Elizabeth McKellar is an architectural historian specialising in seventeenth and eighteenth-century 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. 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 which is to be published to be published by Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in October 2013. She also writes regularly on architectural and design historiography particularly that of the late nineteenth and twentieth century. She is currently researching histories and perceptions of Neo-Georgian architecture and design and is one of the co-editors of a forthcoming international volume on the subject. She has previously held posts at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Birkbeck College.
Elizabeth McKellar has supervised a number of research students and particularly welcomes applications in the areas of: architectural history - especially British and early modern; urban history; and British eighteenth-century cultural history.
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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‘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
‘The City and the Country: the London vernacular in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century’, in Neil Burton (ed.), Georgian Vernacular, (The Georgian Group, 1996), 10-18
‘Architectural History: The Invisible Subject’, The Architecture Journal, 1:2, 1996, 159-64
Teaching contributions to Open University courses include a section on Pugin for AA100 The Arts Past and Present, a chapter on the contemporary presentation of Blenheim Palace to AD281 Understanding Global Heritage, as well as a section on ‘The Metropolitan Urban Renaissance: London 1660-1760’ for course A226 Exploring Art and Visual Culture.
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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