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Dr Nick Beech


Lecturer in the History of London

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2954
Room 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.


Research Interests:

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


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PhD Supervision

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
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