Program Enrichments 

 

Program Enrichments: The MA in Historical and Sustainable Architecture includes a number of special Enrichment Lectures from a variety of UK experts in relevant fields of interest:

Stephen Brindle - Stephen Brindle is an historian and works for the Curatorial Department of English Heritage. Stephen attended Oxford University culminating in a PhD from Keble College in late-medieval architecture in Spain. Stephen has worked for English Heritage in a number of roles. He was an Inspector of Ancient Monuments in the Crown Buildings team and was involved in the post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle. He has published numerous books and articles in the fields of architecture and engineering. He is working on two books currently, a volume for the Pelican History of Art:Architecture in Britain and Ireland, 1530-1840 and a multi-authored history of Windsor Castle. Stephen conducts 4 lectures on the History of Architecture in the Britain for the MA programme.

Dr. Edward Denison - Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, Edward Denison's wide-ranging research is motivated by the notion of 'otherness', exploring the resistance to and the role, practice and imperative of non-canonical architectural histories, especially outside the west, and in relation to modernity.  Underlying all of his work is a deep concern for sustainability- ecologically, culturally and socially.  His current research is focussed on the Anthropocene and the modern heritage of Africa.  His most recent publication, Ultra-Modernism: Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria (Hong Kong UP, 2017), co-authored with Guang Yu Ren, won the RIBA President's Award for Research in History and Theory and the President's Medal for Research.  

Matthew Higgs - Associate Director at JAW Sustainability, Matt has an MA in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science. His experience in the building industry combined with his first-hand exposure to environmental issues and research into sustainable development led to a drive to help decouple human activity from environmental degradation.  His professional focus lies primarily in lowering embodied and operational carbon emissions, through the use of whole life cycle assessment (WLCA) and energy modelling.  He also works to reduce waste by helping clients incorporate circular economic principles into their projects. 

Dr. Olmo Silva – Dr. Silva is Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics. Dr. Silva conducts two comprehensive lectures on Financial Real Estate for the MA programme.

Dr. Jacob Simpson - Jacob Simpson has worked in the fields of planning, property investment and economic development since completing his Bachelor's in Urban Design and Architecture Studies at NYU and a Master's of City Planning at MIT.  His most recent experience with a local authority in Greater Paris has driven his interest in researching the spatial organisation of foreign firms in large metropolitan regions, the subject of his Ph.D.  Jacob teaches courses in territorial marketing at the Sorbonne as well as architectural history for various American universities in Paris.