episodes in the cultural history of shadows in architecture
Wednesday 13th October 2021
In this talk Stephen examined episodes in the little-explored cultural history of shadows in architecture based on the research that led to his book Shadow-Makers: a cultural history of shadows in architecture (Bloomsbury, 2017); a study whose narrative - combining close readings of significant buildings both ancient and modern with architectural theory and art history - reveals the key places and moments where shadows have shaped architecture in distinctive and dynamic ways. Major figures examined in the lecture include Nicholas Hawksmoor, Sir John Soane, and John Ruskin.
Stephen studied at Newcastle University and is a past chairman of this Society. Now an Emeritus Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, his research explores the history and theory of architecture, and its wider links to visual culture. His many publications include Building Ruskin's Italy: Watching architecture (2012). Currently his research examines the faces of British architecture (1840-2000).