This short course, new on our programme, will cover the history of British architecture from the thirteenth century until now.History of Brit Architecture image

In London we are fortunate to have examples of different British architectural styles from almost all periods, and especially from the middle ages to the present day. This gives us a unique teaching tool for people who want to learn about the history of British architecture - the buildings themselves.

On this eight-week course we will visit different places around London, looking at the architectural history and styles of different buildings, how they relate to each other and to wider historical architectural, social and cultural movements.

These visits will also allow us to learn the language of architectural history and practice, but the overall approach is to be informative, educational and entertaining. It is an opportunity to discover something of the astonishing developments in British architecture over a period of a thousand years, gain an understanding of the history of buildings in London in particular, and see at first hand some of the most beautiful examples of architecture in the world.

No previous knowledge of art history, architecture or history is necessary, but these are site visits so there will be quite a bit of walking around London’s streets. Also, we cannot guarantee the weather, so do bring an umbrella and wear appropriate clothing if the weather forecast looks bad!

Indicative Programme (subject to alteration if necessary)

Week 1 is at Imperial College. All other weeks are off site visits. Sessions run Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm

  1. Introduction - the Earliest English Architecture
  2. Temple - Medieval and Tudor
  3. Inigo Jones and Greenwich
  4. Wren and the New City
  5. Somerset House to Waterloo Place
  6. Westminster and Whitehall
  7. South Kensington and Albertopolis
  8. Borough and the Shard

About the tutor

Dr Michael Paraskos is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Programme Officer in the art history department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Michael is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016.

If you have any questions about this course please contact the tutor at m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk.