1 April 2014

Reader in Architecture receives British Academy / Leverhulme Trust research grant

Paul Oliver awarded honorary membership by the Architectural Association

Dr Marcel Vellinga, Reader in Anthropology of Architecture and a member of the Place, Culture and Identity research group in the School of Architecture, has been awarded a British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant.

The grant will allow Dr Vellinga to analyse the academic output of the German architect and urban historian Erwin Anton Gutkind (1886-1968).

Involving original archival research, the project will provide an insight into the legacy of a prolific and influential, yet neglected architectural scholar. It will help to shed light on our more general understanding of the research topics that Gutkind engaged with, including mass housing, post-war reconstruction, the environment and urban growth; topics that are of great relevance in this time of unprecedented environmental challenges and urban growth.

Dr Vellinga said ‘As a practicing architect and author, Gutkind engaged with many of the key architectural concerns of the twentieth century, including mass housing, post-war reconstruction, environmental design and urban growth. This project will attempt to identify the factors that influenced Gutkind’s writings and aims to position them in the context of both his earlier architectural designs and contemporary and subsequent scholarship.’

For further information please visit the The Place, Culture and Identity group website.