My work, published essays and books listed below, provides new insights into
architects’ approaches to housing design since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Drawing on methods from both history and practice the work uses primarily drawn
building studies familiar in professional journals for comparative analysis. Two
interrelated issues, housing designed to be adaptable (or flexible) and housing
designed for families other than the norm of the static, nuclear family, characterise the
approach to the work implicit through the selection of case studies. A reflective essay
considers the work in the context of attempts to introduce flexible housing typologies
and the potential impact on the role of the architect and the consumer. Further
context is provided in an appendix setting out an annotated chronology of relevant
legislation, reports and recommendations, to raise questions about its complexities
and the contemporary renewed focus on minimum space standards as the primary
tool to improve housing quality.
|Date of Award||2016|