The Bartlett School of Architecture


‘Homework: Lived Experience Through Architectural Histories’ - Architectural History Symposium

05 November 2020–06 November 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Homework - Architectural History MA

Join the 2019-20 cohort of Architectural History MA for Homework, a symposium and website launch.

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This event will be broadcast on The Bartlett School of Architecture’s YouTube channel. No registration is needed. 


This two-part online symposium will examine what is afforded and lost to us online during the coronavirus pandemic, and will showcase wide-ranging themes from subjectivity and housing, landscape and art, to health, finance, post-war and global cities.

Each night, three keynote talks will be followed by a dialogue with the audience, led by the 2019-20 cohort of Architectural History MA, and related to their research.


Thursday 5 November, 'Physical Histories and Material Sensibilities', 18:00-19:30 GMT


  • Catherine Croft, The Twentieth Century Society
  • Dr Janina Gosseye, Delft University of Technology
  • Dr Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Barnard College/Columbia University

Friday 6 November, 'Globalised Digital Capitalism', 18:00-19:30 GMT


  • Dr Karen Burns, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Eray Çaylı, London School of Economics
  • Prof Reinhold Martin, Columbia University

This event page will be updated with more details soon.

Speaker biographies

Catherine Croft

Catherine Croft is expert on post war architecture and the public perception of C20 design. She is the Director of the C20 Society, the National Amenity Society for buildings constructed since 1918, and lectures widely on heritage and built environment issues, in the UK and abroad. Her work with the Getty Conservation Institute includes a practical guide to concrete repair in historic buildings.

Dr Janina Gosseye

Dr Janina Gosseye is Associate Professor of Urban Architecture at TUDelft. Her research is situated at the nexus of 20th century architectural and urban history on the one hand, and social and political history on the other. Her most recent book is: Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research, which she edited together with Naomi Stead and Deborah van der Plaat.

Dr Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

Dr Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is Assistant Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is writing two book manuscripts, Architecture of Migration: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Settlement, on the history, visual rhetoric, and spatial politics of the Dadaab refugee camps, and Minnette de Silva and a Modern Architecture of the Past, on wartime heritage politics in Sri Lanka, understood through the intellectual career of one of the first women architects.

Dr Eray Çaylı

Dr Eray Çaylı (PhD UCL, 2015), studies the spatial and visual politics of violence in Turkey and beyond. Eray is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2018-21) at LSE where he also teaches at postgraduate level. His recent publication projects include special issues he has guest-edited for the International Journal of Islamic Architecture and for the Journal of Visual Culture, and the volume Architectures of Emergency in Turkey: Heritage, Displacement and Catastrophe (Bloomsbury/I.B.Tauris, 2021) he has co-edited. Eray’s first monograph is titled Victims of Commemoration: The Architecture and Violence of “Confronting the Past” in Turkey (forthcoming in 2021 from Syracuse University Press).

Dr Karen Burns

Dr Karen Burns is an architectural historian and theorist located in Melbourne, Australia. She researches histories of women and women's rights in architecture and histories of nineteenth-century design, including domesticity and settler colonialism. With Lori Brown she is co-editor of The Bloomsbury Global History of Women in Architecture, 1960-2015 (2 vols., Bloomsbury, 2022).

Prof Reinhold Martin

Reinhold Martin is Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and is a member of the Center for Comparative Media. A founding co-editor of the journal Grey Room, Martin’s books include The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space (MIT, 2003), Utopia’s Ghost: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again (Minnesota, 2010), and The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City (Minnesota, 2016). His most recent book is Knowledge Worlds: Media, Materiality, and the Making of the Modern University (Columbia University Press, 2021).

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Image: Illustration by Bronte Allan, 2020.