A prolific writer in many formats, his most significant publications are listed here


The Architect’s Calendar, London, 1973.

Silent Cities: An Exhibition of the Memorial and Cemetery Architecture of the Great War [catalogue], RIBA, London, 1977.

[Ed.] London 1900 [Architectural Design special issue], 1978.

[Ed.] Britain in the Thirties [Architectural Design 49, special issue], 1979.

Temples of Power The Architecture of Electricity [lithographs by Glynn Boyd Harte], Cygnet Press, Burford, 1979.

[with Colin Amery] The Victorian Buildings of London 1837-1887, Architectural Press, London, 1980.

The English House 1860-1914 [exhibition catalogue], Building Centre, London 1980.

Robert Weir Schultz and his Work for the Marquesses of Bute, Mount Stuart, 1981.

The Great Perspectivists, Trefoil, London, 1982.

[with Anthony Symondson] guide to Clumber Chapel, Nottinghamshire, The National Trust, 1982.

[with James Dunnett] Ernö Goldfinger, Architectural Association, London, 1983.

The Changing Metropolis: The Earliest Photographs of London, Viking, London, 1984.

Raymond Myerscough-Walker: Architect and Perspectivist [exhibition catalogue], Architectural Association, 1984.

[Ed.] Sir Owen Williams, Architectural Association, London, 1986.

The English House, 1860-1914 [photographs by André Goulancourt], Faber & Faber, London, 1986.

[with Charles Moore & A.N. Wilson] The Church in Crisis, Hodder, London, 1986.

Telephone Boxes, Chatto, London 1989.

[Ed., with Sam McKinstry] ‘Greek’ Thomson, Edinburgh U.P., 1994 [including two essays].

[Ed. new annotated edition] Personal and Professional Recollections of Sir George Gilbert Scott, R.A. [1879], Paul Watkins, Stamford, 1995.

[Ed.] guide book to Mount Stuart, Mount Stuart, 1995.

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Laurence King Publishing with Glasgow 1999, London 1999, also published as Alexander Thomson: The Unknown Genius, London 1999.

[Ed.] The Light of Truth and Beauty: The Lectures of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Alexander Thomson Society, Glasgow 1999.

Edwin Lutyens Country Houses, from the Archives of Country Life, Aurum Press, London 2001.

[Ed., with Andrew Hopkins] Lutyens Abroad. The work of Sir Edwin Lutyens outside the British Isles, The British School at Rome, London 2002 [including essays on the British Embassy in Washington D.C. and New Delhi].

An Architect of Promise: George Gilbert Scott junior (1839-97) and the Late Gothic Revival, Shaun Tyas, Donington 2002.

The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Profile Books, London 2006; revised edition 2016.

Edwin Lutyens: Profilo di un architetto, Umberto Allemandi, Torino 2007.

Britain’s Lost Cities, Aurum Press, London 2007.

Saving A Century: The Victorian Society 1958 2008 [exhibition catalogue], The Victorian Society, London 2008.

Lost Victorian Britain, Aurum Press, London 2010.

Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design, Aurum Press, London 2013.

Gothic for the Steam Age: an illustrated biography of George Gilbert Scott, Aurum Press, London 2015.

Essays and Articles

‘Dulwich College. Our Architectural Heritage’ in The Alleynian, xcv, no.611, Winter 1967.

‘The Railways in Dulwich’ in The Alleynian, xcv, no.612, Summer 1967.

‘Stirling’s Worth’ in The Cambridge Review, xcviii, 30th January 1976, reprinted in Building Design, 19th March 1976.

‘Indian Summer’ - the work of H.A.N. Medd & A.G. Shoosmith, in the Architectural Review, clix, June 1976.

‘Victorian Bombay: Urbs Primus in Indis’ in AARP [Art & Archaeology Research Papers], June 1977.

‘The Office and Heirs of Sir Gilbert Scott’ in Sir Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) Architect of the Gothic Revival, Victoria & Albert Museum [exhibition catalogue], 1978.

‘Giles Gilbert Scott: the Problem of “Modernism”’ in Architectural Design 49, 1979.

‘How Hillingdon Happened’ in the Architectural Review, clxv, February 1979.

‘George Gilbert Scott Junior’ & ‘Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’ in R. Dixon, ed., Sir Gilbert Scott and the Scott Dynasty, Polytechnic of the South Bank, London, 1980.

Entries and essays in Joanna Heseltine, ed., Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects: The Scott Family, Gregg International, Amersham, 1981.

‘Battersea Power Station’ in the Thirties Society Journal no.1, 1981.

‘New Delhi’ and other entries in Lutyens: The Work of the English Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Arts Council [exhibition catalogue], London, 1981.

‘The Rise and Fall and Rise of Edwin Lutyens’ in the Architectural Review, clxx, November 1981.

‘British Architecture in India, 1857-1947’ (Sir George Birdwood Memorial Lecture) in the Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, cxxix, May 1981, pp.357-379.

‘Sources of Traditionalism in British Architecture: The English House 1860-1914’ & ‘Lutyens’ Deanery Garden: An English House’ in International Architect, i, no.6, 1981.

‘Sir Gilbert Scott and the “restoration” of mediaeval buildings’ in AA Files 1, 1981-82.

‘India: end of the Classical tradition’ in Lotus International 34, Milan, 1982/1.

‘Origins of the [Georgian] Group’ in the Architects’ Journal, clxxv, 31st March 1982.

Various entries in Adolf K. Placzec, ed., Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Architects, New York & London [1982].

[with Margaret Richardson] ‘Lutyens in Spain’ in Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme 155, Barcelona, December 1982 and in AA Files 3, January 1983.

‘ Lutyens and his conceptual imagination’, translated as ‘Lutyens i la seva imaginació conceptual’ in Quaderns 163, Barcelona, October-December 1984.

‘Perspectives and Perspectivists of the London Scene’ in Getting London in Perspective, Barbican Art Gallery catalogue, London 1984.

‘Helen’s Tower’ in Peter Rankin, ed., Clandeboye guide book, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 1985.

Introduction to John Gay (photographs), Cast Iron, John Murray, London, 1985.

‘Church Architecture’ in Robert Fermor-Hesketh, ed., Architecture of the British Empire, London 1986.

‘The Hungerford Market’ in AA Files 11, Spring 1986.

‘Joze Plečnik: un genio del siglo XX’ in Quaderns 166, Barcelona 1986.

‘Victorian Survival or Revival? The case of H.S. Goodhart-Rendel’ in AA Files 15, Summer 1987.

‘Henry-Russell Hitchcock 1903-1987’ in AA Files 16, Autumn 1987.

‘Churches’ in Tim Heald, ed., The Newest London Spy, London, 1988.

Introduction to C. Ellmers & A. Werner, London’s Lost Riverscape, London 1988.

‘Architectural Sculpture in Liverpool’ in P. Curtis, ed., Patronage & Practice. Sculpture on Merseyside, Liverpool, 1989.

‘History in the Making’ [in Bruges] in the Architects’ Journal, cxc, 26th July 1989, pp.32-50.

‘Robert Atkinson 1883-1952’ in Paul Spencer-Longhurst, ed., Robert Atkinson 1883- 1952, [exhibition catalogue] 1989, & in AA Files 20, Autumn 1990.

‘From Battle Bridge to King’s Cross: Urban Fabric and Change’ in Michael Hunter & Robert Thorne, eds, Change at King's Cross, London 1990.

Introduction to John Garfield, The Fallen. A photographic journey through the war cemeteries and memorials of the Great War, 1914-18, London, 1990.

‘McMorran and Whitby: A Progressive Classicism’ in Modern Painters, volume 4 number 4 Winter 1991.

‘Mackintosh, Burnet and Modernity’ in The Age of Mackintosh: Architectural Heritage III [Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland], Edinburgh, 1992.

‘Pevsner e l'Inghilterra’ in Fulvio Irace, ed., Nikolaus Pevsner. La trama della storia, Milan, 1992.

‘The Last High Victorian Goth’ in Brian Hanson, ed., The Golden City: Essays on the Architecture and Imagination of Beresford Pite, London, 1993.

‘Postscript’ in Gillespie Kidd & Coia - Mac Journal one, 1994.

‘George Gilbert Scott, jun., and King’s College Chapel’ in Architectural History [Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain] 37, 1994.

Introduction to T.A. Greeves, Ruined Cities of the Imagination and other drawings, Upton on Severn, 1994.

‘The Victorian Kirk: Presbyterian architecture in nineteenth-century Scotland’ in C. Brooks & A. Saint, eds., The Victorian Church, Manchester, 1995.

‘Lutyens e il classicismo progressivo’ in Giorgio Ciucci, ed., Classicismo Classicismi: Architettura Europa/America 1920-1940, Milan, 1995.

‘The Art of keeping one jump ahead: conservation societies in the twentieth century’ in Michael Hunter, ed., Preserving the Past: The Rise of Heritage in Modern Britain, London, 1996.

‘The Neo-Classical Town in late Victorian and early 20th-century Scotland’ in W.A. Brogden, ed., The Neo-Classical Town: Scottish Contributions to Urban Design since 1750, Edinburgh, 1996.

‘The London Years’ in Wendy Kaplan, ed., Charles Rennie Mackintosh, New York & Glasgow, 1996.

‘Soane in Budapest?’ in things 6, summer 1997.

‘Introduction’ in Caledonia Gothica. Pugin and the Gothic Revival in Scotland: Architectural Heritage VIII [Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland], 1997.

‘Charles Reilly and the Liverpool School of Architecture, 1904-1933’ [review] in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 56:3, September 1997.

‘The Durability of Reputation’ [the Cambridge History Faculty building] in the Harvard Design Magazine, Fall 1997, no.3.

‘Fly me to the stars’ & ‘Decomania’ in things 7, winter 1997-98.

‘Gildard on Thomson’ in The Alexander Thomson Society Newsletter, no.20, January 1998.

‘“At Once Classic and Picturesque...” Alexander Thomson’s Holmwood’ in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 57:1, March 1998.

‘Sacred Architecture in a Secular Century’ in The Twentieth Century Church: The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society 3, London 1998.

‘Ramsgate Cemetery Chapel’ in Architectural History 41, 1998.

‘How is it that there is no modern style of architecture?’ in the Alexander Thomson Society Newsletter, no.21, May 1998, expanded in Mac Journal 4, Mackintosh School of Architecture, 1999.

‘Budapest and Westminster’ & ‘Ernö Goldfinger’ in Gyula Ernyey, ed., Britain and Hungary. Contacts in Architecture and Design, Budapest 1999.

‘It looks like carelessness, or, in search of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’ in Scottish Archives. The Journal of the Scottish Records Association, vol.5, 1999, pp.12-28.

‘Giles Gilbert Scott and Bankside Power Station’ in Rowan Moore & Raymund Ryan, Building Tate Modern, London 2000.

‘Dennis Severs 1948-2000’ in things 12, Summer 2000.

‘George Gilbert Scott, the Memorial Competition, and the Critics’ in Chris Brooks, ed., The Albert Memorial, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2000.

‘“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and the Rebuilding of the House of Commons’ in Christine Riding & Jacqueline Riding, eds., The Houses of Parliament: History, Art, Architecture, Merrell, London, 2000.

‘The Machine Age’ in Dan Cruickshank, ed., Architecture. The Critics’ Choice, Aurum, London, 2000.

‘The myth of Gillespie Kidd & Coia’ in Architectural Heritage XI [Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland], 2000.

‘George Gilbert Scott and the Cambridge Camden Society’ in Christopher Webster & John Elliott, eds., ‘A Church as it should be’ The Cambridge Camden Society and its influence, Shaun Tyas, Stamford, 2000, pp.173-189.

‘Home and Colonial: The Houses of Edwin Lutyens’ in Malcolm Airs, ed., The Edwardian Great House, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, 2000, pp.122-132.

‘The South Bank site’ in Elain Harwood & Alan Powers, eds, Festival of Britain: The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society 5, London 2001, pp.12-24.

‘The Gilbert Scotts in Sussex’ in Paul Foster, ed., Chichester Cathedral Spire. The Collapse (1861), Otter Memorial Paper number 13, Chichester, 2001, pp.75-82.

‘Le Revival Gothique Haut Victorien et l’Architecture Normande’ in Martin Kew Meade, Werner Szambien & Simona Talenti, eds, L’Architecture Normande en Europe: Identités et Échanges du XIe siècle à nos jours, Éditions Parenthèses, Marseille, 2002, pp.123-140.

‘Peter Nicholson’s amazing monument’ in the Alexander Thomson Society Newsletter, no.32, October 2002.

‘Ambonoclasm Redeemed’ [the screen from St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham], in True Principles: The Voice of the Pugin Society, vol.2, no.4, Summer 2002, pp.6-9.

‘I was Lord Kitchener’s Valet, or, How the Vic Soc Saved London’ in The Sixties. The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society 6, London 2002, pp.130-144.

‘Two Remarkable Women’ in MacMag 27, Mackintosh School of Architecture, 2002.

‘The Architect as hero?’ in The Drouth, issue 8, Summer 2003.

‘“Gothic” Thomson’ in the Alexander Thomson Society Newsletter, no.33, May 2003, pp.10-16.

‘High Victorian Gothic and the Architecture of Normandy’ in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 62:2, June 2003, pp.194-211.

‘In Search of the Byzantine: George Gilbert Scott’s Diary of an Architectural Tour in France in 1862’ in Architectural History [Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain] 46, 2003, pp.189-228.

‘Soane in Glasgow’ in The Georgian Group Journal, xiii, 2003, pp.181-200.

‘Contrasting Monuments to Industrialised Slaughter’ in The Drouth, Spring 2004, pp.8-12.

‘An architect of the Entente Cordiale: Eugène Bourdon (1870-1916) – Glasgow and Versailles’ in Architectural Heritage XV [The Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland], 2004, pp.80-116.

‘Coia, Giacomo Antonio [Jack] (1898-1981), architect’

‘Gradidge, (John) Roderick Warlow (1929-2000), architect’

‘Hamilton, Thomas (1784-1858), architect’

‘Harris, Emmanuel Vincent (1876-1971)’

‘Lutyens, Sir Edwin Landseer (1869-1944), architect’

‘Nairn, Ian Douglas (1930-1983), architectural writer’

‘Richards, Sir James Maule [Jim] (1907-1992), architectural writer and critic’

‘Scott, Elisabeth Whitworth (1898-1972), architect’

‘Scott, Sir George Gilbert (1811-1878), architect’

‘Scott, George Gilbert (1839-1897), architect and scholar’

‘Scott, Sir Giles Gilbert (1880-1960), architect’

‘Shoosmith, Arthur Gordon (1888-1974), architect’

‘Stuart, John Crichton-, fourth marquess of Bute (1881-1947), architectural patron and conservationist’

‘Stuart, John Crichton-, sixth marquess of Bute (1933-1993), benefactor and patron of the arts’

‘Thomson, Alexander [called Greek Thomson] (1817-1875, architect’

all in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004.

‘Seifert, Robin’ in the online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.

‘Early Twentieth-Century Stations’ in Julian Holder & Steven Parissien, eds,

The Architecture of British Transport in the Twentieth Century, Paul Mellon Centre, Yale, New Haven & London, 2004, pp.23-46.

‘“How is it that there is no modern style of architecture?” ‘Greek’ Thomson versus Gilbert Scott’ in Mari Hvattum & Christian Hermansen, eds, Tracing Modernity: Manifestations of the modern in architecture and the city, Routledge, London & New York, 2004, pp.103-123.

‘Lutyens’s Washington Embassy’ in The British Ambassador’s Residence, Washington DC: Works of Art from the UK Government Art Collection, The Government Art Collection of the United Kingdom, London 2004.

‘Ian Nairn’ in The Heroic Period of Conservation: The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society 7, London, 2004, pp.20-29.

‘Architectural Commentary’ in Simon Smith, Ralph Maynard Smith: A Haunted Man: painter – writer – architect (1904-1964), Wolseley Fine Arts & Ralph Maynard Smith Trust, 2004, pp.225-227.

‘Glen Eden, Dumbartonshire’ in Country Life, cxcix, 20th January 2005, pp.40-43.

‘Hitchcock, Summerson and Glasgow’ in Frank Salmon, ed., Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography, Paul Mellon Centre, Yale, New Haven & London, 2006, pp.133-154.

‘A Lightweight Wax Fruit Merchant? or, John Betjeman and Conservation’ in First and Last Loves: John Betjeman & Architecture, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 2006, pp.11-20.

‘Neo-Tudor and its Enemies’ in Architectural History [Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain] 49, 2006, pp.1-33.

Introduction to David Crellin & Ian Dungavell, eds, Architecture & Englishness 1880-1914, Society of Architectural Historians of G.B., 2006, pp.3-6.

‘“A Catholic church in which everything is genuine and good”: the Roman Catholic parish churches of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’ in Ecclesiology Today issue 38, May 2007, pp.63-80.

‘Budapest 1867-1914: A Dual Capital for the Dual Monarchy’ in The Court Historian, xiii, 1: Courts and Capitals, 1815-1914, June 2008.

‘Memorials’ in A Part of History: Aspects of the British Experience of the First World War, Continuum, London, 2008, pp.142-152.

‘The Imperial War Graves Commission’ in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, 33, no.1, 2008, pp.5-22.

‘The Church of St Hilda, Crofton Park’ in Ecclesiology Today, issue 40, July 2008, pp.77-82.

‘Classicism without Columns’ in Frank Salmon, ed., The Persistence of the Classical: Essays on Architecture presented to David Watkin, Philip Wilson, London, 2008, pp.183-201.

‘Rail, steam and speed’ in The 1840s: Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design, vol.1, The Victorian Society, 2008, pp.42-59.

‘Review Essay’ on Ernest Charles Shearman in Ecclesiology Today, issue 42, June 2010, pp.147-151.

‘What did we do for the Victorians?’ in Victorians Revalued: Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design, vol.2, The Victorian Society, 2010, pp.7-25.

‘The architecture of good taste: Anglican churches in 1914’ in Churches 1870-1914: Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design, vol.3, The Victorian Society, 2011, pp.144-165.

‘Downside Abbey and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’ in Dom Aidan Bellinger, ed., Downside Abbey: An Architectural History, Merrill, London, 2011, pp.177-199.

‘How We Celebrated the Coronation: The Foundation and Early Years of the Georgian Group’ in The Georgian Group Journal, xx, 2012, pp.1-21.

‘Suburban Affinities’ in The Seventies: Twentieth Century Architecture 10 [The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society], London, 2012, pp.137-151.

‘New Delhi: A New Imperial Capital for British India’ in The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies, xvii, 2: Courts and Capitals, 1815-1914 (iv), December 2012.

‘An architectural revelation: Berrydown Court, Overton, Hampshire’ in Country Life, 12th June 2013, pp.64-68.

‘The don’s joke’ (Rhodes House, Oxford) in Country Life, 24th July 2013, pp.46-51.

‘Would you believe this is a council house?’ in Country Life, 21st August 2013, pp.34-37.

‘The architecture of pleasure’ (Williamstrip bath house) in Country Life, 18th September 2013, pp.104-107.

‘A love affair with the past’ in Country Life (The Georgians 1714-1830), 26th March 2014, pp.72-75.

‘Really very fine’ (House of Falkland, Fife) in Country Life, 31st December 2014, pp.34-40.

‘A house beyond the pale’ &c. (Chinthurst Hill, Surrey) in Country Life, 18th March 2015, pp.84-88, & 25th March, pp.52-58.

‘Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, part II’ in Country Life, 8th July 2015, pp.74-79.

‘Anti-Ugly Action’ in AA Files 70, 2015, pp.76-88.

‘Giles Gilbert Scott and Classical architecture’ in Julian Holder & Elizabeth McKellar, eds, Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, Historic England, Swindon, 2016, pp.81-93.

‘Besieged by Suffragettes: Lympne Castle, Kent, Part II’ in Country Life, 6th July 2016, pp.106-110.

[with Roger Bowdler] ‘Ivan Meštrović and architecture’ in Sculpture Journal, volume 25.2 (2016), pp.235-250.

‘Living in Lilliput: Queen Mary’s Doll’s House’ in Country Life, 30th November 2016, pp.62-66.