The Bartlett School of Architecture

Mrs Amy Spencer

Mrs Amy Spencer

Research Assistant

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 longstanding series of volumes exploring the history of London's built environment. 

At the Survey of London, Amy has assisted with preparing a volume on Oxford Street for publication in 2020. She has also researched the Royal London Hospital and its estate for the Survey's forthcoming volumes on Whitechapel, which are expected to be published in 2022. She is currently working on the Survey’s study of South-West Marylebone.

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. There are plans to develop the thesis into a monograph in the Survey of London series, set to be published to mark UCL’s bicentenary in 2026.

Teaching summary

At the Bartlett School of Architecture, Amy teaches on the Surveying and 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.


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 subsequently completed a training placement in the Architectural Investigation team at English Heritage (now Historic England), before joining the Survey of London in 2015.