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Major new publication by LSBU academic retells the history of architecture

A new book by Paul Davies, LSBU Senior Lecturer in Architecture, traces the grand narrative of western architecture in a concise and accessible way
11 November 2015

An academic in London South Bank University (LSBU)’s School of The Built Environment and Architecture has published a major new book that rethinks the way that architectural history is presented.

Architectural History Retold, by Senior Lecturer in Architecture Paul Davies, is a new roadmap for the journey through architectural history. It offers a fresh take on the standard Enlightenment-driven narrative of the history of architecture, and tracks the architecture of Ancient Greece through to the present day in a highly engaging and unconventional style. The book aims to break down barriers to understanding and engagement with architecture, inspiring generations of students and budding architects who will find the book a helpful and complete guide to architectural history.

Paul Davies teaches throughout LSBU’s School of The Built Environment and Architecture on architectural history and is also a regular writer for the Architecture Review. Commenting on the book, Dr Matthew Barac, Senior Lecturer in Architecture History and Theory at LSBU, said: "This new book brilliantly addresses the demand for an alternative to the outdated, stuffy, and – for many of today’s readers – often off-putting histories of architecture that were the textbooks for previous generations. The publication combines Paul’s storytelling prowess with his scholarship and wit, offering a fact filled, gripping, and sometimes nail-biting reading experience to undergraduate students and architecture enthusiasts everywhere." 

Architectural History Retold by Paul Davies is published by Routledge, ISBN 978-1138799486.

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