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Dr Joshua Mardell

Teaching Associate



Dr. Joshua Mardell is a social and architectural historian. He read for his M.Phil. degree in Architecture (by research) at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, and for his Ph.D. at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. He specialises in the long-nineteenth century Gothic Revival - having written his Ph.D. on the Buckler dynasty of Gothic Revival architects, antiquaries and topographical draughtsmen - and has published on British post-war architects associated with the Congrès internationaux d'architecture moderne. He is the 2020-21 Research Collections Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Yale University. He lives in Peckham.


Undergraduate Teaching

British Architecture in London, 1827-the present.



Research Interests:

Heredity, inheritance and architecture
Architectural dynasties
The Gothic Revival
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British architecture
Topographical drawings


[Forthcoming]. ‘Getting into a Scrape: the Buckler Dynasty, Lincoln Cathedral and mid- Victorian Architectural Politics’, Architectural History, 64.

2019. ‘On how we ought to be anarchists’: Pat Crooke, John Turner, and dweller-oriented architecture, Journal of Architecture, (24:6), pp. 829-852.

2019. ‘Cast Iron Reasons for Conservation’, RIBA Journal. 

2019. 'Patrick Crooke (1927-2018)’ (obituary), RIBA Journal. 

2018. ‘“Fidelitas ad Mortem”: J. C. Buckler, an Oxford College architect’, Oxoniensia, 83.

2017. ‘The Buckler Topographical Collection: a dynastical reading’, British Library Online.

2016. ‘Sir Andrew Derbyshire’ (obituary), C20 Magazine.

2013. ‘Far From the Madding Crowd: John Voelcker & Ruralism in Architecture’, AA Files, 66.

2012. ‘Learning from York’, Scroope: Cambridge Architecture Journal, 22.

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