History of Art


Dr Jacob Paskins



Jacob Paskins

Jacob Paskins is Lecturer (Teaching) and Head of Education in History of Art. He is an architectural and urban historian whose research interests include modern architecture and urban design, building sites and construction labour, the historical development of sensory perception, and the obsolescence of media and technology. He teaches on architecture in global contexts and on the intersections between architecture, film and mass media.

Contact Details

Office hours: Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30. In person / or on Teams (Teams bookings here).

Email: jacob.paskins@ucl.ac.uk

Office: 403, 20 Gordon Square.


Lecturer (Teaching) and Head of Education

Dept of History of Art

Faculty of S&HS

Research Themes

Modern architecture and urban design; building sites and construction labour; the historical development of sensory perception; the obsolescence of media and technology.


Jacob graduated from UCL with a BA in French and History of Art. He completed an MSc in Architectural History and a PhD in Architectural History and Theory at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. His master’s and doctoral studies were funded by studentships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He was the Eugenie Strong Research Fellow in Architectural History at Girton College, University of Cambridge from 2012 to 2015. At UCL Jacob has held teaching fellowships in Urban Studies (Department of Geography), and Architectural History and Theory (Bartlett School of Architecture). Jacob joined the History of Art Department in 2017 and was appointed Lecturer (Teaching) and Head of Education in 2021.

Teaching and Supervision

Jacob's teaching specialisms include modern and contemporary architecture, urban design and film. He has taught architectural history survey courses, from premodernity to the contemporary; undergraduate modules on housing and urban design from the eighteenth century to the present day; and postgraduate modules on film representations of cities, and multi-sensory architecture. At UCL History of Art he has taught a first-year thematic seminar on the styles, forms and materials of architecture in London; a second-year period module on architecture, colonialism and globalisation; and a final-year special subject on the historiography and representation of architecture and cities from 1900 to the present. Jacob particularly values field-based teaching and regularly leads seminars in galleries and museums, and on the streets of London.

Jacob supervises undergraduate and master’s dissertations on a broad range of architectural and urban topics. Recent student projects include: social interactions in the communal spaces of Singaporean housing estates; Space, Craft and Culture of a Disappearing Polish Nation; representations of domestic space in Nordic TV dramas; inhabiting 'found space' through sound in London; defining queer-space in post-war London; Fragments of Time, Memory and Space in the reconstruction of Warsaw; theorising space in the films of Agnès Varda; the architecture of cancer care.