Dr Nick Beech
Lecturer in the History of London
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2954Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.13
I am an architectural historian with a particular interest in cultures of construction and building. My doctoral thesis (Bartlett, UCL) argued that prosaic processes of demolition and building at the South Bank in the 1940s revealed wider social and political transformations. I have taught the history, theory and cultural context of architecture at a number of architectural schools in London and Oxford.
My research contends with two broad, open questions of architectural and urban history—what industrial changes occurred in building and architectural practices in mid-twentieth century Britain? How might those specific processes of change illuminate transformations in wider cultural and political dimensions?
I have considered these questions in relation to the building industry, architectural profession, and wider cultural and political institutions, of mid-twentieth century London in particular. I continue to collaborate with a diverse range and number of scholars, public intellectuals, artists and architects in pursuit of this research.
My interests include
- materialist histories of modern architecture
- New Left thought and Cultural Studies
- the nineteenth and twentieth century ‘building world’
- processes of urban change in modern London
Articles, books and chapters:
- with Katie Lloyd Thomas and Adam Sharr (eds), Into the Hidden Abode, special issue of Architecture and Culture, vol. 3, no. 3 (2015, forthcoming).
- with Katie Lloyd Thomas and Tilo Amhoff, (eds), Industries of Architecture (link is external) (London: Routledge, 2015, forthcoming).
- with Katie Lloyd Thomas and Tilo Amhoff, ‘Industries of Architecture’, in Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff and Nick Beech (eds), Industries of Architecture (London: Routledge, 2015, forthcoming).
- ‘Groundworks: Constructing Everyday Life at the South Bank 1948’, in Ákos Moravánszky, Christian Schmid, Lukasz Stanek (eds), Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in social research and architecture (link is external) (London: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 191–205.
- ‘Demolition Figures: The appearance and expression of the mattockman and topman in LCC contracts, 1941–1951 (link is external)’, Architectural Research Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 3 (2012), 245–52.
- ‘Et tu, Peter? Some kinds of real–(and not so) politik at the Festival of Britain (link is external)’, in Mathew Aitchison and John Macarthur (ed.) Townscape, a special issue of Journal of Architecture, vol. 17, no. 5 (2012), 747–62.
Reviews and other publications:
- ‘Sur Lefebvre, la plage!: A review of Lefebvre for Architects (link is external)’, The Journal of Architecture, vol. 20, no. 3 (2015), 536–43.
- ‘The Corridor of Our School, Revisited’, Lobby (The Bartlett, UCL), (link is external) vol. 1 (2014).
- ‘Review: Socialist Register 2012: The Crisis and the Left’, Construction Labour Research (2013/1) (link is external).
- with Amy Thomas, ‘Besitz und Besessenheit: Strukturen des Grundeigentums in London’, trans. from English by Nikolaus Schneider, ARCH+, no. 209 (link is external) (December 2012), 52–59.
- Various Articles for 30-Second Architecture, (link is external) edited by Edward Denison (London: Ivy Press, July 2013).
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- construction history
- history of modern architecture in Britain
- history of the New Left in Britain