alex joined Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. He read for his PhD at the University of Cambridge (Gates Scholar 2001-04), where he specialised in the history and theory of Victorian architecture. Between completing his doctorate and arriving at Edinburgh, Alex was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Yale University). He is a recipient of both the Hawksmoor Medal (Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain) and the Founders’ Award (Society of Architectural Historians, USA) for outstanding scholarship in the field of architectural history. His most recent book Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire c.1840-70 (Yale UP) received the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion for 2013 from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History 2014, the Historians of British Art Book Prize (2015), and was shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize, Royal Historical Society (2014).
Alex's research interests include the history of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British architecture, architecture and empire, national identity and its relationship to the wider built environment, and religious architecture (particularly Anglican and Nonconformist cultures in Britain and its colonial empire during the nineteenth century). His particular interest concerns the intersection between Europan empire and the globalisation of architectural form, knowledge and expertise, including the nature and effects of agency. He has published widely on these subjects. He also teaches in all areas of the MA Architectural History at Edinburgh, lecturing in years 1 and 2 on topics ranging from Ancient Egypt to the present day. He also offers special subjects at Honours level (years 3 and 4) in the history of Victorian architecture and the history of British imperial and colonial architecture. Alex also teaches on the flagship MSc Architectural History and Theory programme, offering expertise in post-colonial theory, British architectural historiography, and the global histories of architecture.
Alex is currently an editor of the journal ABE Journal (Architecture Beyond Europe), and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. He has also been a Deputy Editor of Architectural History, the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (2012-14).
Victorian and Edwardian architecture; nineteenth-century theory; British and European imperial and colonial architecture; post-colonial history and theory; architecture and networks of knowledge and expertise; world, global, and transnational architectural histories; architecture and nationalism; religious architecture; architectural historiography.