I was born and educated in Edinburgh and at the universities of Nottingham and Glasgow. My lecturing career began in 1995 at Edinburgh College of Art, and continues with ESALA. Formerly I was a curator of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Collection at the University of Glasgow. More recently I curated the historic plaster cast collection at Edinburgh College of Art, and I am currently exploring film as a medium for communicating architectural and landscape history.
Currently I lecture to undergraduate and post-graduate students on a wide range of topics from seventeenth-century French and Scottish to twentieth-century Fascist architecture, and also aspects of landscape history. My own Honours-level courses are 'Scottish Architecture 1650-1810' - a survey course, including landscape, that places Scotland within the wider European context, and which has a strong emphasis on historiography, research and the role of new media for intepretation and outreach; and 'C.R. Mackintosh: Architecture and Design in Edwardian Scotland' (University of Edinburgh Teaching Award, 2016) explores the contemporary context of art and design in a period of dynamic cultural change. Topics include Celticism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and emergent Modernist design in Scotland, Europe and USA 1900. Both courses involve visiting collections, buildings and sites.
Architecture and landscape design c.1700, art and architecture in Scotland c.1900, the development of Edinburgh in the eighteenth century and the history of neoclassical cast collections are my main research interests. My research outputs to 2017 include the first published monograph on the earl of Mar, 'The architectural, landscape and constitutional plans of the Earl of Mar, 1700–32 (2016). In collaboration with Animation and Film & TV students and recent graduates at ECA I am producing an experimental documentary film called 'Loudoun' about architecture and landscape in Scotland c.1700. I am currently researching the evidence of formal landscapes in Scotland in General Roy's military survey, forthcoming in Landscape History 2019.