The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Amy Spencer

Dr Amy Spencer

Research Fellow

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2015

Research summary

Amy Spencer is an architectural historian working on the Survey of London, the renowned and long-running series of volumes exploring the history of London's built environment. She is currently working on the Survey’s study of South-West Marylebone, which follows on from the recent volumes on South-East Marylebone. 

At the Survey of London, Amy has assisted with preparing Oxford Street for publication in 2020. She has also researched the Royal London Hospital and its estate for the Survey's volumes on Whitechapel, which were published in June 2022. Articles stemming from this research have been published in The Georgian Group Journal and The London Journal

Amy’s doctoral thesis examined the architectural history of University College London from 1825 to 1939. The thesis was completed in 2021 under the supervision of Peter Guillery and Harriet Richardson Blakeman. There are plans to develop the thesis into a volume in the Survey's occasional series of monographs, set to be published to mark the bicentenary of UCL's foundation in 2026.

Teaching summary

At the Bartlett School of Architecture, Amy teaches on the Surveying & Recording of Cities module in the MA Architecture & Historic Urban Environments. She also contributes to seminars about research methods on the MA Architectural History and the BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies. She has contributed to the UCL Introductory Programme, an online resource designed to introduce new students to UCL's history and places.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy |
Courtauld Institute of Art
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2014
University of Durham
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2013


Amy Spencer (née Smith) studied English Literature at Durham University and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She completed a training placement in the Architectural Investigation team at English Heritage (now Historic England), before joining the Survey of London in 2015.