John Stevenson

Associate Lecturer


Formerly Head of the School of Architecture, and Director of the RIBA Office-based Examination, John is a graduate of the AA School of Architecture in London, he is a registered architect and a member of the RIBA.

Before studying architecture, John completed a foundation course in art and design, and taught maths and science in the Northern Region of Ghana, West Africa under the Voluntary Overseas Service programme.

John recently celebrated 30 years of teaching at the Oxford School of Architecture having begun his teaching career on 1 day/week in First Year design studio. He has led and managed both the RIBA Validated undergraduate and graduate architecture programmes and the RIBA Office-based Examination. The primary focus of John's teaching was design-studio, where he helped to develop the ‘Unit’ system, and he went on to become Head of Design. He also taught at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium studio in Washington DC, and he was an associate Visiting Professor at Stanford University. John developed and led the Architecture and Urban Design Summer School (founded by Philip Opher), for the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin.

In 2002 John secured the contract to run the RIBA's Office-based Examination at Part 1 and Part 2 from the School of Architecture in Oxford. This unique programme enables candidates from all over the UK and Europe to acquire professional qualifications in architecture whilst remaining in full-time supervised architectural practice.

John's professional architectural experience ranged from social and accessible housing, to married quarters for the RAF in Gibraltar, and accommodation for offshore oil-rigs. In London he worked for Design Syndicate and R.J. Lattimore and Associates in London, where he then founded Bradley and Stevenson Associates, with Michael Bradley, who now teaches at Middlesex University. In Oxford, John received the highest award from the Oxford Preservation Trust Environmental Awards Panel, for his interpretation, restoration and extension to Corpus Christi Farmhouse in Oxford.

Consultancy expertise:

John's research interests are in the relationship between art and architecture, and between architecture and memory, with specific reference to the cities of Oxford and Berlin.

John is currently External Examiner at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, in Alexandria and in Cairo, examining the RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 elements of the BSc and MSc Architectural and Environmental Engineering programmes. He was previously External Examiner for the RIBA Part 1 Architecture programme at the Leicester School of Architecture in the UK, an External Examiner for Architectural Engineering at the Modern Arts and Sciences University in Cairo, and a member of the RIBA Validation Panel.

Outside of the University, John has served as non-remunerated Director of Magdalen Road Artists Studios, and represented the University on the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board. He currently represents the University on the Oxford Preservation Trust Heritage Committee and the Environmental Awards Committee. John is also a Trustee of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL).

Recent publications and conference papers:

RIBA Examination in Architecture for Office-based Candidates: a unique and flexible alternative, in: Bairstow, A. and Roaf, S (2008) The Oxford Conference – a re-evaluation of education in Architecture WIT press UK.

Work of the School of Architecture

Each year the School of Architecture publishes a 'year-book' which showcases student work across the undergraduate, graduate and masters level and office-based programmes, which describes the ambitious nature of architectural enquiry being conducted here in Oxford.

John Stevenson


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP