We are delighted to announce the details of the five Architectural History and Theory (AHT) Seminars scheduled for the second semester of 2016 - 2017.

This semester, we welcome guests from the British School at Rome, the University of York and Historic Environment Scotland. We also hear from two of our Edinburgh colleagues.

Seminars take place on selected Tuesdays at 5.15pm in Room 4.18 of Minto House (The Maltings) on Chambers Street, opposite the National Museum of Scotland.

Everyone is welcome; please contact Dr Richard Anderson and Dr Alistair Fair, the series organisers, if you have any questions or access requirements.



31st January 2017

Dr Dagmar Motycka Weston (University of Edinburgh)

The Thematic Content of Le Corbusier’s Musée Mondial: Nature and Perspectivity

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14th February 2017

Dr Thomas-Leo True (The British School at Rome)

Palazzo Gallo at Osimo: researching an unattributed Renaissance cardinal’s palace at the periphery of the Papal States

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28th February 2017

Dr Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh)

The Expansion of England? Rethinking Scotland’s Place in the Historiography of British Imperial Architecture

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14th March 2017

Professor Anthony Geraghty (University of York)

Architecture about Architecture: Castle Howard and the English Baroque

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28th March 2017

Diane Watters (Historic Environment Scotland)

Cardross Seminary: Fate, Failure or Tragic Myth?

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Last semester, we welcomed guests from Harvard University, Estonian Academy of Arts, the Universities of Melbourne, Liverpool and London, and Glasgow School of Art. We also heard from one of our Edinburgh colleagues.

27th September 2016

Dr Barnabas Calder (University of Liverpool)

Brutalism: the best architecture there has ever been

4th October 2016

Professor Florian Urban (Glasgow School of Art)

The New Tenement - Re-housing the Inner City

18th October 2016

Dr Andres Kurg (Estonian Academy of Arts)

Against Stagnation: Estonian Collective Farms and Postmodern Architecture in the Soviet Union

1st November 2016

Professor Iain Boyd Whyte (University of Edinburgh)

Modernity, Architecture and the City

15th November 2016

Professor Philip Goad (University of Melbourne)

Bauhaus Australia: modernism, migration and exile

22nd November 2016

Marrikka Trotter (Harvard University)

Floodmarks, Casts, and Fragments: Soane and Gandy's Proleptic Extinction

29th November 2016

Dr Leslie Topp (Birkbeck, University of London)

Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe 1890-1914


In recent years, we have welcomed Simpson Visiting Professor, Professor Barry Bergdoll of Columbia University, guest speakers from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, California College of the Arts, the Universities of Hong Kong, Virginia, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford Brookes, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Barnard College, New York, Glasgow School of Art, English Heritage, and Architectural Review. We have also heard from our colleagues, Professor Richard Williams and Dr Katie Jakobiec.

Architectural History and Theory (AHT) at ECA

The AHT Seminar Series is supported by the Architectural History and Theory - MSc programme at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

This programme offers students advanced training in the methodological, theoretical, and historiographical aspects of architecture and the wider built environment, all within the beautiful and superbly preserved setting of the Scottish capital and UNESCO World Heritage City of Edinburgh.