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CURRICULUM VITAE

CURRENT  POST

2015-: The Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London

  • Teaching Fellow, History & Theory of Architecture 

Module leader: Architecture and the Image of Decay (2015-, MArch, Yr4); Architexts (2019-, BSci, Yr2)

Supervisor, MArch dissertations (2016-, Yr5) 

 

EDUCATION

2003-2006: University of Reading

  • PhD: History of Art and Architecture

Thesis: ‘Into the belly of the beast: spatial representation and London’s main drainage system, c. 1848-68’ (result: pass)

 

2000-2001: University of Reading

  • MA: Visual and Verbal Representation in British Culture 1840-1940

Dissertation: ‘Seeing and smelling decay: sanitary rhetoric in the 1840s and 1850s’ (result: pass)

 

1995-1998: University of Reading

  • BA (Hons): History of Art and Architecture (result, 2:1)

 

1987-1992: Wellingborough School

  • 4 A-levels (Art, Maths, Physics and General Studies); 9 GCSE’s (Math’s, Physics, Chemistry, Music, English Literature, English Language, French, Geography, Biology)

CAREER HISTORY

2013-2016: University of Manchester

  • Lecturer in Art History

Module leader: Ruin Lust: Visual Cultures of Decay from the Baroque to the Present Day (2014, Yr3); Function, Fantasy and Victorian Architecture (2013, Yr1); Victorian Babylons: Representing the Nineteenth-century City (2013, Yr3)

Co-convener and lecturer: Cities (2013, Yr1)

Undergraduate dissertation supervisor (2014-15)

Lecturer and module leader, From Cottonopolis to the Post-Industrial City, Manchester International Summer School (2015)

 

2011-2012: University of Manchester

  • Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester: 2-year project, ‘Function & fantasy: Victorian decorative cast iron’

 

2006-2010: University of Reading

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading: researcher for 4-year AHRC-funded project ‘Designing Information for Everyday Life, 1815-1914’

                                                

2009-2010: Birkbeck College, University of London

  • Sessional lecturer: designing and delivering a 10-week course on subterranean London; assessing students’ accredited work; leading study trips

 

2002: ArtBibliographies Modern, 4640 Kingsgate, Cascade Way, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford

  • Editor: abstracting literature on twentieth-century art; indexing; editing, writing; proofreading; managing freelancers

 

RESEARCH & WRITING INTERESTS

  • Anarchism and architecture

  • Nature and architecture

  • Nineteenth-century architecture

  • Underground urban space

  • Everyday print in the nineteenth century

  • Ruins in visual culture

  • Future cities in art, literature and cinema

 

PUBLICATIONS & PAPERS

Books:

 

  • Anarchist Architecture: Building from the Bottom up (forthcoming in 2021)

 

  • Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination (Reaktion, 2019); translated into Chinese and Arabic 

 

  • The Dead City: Urban Ruins and the Spectacle of Decay (IB Tauris, 2017)

 

  • Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain (Ashgate, 2014)

 

  • London's Sewers (Shire, 2014)

 

  • Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Spire, 2009)

 

Edited books:

 

  • Manchester: Something Rich and Strange, co-edited with Sarah Butler (Manchester University Press, 2020)

 

  • Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within, co-edited with Carlos López Galviz and Bradley L. Garrett (Reaktion, 2016); translated into Chinese 

 

  • Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century, co-edited with Peter Sealy (Routledge, 2016)

 

Edited journals: 

 

  • 'Architecture and Dirt', co-edited with Ben Campkin, special issue of the Journal of Architecture 12: 4 (2007)

 

Articles and chapters in edited books:

 

  • ‘Introduction: the b-sides of Architecture’, in The B-Sides of Architecture, ed. Markus Lehr (forthcoming in 2021)

 

  • ‘Cab-fare maps’, in Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects, eds Barbara Penner, Adrian Forty, Miranda Critchley, and Olivia Horsfall Turner (Reaktion, 2020)

 

  • ‘Manchester: seeing like a city’ (with Sarah Butler), in Manchester: Something Rich and Strange, co-edited with Sarah Butler (Manchester University Press, 2020) 

 

  • ‘Exploring cities within’ (with Bradley L. Garrett and Carlos López Galviz), in Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within, ed. Paul Dobraszczyk, Carlos López Galviz and Bradley L. Garrett (Reaktion, 2016), pp. 14-21

 

  • 'Architecture unbound’ (with Peter Sealy), in Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Paul Dobraszczyk and Peter Sealy (Routledge, 2016), pp. 1-22 

 

  • ‘Meta-ornament: iron and the railway station in Britain,’ in Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Paul Dobraszczyk and Peter Sealy (Routledge, 2016), pp. 201-19

 

  • 'Chernobyl diaries: monuments, ruins and memories,’ in Cold War Cities: History, Culture and Memory, ed. Katia Pizzi and Marjatta Hietala (Peter Lang, 2016), pp. 145-67  

  

  • 'Londons under London: mapping neo-Victorian spaces of horror,' in Neo-Victorian Cities: Re-Imagining Utopian and Dystopian Metropolises, ed. M. H. Kohlke and Christian Gutleben (Rodopi, 2015), pp. 227-45

 

  • ‘Modern geisterstadte: Pripyat, Ukraine - leben nach Tschernobyl,’ in Refurbished Future: Werte, Ressourcen and Strukturen - Erganzen Statt Ersetzen, ed. Christoph M. Achammer (Verlag, 2011), pp. 212-21

 

  • ‘Designing and gathering information: perspectives on nineteenth-century forms,’ (with Paul   Stiff and Mike Esbester) in Information History in the Modern World, ed. Toni Weller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 57-88

 

  • ‘Talking shit: a conversation between Bruno Rinvolucri and Paul Dobraszczyk,’ (with Bruno Rinvolucri) in Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists, Volume 2, ed. Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield (Myrdle Court Press, 2010), pp. 241-52

 

  • ‘Mapping sewer space in mid-Victorian London,’ in Dirt: New Geographies of Dirt and Purity, ed. Ben Campkin and Rosie Cox (IB Tauris, 2007), pp. 123-37

 

  • ‘“Monster sewers”: experiencing London’s main drainage system,’ in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil, ed. Niall Scott (Rodopi, 2007), pp. 9-32

 

Articles in academic journals:

 

  • ‘Sunken cities: climate change, urban futures and the imagination of submergence,’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 41: 6 (2017): 868-87

 

  • ‘Digging up and digging down: urban undergrounds’ (with Carlos López Galviz and Bradley L. Garrett), Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 2: 2, supplement (2016): 26-30 

 

  • ‘Traversing the fantasies of urban destruction: ruin gazing in Varosha,’ CITY 19: 1 (2015): 44-60

 

  • ‘Victorian market halls, ornamental iron and civic intent,' Architectural History 55 (2012): 173-97

 

  • ‘City reading: the design and use of nineteenth-century London guidebooks,’ Journal of Design History 25: 2 (2012): 123-44

 

  • ‘Petrified ruin: Chernobyl, Pripyat and the death of the city,’ CITY 14: 4 (2010): 370-89

 

  • ‘Dream reading? Designing and using Victorian gardening catalogues,’ Journal of the Printing Historical Society 15 (2010): 49-75

 

  • ‘“Give in your account”: using and abusing Victorian census forms,’ Journal of Victorian Culture 14: 1 (2009): 1-25

 

  • ‘Image and audience: contractual representation and London’s main drainage system,’ Technology and Culture 49: 3 (2008): 568-98

                                                        

  • ‘Useful reading? Designing information for London's Victorian cab passengers,’ Journal of Design History 21: 2 (2008): 121-41        

 

  • ‘Introduction,' (with Ben Campkin), Journal of Architecture 12: 4 (2007): 347-51

 

  • ‘Architecture, ornament and excrement: the Crossness and Abbey Mills pumping stations,’ Journal of Architecture 12: 4 (2007): 353-65

 

  • ‘Una rappresentazione di un ’ideologia dell’ improvement? Le mappe e il futuro delle fognature Londinesi, 1848-51,’ Storia Urbana 112 (2006): 113-39

 

  • ‘Historicizing iron: Charles Driver and the Abbey Mills pumping station (1865-68),’ Architectural History 49 (2006): 223-56

 

  • ‘Sewers, wood engraving and the sublime: picturing London’s main drainage system in the Illustrated London News, 1859-62,’ Victorian Periodicals Review 38: 4 (2006): 349-78

 

Exhibition catalogues:

 

  • Designing Information Before Designers: Print for Everyday Life in the Nineteenth Century, with Paul Stiff and Mike Esbester (University of Reading, 2010)

 

Other articles:

 

  • 1851: Year Zero, e-book published by Machine Books, 2020

 

  • ‘Future cities, fit for purpose,’ The Environment, December 2019, pp. 21-23

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Ornament & purity: Macfarlane’s drinking fountains,’ Victorian Review, 44: 1 (2019): 15-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘The Thames Tunnel,’ Victorian Review 38: 1 (2013): 15-17

 

  • ‘Pripyat and the death of the city,’ Stadt Bauwelt 48 (2010): 14-19

 

  • Encyclopaedia of Consumption and Waste, contributing author (Sage, 2010)

 

  • ‘Designing information before designers,’ with Paul Stiff and Mike Esbester, Baseline 58: 5 (2010): 6-11

 

  • ‘The Victorian origins of information design,’ with Paul Stiff and Mike Esbester, Grafik 184 (2010): 47-51

  • 'Designing information for Victorian London’s cab passengers,’ Ultrabold: the Journal of St Bride Library 7 (2009): 4-9

    

  • Phaidon Compendium of Graphic Design, contributing author (Phaidon, 2009)  

                               

  • ‘Designing information for everyday life, 1815-1914,’ with Paul Stiff and Mike Esbester, Ephemerist 141 (2008): 7-13

 

Book reviews:

 

  • Joanna Hofer-Robinson, Dickens and Demolition: Literary Afterlives and Mid-Nineteenth-Century Urban Development (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Nineteenth Century Contexts (2019): 1-2

 

  • Lee Jackson, Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth (Yale University Press, 2015), Victorian Studies 58: 4 (2016): 760-61

 

  • Catherine Jolivette (ed), British Art in the Nuclear Age (Ashgate, 2014), Technology and Culture 57 (2016): 488-90

 

  • G. A. Bremner, Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire 1840-1870 (Yale University Press, 2013), Visual Culture in Britain 15: 3 (2014): 372-74

 

  • Michelle Allen, Cleansing the City: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London (Ohio University Press, 2008), Technology and Culture 49: 4 (2008): 1055-57

 

  • Jamie Benedickson, The Culture of Flushing: a Social and Legal History of Sewage (UBC Press, 2007), Technology and Culture 49: 1 (2008): 284-85

 

Published conference papers:

 

  • ‘A Victorian ironworld: cast iron, ornament and Brighton,' in Nuts & Bolts of Construction History: Culture, Technology and Society, vol. 2, ed. Robert Carvais (Picard, 2010), pp. 565-72

 

  • ‘Rational, magical or monstrous spaces? Press responses to London’s main drainage system, 1865-68,’ in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil, ed. Niall Scott (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2007)

 

  • ‘Representation and power? Constructing London’s main drainage system,’ in Studies in Urban History 31, ed. Lars Nilsson (Institute of Urban History, 2007)

 

Unpublished conference contributions:

 

  • ‘Manchester: seeing like a city,’ keynote paper, Roots and Reach, annual postgraduate conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 March 2020

 

  • ‘Postcards from the future: imagining cities and climate change,’ keynote paper, Imagining City Futures Across Disciplines, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland, 19 November 2018

 

  • ‘The dead city: allegories of empty London,’ invited speaker, Independent Social Research Foundation workshop, Berlin, September 2018

 

  • Unmoored Cities: Radical Urban Futures and Climate Catastrophes (lead organiser and chair), 1-day conference at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 24 May 2018

 

  • 'Londons under London: mapping the city’s subterranean nightmares,’ invited speaker, Going Underground: Design, Reputation and Disorder in the Subterranean Infrastructure of the City, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck College, London, 18 May 2018 

 

  • ‘Carbon-sink cities: Wolf Hilbertz, Biorock and Autopia Ampere,’ Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference, Glasgow, June 2017

 

  • ‘Drowned Londons: fiction, cities and climate change,’ Fiction and Social Imaginary, University of York, March 2016

 

  • ‘Social ornament: iron on the street,’ keynote paper, Historical Metallurgy Society Annual Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon, June 2015

 

  • ‘Dystopian ruin? London’s future submergence,' Brave New Worlds: The Dystopian in Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Newcastle University, April 2015

 

  • ‘Traversing the fantasies of urban destruction: ruin gazing in Varosha,' Narrating Ruin, Ruining Narrative: Co-Producing Sites, Materials and Stories, RGS-IBG International Conference, London, August 2014

 

  • ‘40 years later: ruin gazing in Varosha,’ Big Ruins: The Aesthetics and Politics of Supersized Decay (lead organiser and chair), University of Manchester, May 2014

 

  • 'Ornament and obscenity: cast iron and Victorian public toilets,’ invited speaker,. The Production of Ornament, University of Leeds, March 2014

 

  • 'Londons under London: Neo-Victorian cartographies of horror,' Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today, Liverpool John Moores University, July 2013

 

  •  'Ornament and transience: iron, decoration and the railway station,' Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures, Ironbridge, July 2013     

                                        

  • 'Function & Fantasy: the Aesthetics of Iron Architecture' conference session (organiser), 66th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, USA, April 2013           

                 

  • ‘Ornament unbound: Victorian decorative cast iron,’ Composition and Decomposition, British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference, University of Birmingham, September 2011

 

  • ‘Ruin from below: mapping London’s subterranean nightmares,’ Imagining Spaces/Places, University of Helsinki, August 2011

 

  • ‘The city in ruins: notes from Chernobyl and Pripyat,’ invited speaker, Refurbished Future, Industriebauseminar, TU Wien, Vienna, May 2011

 

  • ‘Petrified ruin: Chernobyl, Pripyat and the death of the city,’ Cold War Cities study day, Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, London, September 2010

 

  • ‘Give in your account: reading pre-Victorian census form,;’ Writing Design, The Design History Society Annual Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, September 2009

 

  • ‘Petrified modernism? Chernobyl, Pripyat and the death of the city,’ 78th Anglo- American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historical Research, London, July 2009

 

  • ‘Useful reading? Designing information for London’s Victorian cab passengers,’ St Bride Library Conference, London, April 2009

 

  • ‘Reading for navigation: maps and London guidebooks in the nineteenth century,’ 77th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historical Research, London, July 2008

 

  • ‘Combatting “fraudulent space:” Information design for London’s cab passengers, 1832-1914,’ Fifth Annual Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, Helmond, Netherlands, October 2007

 

  • ‘Architecture and Dirt’ conference session (co-organised with Ben Campkin), 60th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Pittsburgh, USA, April 2007

 

  • ‘Rational, magical or monstrous spaces? Press responses to London’s main drainage system, 1865-68,’ Third Global Conference, Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths of Enduring Evil, Budapest, Hungary, May 2005

 

  • ‘Nobility and fear in the “public face” of London's sewerage system,’ Seventh International Urban History Conference, Athens, October 2004

 

  • ‘Dialectic of construction/destruction: picturing London’s sewers, 1859-6,’ Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies, Keele University, October 2004

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

  • Designing Information Before Designers (co-curated with Paul Stiff and Mike Esbester), Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 22 February-15 April 2010; and St Bride Library, Bridewell Lane, London, 11-29 January 2010

TALKS AND LECTURES

 

  •  ‘1851: year zero’, invited speaker, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 5 February 2020

 

  •  ‘Anarchist architecture: building from the bottom up’, invited speaker, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, 22 January 2020

 

  •  ‘The future(s) of Manchester’, invited speaker, Urbanisms I, 29 August 2019, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester

 

  •  ‘Sunken cities: climate-change fiction, art and architecture’, invited speaker, Situating Architecture lecture series, 8 October 2018, Bartlett School of Architecture, London

 

  • ‘Underground Manchester: exploring the Irk culvert’, invited speaker, Beneath the City Streets, 1 March 2018, Sheffield Hallam University

 

  • ‘Underground Manchester: exploring the city within’, invited speaker, Manchester cathedral, Manchester, 8 September 2016

 

  •  ‘Rage against the machine: Victorian cast iron and its critics’, invited speaker, Design by Choice: The Origins of Mass Customization in Europe, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, 17 January 2016

 

  • ‘Ruins and the Romantic imagination’, invited speaker, Victorian Culture and Rise of Romanticism, John Rylands Library, Manchester, 27 November 2015

 

  • ‘Talking underground’, invited panelist, Everybody Explore: The Problems and Possibilities of Growing Public Enthusiasm for Urban Exploration, Senate House, London, 13 November 2015

 

  • ‘Rage against the machine’, invited speaker, Good Taste/Bad Taste?, RIBA, London, 27 October 2015

 

  • ‘Cities of Void’, invited panelist, Passengerfilms, London, 11 August 2015

 

  • ‘Men at work: visualising subterranean labourers in mid-Victorian London’, invited speaker, Perspectives on Ford Madox Brown’s Work, Manchester Art Gallery, 26 November 2014

 

  • Apocalypse Now: Thinking about Ruins and Radiation (organiser, chair and contributor), study seminar for the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 28 November 2012

 

  • Function and Fantasy: Decorative Iron and Victorian Architecture (organiser, chair and contributor), study day for the Victorian Society, Art Workers’s Guild, London, 24 March 2012

 

  • ‘Into the belly of the beast: exploring London’s sewers,’ This is Not a Gateway annual festival, Hanbury Hall, London, 23 October 2010

 

  • ‘Interactions with information: designing and reading in everyday life, 1815-1914,’ (with Paul Stiff and Mike Esbester), History of reading seminar series, Institute of English Studies, London, 22 March 2010

 

  • ‘What lies beneath? The underground city,’ invited speaker, Oxford Castle Unlocked public talks, Oxford, 16 July 2009

 

  • ‘Realizing “the Egyptian type of eternity:” sewage recycling in Victorian Britain,’ seminar series, Department of Economic & Social History, University of Glasgow, 23 October 2008

 

  • ‘Out of sight, out of mind: representing London’s Victorian sewers,’ Centre for Metropolitan History seminar series, Institute of Historical Research, London, 17 October 2007

 

  •  ‘Bazalgette’s architect: the eccentric art of Charles Driver,’ The Victorian Society Winter 2006 Lecture Series, Art Workers’ Guild, London, 21 February 2006

 

RESEARCH & PUBLICATION GRANTS

  • March 2018: Award from the Architecture Research Fund (UCL) towards the cost of publishing Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination (£531)

 

  • April 2017: Award from the Architecture Project Fund (UCL) with UCL Urban Laboratory towards the cost of organising the conference Unmoored Cities: Radical Urban Futures and Climate Catastrophes (£2,878)

 

  • October 2016: Senior Scholar Award from the Society of Architectural Historians to attend the annual conference of the Society in Glasgow, June 2017 (£750)

 

  • February 2016: 8-month Independent Scholar Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation (£10,920)

 

  • October 2013: Award from the Paul Mellon Centre towards the cost of publishing Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain (£1500)

 

  • May 2010: Two-year Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust (c. £50,000)

 

  • October 2008: Award from the Paul Mellon Centre towards the cost of publishing Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (£4402)

                                                    

  • April 2008: Award from the Marc Fitch Fund towards the cost of publishing Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (£1000)

 

  • January 2004 and January 2003: Jonathan Vickers Bursary from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (£12,000)

 

  • January 2003-December 2005: Reading University Faculty Studentship (equivalent to full AHRC funding for doctoral research)

 

MEDIA EXPERIENCE

  • January 2020: Interviewee, TRT World, Roundtable, ‘Floating Cities’

  • December 2019: Interviewee, October Films, How the Victorians Built Britain

  • April 2019: Interviewee, ABC National Radio, Melbourne, ’Blueprint for Living’

  • November 2018: Interviewee, ICON Minds podcast,’The future of cities’ 

  • June 2018: Interviewee, BBC North West

  • April 2015: Contributor/interviewee, The Restoration Man (Channel 4)

  • May 2014: Contributor to radio broadcast on London's sewers (Marketplace Productions)

  • May 2006: Contributor, One Planet (BBC World Service)

 

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