Timothy Brittain-Catlin to speak at Gresham College

Timothy Brittain-Catlin will be presenting his latest research in a lecture at Gresham College on the evening of Tuesday 13th March. This talk will propose the theory that Edwardian domestic architecture was based on a new concept of remodelling or imitating the remodelling of old buildings, especially ones with Elizabethan or Jacobean features. This idea emerges from a study of Country Life magazine and of a series of houses from the period. The lecture suggests that three houses should enter the canon of significant early twentieth-century architecture: Kingsgate Castle, near Broadstairs in Kent; Daws Hill, in High Wycombe; and Vann, near Hambledon in Surrey.

Gresham College is one of the most prestigious academic venues in the country, and the lecture will be attended by leading architectural historians. Admission to Barnard’s Inn Hall, off High Holborn, where the lecture will take place will be on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis, with entry from 5.30pm for a 6pm, start. Further information can be found on the College’s website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/architecture-and-the-edwardian-era

The lecture will be available to downloads or watch online after it has taken place.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin to speak at the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Timothy Brittain-Catlin will be speaking on British Victorian architects from A.W.N. Pugin to W.R. Lethaby as part of the series on Architectural History organised for the European Year of Cultural Heritage. His lecture, ‘Pugin’s House: a home for all Europe?’ will describe European influences on one of the most influential periods of British design, and how in return the work of the Arts and Crafts Movement came to play a major role in Germany.

He joins a prestigious group of leading architectural historians which include Simon Thurley, the Gresham Professor of Built Environment and former chief executive of English Heritage, and the mediaeval historian John Goodall of Country Life, author of the highly praised The English Castle.

The lecture will be held at Europe House, the offices of the European Commission in London, at 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU, on Thursday 15th February at 18.30, with refreshments from 18.00.

Further information about the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage can be found here: http://european-heritage.co.uk/

All welcome but booking (free) is essential: comm-lon-rsvp@ec.europa.eu

Dr Manolo Guerci to give lecture at ‘Mazarin, Rome et l’Italie’ conference

Dr Manolo Guerci will give a lecture on the artistic relationships between Italy and France through the analysis of the style of the Palazzo Mancini in Rome at the international conference ‘Mazarin, Rome et l’Italie’, to be held at the Bibliotheque Mazarin and the Ecole des Chartes in Paris, 11 to 13 May. This is part of Dr Guerci’s longstanding studies on the two contexts, which he has also been comparing with the English one.

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis on New Design in the Historic Centre of Canterbury

Dr Nikos Karydis will be giving a talk entitled ‘New Design in the History Centre of Canterbury’ as part of The Canterbury Trust on Wednesday 1st June at 7.30PM at the Friends Meeting House, the Friars.

How can cities such as Canterbury achieve a sympathetic balance between old and new?  The design of new buildings that adapt harmoniously to the historic context plays a key role in the preservation of the character of historic neighbourhoods.

This talk will be given by Dr Nikolaos Karydis, who is the Director of the MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Kent and a practising architect.  His illustrated talk will analyse some of the key elements in the ‘contextual’ approach to place-making, such as:

  • The role of new developments in the scale and structure of the city
  • The contribution of new architecture to urban frontages
  • The impact of new buildings on the urban scene
  • The role of building materials and their contribution to the character of an area

Different approaches will be assessed with reference to possible interventions in different parts of Canterbury.  Analysing these approaches helps to establish design methods that enable architects, designers and planners to enhance the historic environment.

Dr Cardellicchio to speak about future heritage and circular economy at the University of Rome

Luciano Cardellicchio has been invited to give a lecture entitled ‘Are We Building for the Future?’ at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The event will take place at the School of Engineering the 9th of May.

The aim of the talk is to critically reflect on the relationship between ‘Circular Economy’ and ‘Future Heritage’ highlighting what are the principles that architectural designers need to be aware of to shape longer-life buildings.

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis to give an open lecture at the University of Kent

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis is giving a lecture on Thursday 5th March at 11am-1pm in the Cornwallis Octagon, Lecture Theatre 3. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

Architectural Encounters between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th Century

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis, University of Kent


The artistic relations between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th century transcended the cultural and religious boundaries between the two cultures. Our awareness of these relations is essential to understand the development of monumental architecture in Southern Europe during this period. A comparative analysis of a wide range of monuments reflects a stream of architectural influences between Byzantium and Islam that flowed in both directions. Indeed, combinations of Islamic and Byzantine themes occur in cultures as different and distant as the ones of Moorish Andalusia and Byzantine Greece. But, such architectural fusions are not only encountered in Islamic and Byzantine territories. They also occur in the architecture of the Venetian Republic and the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. The rise of these two powers is marked by the development of hybrid, and highly inventive architectural languages that incorporate the best elements of Byzantine and Islamic architecture, confirming the aesthetic compatibility between them.

This lecture revisits some of the key monuments of Andalusia, Italy and Greece in order to identify those architectural motifs and construction techniques that the one culture borrowed from the other. Particular emphasis is put on the design and constructional methods used to combine Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements in different contexts and on the modifications which the two cultures introduced into the elements they borrowed. The architectural forms studied in the lecture show that the exchange of ideas between Byzantium and Islam was extremely fertile, producing unique architectural forms. Cross-cultural interaction seems to have renewed previous architectural traditions, infusing new life and symbolic content in them.

Professor Gordana Fontana-Giusti lectures at the RCA

Professor Gordana Fontana-Giusti will present a new theoretical interpretation of Leon Battista Alberti’s work on 26 February at 18.30 at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

Alberti, Walls, Walling and the City.
The focus of this talk is on the effects of the displacement of the city walls in the gradual process of ‘crystallisation’ of urban space from the fifteenth century onwards, looking at the underlying dynamics of public space within the city, whereby the visible physicality of walls contains and sometimes belies the invisible logic of their effects. 

Her related article has been published in The Journal of Architecture.

Dr Karydis invited to present lecture in Vienna

Dr Nikolaos Karydis, lecturer at the Kent School of Architecture, has been invited by the Austrian Archaeological Institute to give a lecture on the Architectural Evolution of the Churches of Ephesos from the 5th to the 6th century. The lecture will take place on 25 February, at 5pm, in the Institute of Classical Archaeology of the University of Vienna, Franz-Klein gasse 1/2, Vienna.

Students of the Kent School of Architecture are also currently in Vienna as part of an extra-curricular field trip.