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Professor Elizabeth McKellar

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Architectural and Design History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Art History
  • elizabeth.mckellar

Professional biography

Elizabeth McKellar is an architectural historian specialising in British architecture and culture. She has a particular interest in London’s history and buildings and was a member of the Editorial Committee of the London Journal from 2000-2010 and Historic England's London Advisory Committee (2011-17). She received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2011-12 to complete her book Landscapes of London: the City, the Country, and the Suburbs 1660-1840 (2013) which was published by Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and won the Society of Architectural Historians (US) Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award in 2017. She also writes regularly on architectural and design historiography particularly that of the late nineteenth and twentieth century, the theme of her contributions to Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal (2016) which she co-edited with Julian Holder. She is currently writing a biography of the architectural historian Sir John Summerson. She has previously held posts at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Birkbeck College.

Research interests

Elizabeth McKellar has supervised a number of research students and particularly welcomes applications in the area of architectural history - especially British architecture; urban history; and British eighteenth and twentieth century cultural history.

Selected Publications

Books

Landscapes of London: the City, the Country, and the Suburbs 1660-1840, (Yale University Press & Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2013)

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The Birth of Modern London: the development and design of the city, 1660-1720, (Manchester University Press, 1999)

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Co-editor with Barbara Arciszewska, Articulating British Classicism: New Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Architecture, Aldershot & Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2004
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Co-editor with Julian Holder, Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, (Historic England Publishing, 2016)

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Articles

‘Writing the New Urbanism: Architecture and Guidebooks to London and Paris, c. 1650-1750’, in Dana Arnold & Jean-Louis Cohen eds. Paris-Londres, Infolio & Institute nationale d’historie de l’art, Paris, 2016, 15-69.

‘Georgian London before Georgian London: Beresford Chancellor, Rasmussen and “The true and sad story of the Regent’s Street”’, in J. Holder & E. McKellar eds., Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, Swindon, Historic England Publishing, 2016, 36-51.

 ‘The Villa: Ideal Type or Vernacular Variant?’ in, P. Guillery ed., Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular, Routledge, London, 2010, pp. 49-72. 

‘C. H. B. Quennell (1872-1935): Architecture, History and the Quest for the Modern’, Architectural History: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 50, 2007, 211-46

‘Representing the Georgian: Constructing Interiors in Early Twentieth Century Publications, 1890-1930’, Journal of Design History, 20:4, 2007, 325-44

‘Popularism versus professionalism: John Summerson and the twentieth-century creation of the “Georgian”’, in Barbara Arciszewska and Elizabeth McKellar (eds), Articulating British Classicism: New Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Architecture, (Ashgate, 2004), 35-56

‘Peripheral Visions: alternative aspects and rural presences in mid-eighteenth century London’, Art History, 22:4, 1999, 495-513

‘Architectural History: The Invisible Subject’, The Architecture Journal, 1:2, 1996, 159-64

Teaching interests

Teaching contributions to Open University courses include: .

  • ‘Pugin’s Writings’, in C. Price ed., Tradition and Dissent, OU, 2008, pp.119-28, for course AA1000 Art and its Audiences.
  • ‘St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham’ DVD 1 x 20 minute film, for course AA1000 Art and its Audiences.
  •  ‘Blenheim Palace: Reading “the Duke of Marlborough in story”’, in S. West ed., Interpreting Global Heritage, Manchester University Press, 2010, pp. 180-204, for course AD281 Understanding Global Heritage.
  • ‘The Metropolitan Urban Renaissance: London 1660-1760’, in E. Barker ed. 'Art and Visual Culture 1650-1820: Academy to Avant-Garde', London, Tate Publishing, 2012, pp.101-140 for course A226 Art and Visual Culture.
  • ‘Urban Form in Spitalfields’, DVD 3 x 20 minute films, for course A226 Exploring Art and Visual Culture, 2012.
  • A844 MA in Art History, Part Two, Chair online module in production
  • Author Block 1, Section 3: ‘Conservation Challenges: Tall Buildings and the London Skyline’
  • Editor Block 3 ‘Inhabiting Space’ and author Block Introduction
  • Author Block 3, Section 2: ‘Urban Space: Eighteenth-Century London & Nineteenth-Century Paris’
  • A344 'Art and its Global Histories'
  • Author of Chapter 4 of Book 2, ‘TTransatlantic architecture: classicism, colonialism and race’ 
  • Author of Chapter 4 of Book 3,  ‘IBuilding the British imperial world 1900–1939: the architecture of New Delhi’ 

External collaborations

Elizabeth McKellar is a Co-Investigator as part of a research team from the Design and Art History Groups at the OU on the ‘Empowering Design Practices: transforming places of worship into inclusive and sustainable places’ 2014-20 Project.  It is funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities and Design’ Highlight Notice (£1,5 million) in collaboration with Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Wright & Wright Architects, The Glasshouse Architects.

 

 

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Material Cultures Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

 

Externally funded projects

Connected Communities & Design Highlight: Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201430/Sep/2019AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Empowering Design Practices is a five-year research project exploring historic places of worship and their potential as community resources. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and includes the following partners: The Open University, Historic England, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Glass-House Community Led Design. Through this collaboration, the project aims to explore how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance the heritage. The project also aims to build national capacity for community-led design practice by developing open educational resources and training for design students, communities, as well as the professionals and support bodies who work with them. More information: http://empoweringdesign.net

Publications

Tales of two cities: architecture, print and early guidebooksto Paris and London (2013-07-05)
McKellar, Elizabeth
Humanities, 2(3) (pp. 328-350)
Tall buildings in the London landscape (2008)
Hebbert, Michael and McKellar, Elizabeth
The London Journal, 33(3) (pp. 199-200)
Representing the Georgian interior in the Early Twentieth Century, 1890-1930 (2007)
McKellar, Elizabeth
Journal of Design History, 20(4) (pp. 325-344)
C.H.B. Quennell (1872-1935): architecture, history and the quest for the modern (2007)
McKellar, Elizabeth
Architectural History, 50 (pp. 211-246)
Peripheral Visions: Alternative aspects and rural presences in mid-eighteenth-century London (1999)
McKellar, Elizabeth
Art History, 22(4) (pp. 495-513)
'Architectural History: The Invisible Subject' in The Architecture Journal (1996)
McKellar, Elizabeth
Journal of Architecture, 1(22) (pp. 159-164)
Landscapes of London: the City, the Country and the Suburbs, 1660-1840 (2013-12-03)
McKellar, Elizabeth
ISBN : 9780300109139 | Publisher : Yale University Press | Published : New Haven
Russell Square: a lifelong resource for teaching and learning (2005)
Clarke, Richard; McKellar, Elizabeth and Symes, Michael
Clarke, Richard; McKellar, Elizabeth and Symes, Michael eds.
Birkbeck FCE Occasional paper
ISBN : 907904238 | Publisher : Centre for European Protected Area Research (CEPAR), Birkbeck, University of London | Published : London
Articulating British classicism: New approaches in Eighteenth Century architecture (2004-08)
Arciszewska, Barbara and McKellar, Elizabeth
Reinterpreting classicism: culture, reaction and appropriation
ISBN : 754637352 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
The birth of modern London: The development and design of the city 1660-1720 (1999)
McKellar, Elizabeth
ISBN : 0 7190 4076 0 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester, UK
Writing the New Urbanism: Architecture and Guidebooks to London and Paris, c.1650-1730 (2016)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: Arnold, Dana and Cohen, Jean-Louis eds. Paris-Londres (pp. 15-69)
ISBN : 9782884746304 | Publisher : INHA & Infolio | Published : Paris
Chapter 1: Introduction: reappraising the Neo-Georgian (2016)
McKellar, Elizabeth and Holder, Julian
In: McKellar, Elizabeth and Holder, Julian eds. Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal (pp. 1-12)
ISBN : 978-1-84802-235-5 | Publisher : Historic England | Published : Swindon, UK
Georgian London before 'Georgian London': Beresford Chancellor, Rasmussen and the 'The true and sad story of Regent's Street (2016)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: McKellar, Elizabeth and Holder, Julian eds. Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal (pp. 38-51)
ISBN : 978-1-84802-235-5 | Publisher : Historic England | Published : Swindon, UK
The villa: ideal type or vernacular variant? (2011)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: Guillery, Peter ed. Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular (pp. 49-72)
ISBN : 978-0-415-56532-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
The suburban villa tradition in seventeenth and eighteenth-century London (2009)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: Arciszewska, Barbara ed. The Baroque Villa: Suburban and Country Residencies c.1600-1800 (pp. 197-208)
ISBN : 978-8360959-76-3 | Publisher : Wilanow Palace Museum | Published : Warsaw
Popularism versus professionalism: John Summerson and the 20th-century creation of the 'Georgian' (2004-08-31)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: Arciszewska, Barbara and McKellar, Elizabeth eds. Articulating British classicism: new approaches in Eighteenth-Century architecture. Reinterpreting Classicism: Culture, Reaction and Appropriation (pp. 35-56)
ISBN : 0-7546-3735-2 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
Peripheral Visions: Alternative aspects and rural presences in mid-eighteenth century London (1999)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: Arnold, Dana ed. The Metropolis and its images: Constructing Identities for London, c. 1750-1950 (pp. 29-47)
ISBN : 0 631 21667 7 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford, UK
The city and the country: the London vernacular in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century (1996)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In: Burton, Neil ed. Georgian Vernacular (pp. 10-18)
ISBN : 951746170 | Publisher : The Georgian Group | Published : London
Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal (2016)
McKellar, Elizabeth and Holder, Julian eds.
ISBN : 978-1-84802-235-5 | Publisher : Historic England | Published : Swindon, UK
Defining the Boundaries of London: Perambulation and the City in the Long Eighteenth Century (2014)
McKellar, Elizabeth
In : European Architectural History Network Conference (19-21 Jun 2014, Turin, Italy) (pp. 437-447)
Charles and Marjorie Quennell (2011)
McKellar, Elizabeth
Oxford University
Special Issue of the London Journal: Tall Buildings in the London Landscape (2008-11)
McKellar, Elizabeth and Hebbert, Michael
Maney Publishing, UK.

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