The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Eva Branscome

Dr Eva Branscome

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2011

Research summary

Eva Branscome's research interests include:

  • Modern architecture in Europe
  • Post-war avant-garde in Austrian and German architecture and art
  • Historic urban environments and their tangible and intangible heritage
  • Cities as complex cultural constructions
  • Migration of ideas and people and how this is readable within the urban fabric
  • Domesticity
  • Museums, exhibition design and curatorial practice
  • Photography as a medium between architecture and culture
  • Renegade urban art forms such as street art
  • Media related to architecture and cities

See documentary on current research:

Episode 1: http://www.lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/alles_ist_architektur?nav_id=6320
Episode 2: http://www.lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/kunst_im_deutschen_manchester?nav_id=6321
Episode 3: http://www.lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/die_inneren_werte?nav_id=6322
Episode 4: http://www.lisa.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/das_generalinterview_mit_dr._eva_branscome?nav_id=6323

Teaching summary

Eva Branscome has been teaching at the Bartlett School of Architecture since 2015 in several capacities. For the BSA’s professional courses, this includes running History and Theory tutorial groups in the BSc Architecture (Year 1,Year 2 & Year 3) and MArch Architecture (Year 4), as well as supervising some MArch Architecture (Year 5) theses. For the non-professional courses, she has led field visits/seminars for the MA Architectural History (MAAH), and is the heritage and theory leader on the MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments (MAHUE) teaching the introductory module, as well as supervising several design-based MAHUE Theses.


Currently she is also Departmental Tutor for the BSc Hons Architecture course.

Prior to teaching at the Bartlett Eva Branscome had also been running and teaching modules in the UCL History of Art Department, namely Architecture and Modernity: Urban Spaces – Urban Living, as well as Architecture, Photography and the Twentieth Century City, and the Thematic Seminar: Art and the City.


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow |
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1999
University of North Carolina
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1991


Dr Eva Branscome’s research and teaching work has two main strands. The first engages with the links between built heritage and cultural practices in contemporary Western cities, notably in terms of the historical development of formal methods of artistic display in cultural institutions, galleries and within public space, and the contrasting values expressed by counter-cultural actions and street art. Originally trained as an interior architect, Eva received first her Master’s degree and then her PhD in Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture. She is also a photographer who is particularly interested in the photographic recording of the everyday urban realm.

These research and teaching topics intersect with her extensive knowledge of and experience in British architectural heritage, having spent nearly a decade as a caseworker for the Twentieth Century Society. This placed her at the forefront of determining the future preservation of the ‘modern historic’ environment in Britain, with around 50 buildings (including the Barbican and Lloyd’s Building) now under historic protection following her successful applications for statutory listing.

Eva’s second strand of expertise is in the 19th- and 20th-century architectural history of Central Europe, focussing upon Austria and other regions in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Here her work concentrates particularly on the intersections of architecture and media, such as exhibitions, publications and photography, as well as on museum architecture as a cultural and urban hinge and driver for regeneration. She has been involved in exhibitions at the MAK Gallery in Vienna, the ICA in London and the Museum Abteiberg in Germany as a researcher and co-curator.

Apart from the Bartlett School of Architecture, Eva has taught Architectural History and Theory at the UCL History of Art Department, Queen Mary University’s History Department, and at the schools of architecture at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Westminster.