Each year, the Architectural History & Theory - MSc programme welcomes around ten guest speakers and colleagues to present an evening seminar on their research.

The events are a fantastic opportunity to hear about the latest research in the field from researchers working across the UK, Europe and beyond; last year, for example, we had guests from Barnard College, Warburg Institute, University of the Creative Arts, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, University of Leicester, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and St John’s College, Cambridge. The seminars are free and everyone is welcome.

We are currently reworking the AH&T seminar series as virtual events for this academic year. More information will be posted on this page.

Please contact Dr Moa Carlsson and Dr Elizabeth J. Petcu if you have any questions or access requirements: Moa.Carsslon@ed.ac.uk, Elizabeth.Petcu@ed.ac.uk

Previous series


Semester one

24 Sep 2019Erasing the Ketchaoua Mosque: Catholicism, assimilation, and civic identity in C19th France and Algeria | Professor Ralph Ghoche (Barnard College) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm

8 Oct 2019Early Modern Machines and the Architecture of the Worksite | Dr Elizabeth Merrill (Warburg Institute) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm

22 Oct 2019Modernist Piranesi | Professor Victor Plahte Tschudi (The Oslo School of Architecture and Design) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm

5 Nov 2019The Renaissance Superstructure | Dr Morgan Ng (St John’s College, Cambridge) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm

19 Nov 2019“Better than Gold”: Commercial Property Development in Post-war Britain | Dr Alistair Kefford (University of Leicester) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm

Semester two

28 Jan 2020 | ‘Cranks and Laymen’: consolidating the role of the ‘expert’ architect and the layman public in architectural criticism, 1935-1940 | Dr Jessica Kelly (University of the Creative Arts) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm | View event >

11 Feb 2020 | Living on Campus: The American College Dormitory in the Twentieth Century | Professor Carla Yanni (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm | View event >

25 Feb 2020 | CANCELLED OWING TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION – TO BE RESCHEDULED LATER IN 2020  | Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Portsmouth) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm | View event >

10 March 2020 | Sharing Stories from Jamestown: The building of mercantile Accra Professor Iain Jackson (University of Liverpool) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm | View event >

24 March 2020 | The invention of a genre. James Fergusson’s Handbook of architecture (1855) Professor Petra Brower (University of Amsterdam) | Minto House, Elliott Room | 5.15pm | View event >



25 Sep 2018 | Modern Playhouses: Theatres, Leisure, Citizenship & Urbanity in Britain, 1945-85, Dr Alistair Fair | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

9 Oct 2018 | A Corpus of Thirteenth-Century Brick Rum Seljuq Minarets, Dr Richard Piran McClary | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

23 Oct 2018 | Civic Centre: Architecture, Civic Design, and the Municipal Project in Early Twentieth Century Britain, Dr Neal Shashore | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

6 Nov 2018 | Architectural movements and motilities: entangled architectural histories of the British world, Professor Julie Willis | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

20 Nov 2018 | British Breakfast on Air: TV-am and the Construction of a Postmodern SpaceDr Léa-Catherine Szacka | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

4 Dec 2018 | CANCELLED. WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN SEMESTER 2. | An Athenian Sentinel? The urban evolution of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, Dr Kirsten Carter McKee | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

29 Jan 2019 | The Gothic Cathedral: Glare, Glass, Gloom?, Dr Tom Nickson | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

12 Feb 2019 | Building the global factory: Mundane Architectures of Globalization, Dr Elke Beyer | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

26 Feb 2019 | Architectural Copying and the Rise of Printing during the Renaissance, Professor Michael J Waters | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

5 March 2019 | The wandering body and wondering eye: architectural reckoning in the Renaissance, Professor Niall Atkinson | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

12 March 2019 | An Athenian Sentinel? The urban evolution of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, Dr Kirsten Carter McKee | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

26 March 2019 | After the Shock City: Urban Culture and the Making of Modern Citizenship, c. 1918-39, Dr Tom Hulme | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm

2 April 2019 | Plaster Monuments: Architecture and the Power of Reproduction, Professor Mari Lending | Minto House (Elliott Room) | 5.15pm-6.30pm



3 October | Dr Valerie Wright (University of Glasgow) 'It wis sold as utopia': Lived experience in Queen Elizabeth Square, Gorbals c. 1964-2016 

17 October | Dr Agnès Bos (University of St Andrews) Late Gothic churches in Paris and the question of the ‘Renaissance Gothic’ in France 

31 October | Professor Elizabeth McKellar (Open University) Landscapes of London: Reconceptualising the modern suburb 1660-1840 

7 November | Professor Peter Scriver (University of Adelaide) Re-imagining ‘Internationalism’ in the Architecture of Expo’67

21 November | Professor Andrew Leach (University of Sydney) Mannerism and Modern Architecture, Again

5 December | Dr James Legard (University of Edinburgh) Before "Vitruvius Britannicus": Rethinking the Origins of the British Architectural Plate Book 

16 January | Dr Emily Goetsch (University of Edinburgh) Monuments and Manuscripts: translating forms and ideas between media in medieval Iberia

30 January | Dr Marija Drėmaitė (Vilnius University) | Baltic modernism in the context of Soviet architectural awards

13 February | Dr Carolyn Yerkes (Princeton University) Piranesi's Precious Metals

CANCELLED: TO BE RESCHEDULED | 6 March | Professor Nicholas Bullock (University of Cambridge) | May 1968 and the Architecture of Revolt 

20 March | Dr Otto Saumarez Smith (University of Oxford)Flumes and Verrucas: A Short History of the Early Years of the British Leisure Centre 

3 April | Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst (Independent Scholar, York) Plain Truth: taking Architecture seriously with the Early Religious Society of Friends 



27 September | Dr Barnabas Calder (University of Liverpool) | Brutalism: the best architecture there has ever been 

4 October 2016 | Professor Florian Urban (Glasgow School of Art) | The New Tenement - Re-housing the Inner City 

18 October 2016 | Dr Andres Kurg (Estonian Academy of Arts) |  Against Stagnation: Estonian Collective Farms and Postmodern Architecture in the Soviet Union 

1 November 2016 | Professor Iain Boyd Whyte (University of Edinburgh)Modernity, Architecture and the City 

15 November 2016 | Professor Philip Goad (University of Melbourne)Bauhaus Australia: modernism, migration and exile 

22 November 2016 | Marrikka Trotter (Harvard University)Floodmarks, Casts, and Fragments: Soane and Gandy's Proleptic Extinction 

29 November 2016 | Dr Leslie Topp (Birkbeck, University of London)Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe 1890-1914

31 January 2017 | Dr Dagmar Motycka Weston (University of Edinburgh)The Thematic Content of Le Corbusier’s Musée Mondial: Nature and Perspectivity 

14 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 

28 February 2017 | Dr Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh)The Expansion of England? Rethinking Scotland’s Place in the Historiography of British Imperial Architecture 

14 March 2017 | Professor Anthony Geraghty (University of York)Architecture about Architecture: Castle Howard and the English Baroque 

28 March 2017 | Diane Watters (Historic Environment Scotland)Cardross Seminary: Fate, Failure or Tragic Myth? 



Dr Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge)Death, architecture and propaganda in Fascist Italy

Dr Robin Schuldenfrei (Courtauld Institute of Art)Urban Objectivity: The Theory and Architecture of the Werkbund Display Window

Simpson Visiting Professor, Professor Barry Bergdoll (Columbia University)Reading Mile High: Frank Lloyd Wright takes on Chicago

Jack Self (REAL Foundation and Architectural Review)Designing With Capital

Professor Christine Stevenson (Courtauld Institute of Art)Is Your Joiner Famous? The Natural History of the Artificer in Late Seventeenth-Century England

Dr Katie Jakobiec (University of Edinburgh)Grain, Stone, Ink: The Stuff of the Polish Renaissance

Dr Elizabeth Petcu (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)Fabrications of Flesh: Wendel Dietterlin and the Dissection of Architecture

David Hemsoll (University of Birmingham)What was it that Brunelleschi thought he was doing?

Professor William Whyte (University of Oxford)Feeling faithful: The Victorian Church and the Architecture of Affect

Professor Mark Crinson (University of Manchester)Compartmentalized worlds: Race, architecture, and colonial crisis in East Africa



Dr Giovanna Guidicini (Glasgow School of Art)Wilderness and tamed nature in Early Modern Scottish celebrations

Jonathan Massey (California College of the Arts)Risk Design

Elain Harwood (English Heritage)The British New Towns 1945-75 and the importance of Cumbernauld

Dr Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes University)Between moribund traditionalism and inventive modernism? : the problem of BBC Broadcasting House

Dr Cole Roskam (University of Hong Kong)Non-Aligned Architecture: China's Designs on and in Ghana and Guinea, 1955-1992

Dr Michael HallThe Holiness of Beauty: George Frederick Bodley and the Aesthetic Movement

Dr Richard Williams (Edinburgh College of Art)The Creative City: It's War! (How to Write a History of the So-Called Creative City: History, Theory and Practice from WW2 to the Present)

Dr Ralph Ghoche (Barnard College, New York)The Problem of Ornament: Organicism and its Afterlife

Dr Louis P Nelson (University of Virginia)Architectures of Empire in Jamaica: the Scottish Connection

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