Reader in Architecture to be editor-in-chief of prestigious encyclopedia

Monday, 02 February 2015

Paul Oliver vernacular building

Dr Marcel Vellinga, has been commissioned by Bloomsbury Publishing to be the Editor-in-Chief of a second, revised and updated version of the award winning Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World.

Dr Vellinga, Reader in Anthropology of Architecture and a member of the Place, Culture and Identity research group in the School of Architecture, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been offered this opportunity. The ‘Encyclopediaof Vernacular Architecture of the World’ is a truly outstanding and monumentaldocumentation of vernacular architecture of the world.

“The second edition provides not only an opportunity to revise, updateand expand on the existing contents; it also allows this unique resource to beavailable online to students, scholars and professionals all around the world.”

The Encyclopedia is the unrivalled standard reference work in the field of vernacular architecture, comprising a comprehensive and in-depth overview of what is known about the traditional, popular and indigenous architectures of the world, both in terms of the documentation of culture and place-specific traditions and the academic approaches to its study in general.  The first edition of the work was edited by Professor Paul Oliver, also of Oxford Brookes University, and published in 1997. It was awarded the prestigious Sir Bannister Fletcher Award for Art and Architecture.

The second edition provides not only an opportunity to revise, update and expand on the existing contents; it also allows this unique resource to be available online to students, scholars and professionals

Dr Marcel Vellinga, Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture

The second edition of the Encyclopedia will be published online as part of the Bloomsbury Architecture Library, as well as in six printed volumes. Dr Vellinga will lead a multi-disciplinary editorial team of 15 internationally leading scholars from around the world. The work is estimated to contain contributions by over 900 authors from over 80 countries. It will comprise 2.1 million words and more than 3,000 illustrations, including state of the art 3D visualisations. It will be published in November 2018.

More information about the School of Architecture can be found on the website.

Image: An example of vernacular buildings in Trullo, Italy 
Picture credit: Paul Oliver