Marcel teaches on the MA International Architectural Regeneration and Development (IARD), and the Undergraduate and MArchD programmes in Architecture. His teaching interests include the anthropology of architecture; vernacular architecture; rural architectural regeneration; tradition, culture and sustainability; and ethnographic research methods. Marcel is also a supervisor on the PhD programme.
Marcel is module leader for the following modules:
P30025: Architecture, Culture and Tradition
P30022: Vernacular Architecture, Sustainability and Development
P30381: Independent Study
He also contributes to various other undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including U30099 (Dissertation), U30006 (Architecture and Society), P30205 (Applications in Regeneration) and P30026 (Research Methods for Design).
Marcel has supervised 11 PhD students to completion and is currently the supervisor of 5 PhD students. He welcomes applications related to the anthropology of architecture, vernacular architecture and rural regeneration.
Holding a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University (the Netherlands), Marcel has extensive research and teaching experience in the fields of cultural anthropology and international vernacular architecture studies. Over the years he has taught and published on a variety of topics including vernacular architecture, the anthropology of architecture, rural architectural regeneration, Minangkabau architecture, tradition and sustainable development.
Marcel is author of Constituting Unity and Difference: Vernacular Architecture in a Minangkabau Village (KITLV Press 2004); co-author, with Paul Oliver and Alexander Bridge, of the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Routledge 2007); and co-editor, with Lindsay Asquith, of Vernacular Architecture in the 21st Century: Theory, Education and Practice (Taylor & Francis 2006) and, with Daniel Maudlin, of Consuming Architecture: On the Occupation, Appropriation and Interpretation of Buildings (Routledge 2014). Marcel is the editor of The Bazaar of Isfahan, which was originally conceived by Ali Bakhtiar, John Donat and Paul Oliver (Argumentum, 2016).
Marcel is the Editor-in-Chief of the second revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, to be published in 2018 (in print and online) by Bloomsbury Publishing. His current research project (supported by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust) focuses on the life and works of the German architect, planner and urban historian Erwin Anton Gutkind. In 2015 he curated the ‘Architecture for All: The Photography of Paul Oliver’ exhibition in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Marcel is a Director of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library, one of the world's largest collections of books, journals, theses and images focused on the vernacular architecture of the world, which is housed in the Main Library of Oxford Brookes University. He is a member of the editorial boards of Vernacular Architecture and Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. He is a member the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) and the International Vernacular Architecture Committee (CIAV) of ICOMOS. He is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
Marcel has supervised 11 PhD students to completion and is currently the supervisor of 5 PhD students.
Research group membership
Place, Culture and Identity, School of Architecture
Research grants and awards
2016: Oxford Brookes University: Research Excellence Fellowship
2016: Wenner-Gren Foundation: Historical Archives program Grant: Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library Archive
2015: The Barakat Trust, Publication Grant: The Bazaar of Isfahan.
2014: British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant: Erwin Anton Gutkind (1886-1968): Architect and Scholar
Erwin Anton Gutkind (1886-1968): Architect and Scholar. Funded by British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust.
Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
Digitisation of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL) image collection.
For more information on the MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development please visit: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-architectural-regeneration-and-development/
For more information on the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World please visit: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/pci/encyclopedia-of-vernacular-architecture.html
For more information on the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL) please visit: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/pci/poval.html
Vellinga M, Ed., The Bazaar of Isfahan, Argumentum (2016)
Maudlin D, Vellinga M, Ed., Consuming architecture: on the occupation, appropriation and interpretation of buildings, Routledge (2014)
Vellinga M, Oliver P, Bridge A, Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Routledge (2008)
Vellinga M, Ed., Vernacular Architecture in the 21st Century: Theory, Education, and Practice, Taylor and Francis (2006)
Vellinga M, Constituting Unity and Difference: Vernacular Architecture in a Minangkabau Village, Brill (2004)
Vellinga M, 'A conversation with architects: Paul Oliver and the anthropology of shelter'
Architectural Theory Review 21 (1) (2016) pp.9-26
ISSN: 1326-4826 eISSN: 1326-4826
Vellinga M, 'The noble vernacular'
Journal of Architecture 18 (4) (2013) pp.570-590
ISSN: 1360-2365 eISSN: 1360-2365
Vellinga M, 'The end of the vernacular: anthropology and the architecture of the other'
Etnofoor 23 (1) (2011) pp.171-192
ISSN: 0921-5158 eISSN: 0921-5158
Foruzanmehr A, Vellinga M, 'Vernacular architecture: questions of comfort and practicability'
Building Research and Information 39 (3) (2011) pp.274-285
ISSN: 0961-3218 eISSN: 0961-3218
Vellinga M, 'Going Beyond the Mud Hut and the Noble Vernacular: the Need for Tradition in Sustainable Development'
Space 493 (2008) pp.16-19
ISSN: 1228-2472 eISSN: 1228-2472
Vellinga M, 'Anthropology and the Materiality of Architecture'
American Ethnologist 34 (4) (2007) pp.756-766
ISSN: 0094-0496 eISSN: 0094-0496
Vellinga M, 'The inventiveness of tradition: Vernacular architecture and the future'
Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture 13 (2) (2007) pp.115-128
ISSN: 0887-9885 eISSN: 0887-9885
Van der Beek Z, Vellinga M, 'Man the collector: Salvaging Andamanese and Nicobarese culture through objects'
Journal of the History of Collections 17 (2) (2005) pp.135-153
ISSN: 0954-6650 eISSN: 0954-6650
Vellinga M, 'Anthropology and the challenges of sustainable architecture'
Anthropology Today 21 (3) (2005) pp.3-7
ISSN: 0268-540X eISSN: 0268-540X
Vellinga M, 'A family affair: The construction of vernacular Minangkabau houses'
Indonesia and the Malay World 32 (92) (2004) pp.100-118
ISSN: 1363-9811 eISSN: 1363-9811
Vellinga M, 'Drawing boundaries: Vernacular architecture and maps'
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 14 (2) (2003) pp.21-31
ISSN: 1050-2092 eISSN: 1050-2092
Vellinga M, 'Merits and limits of the biographic approach'
Archaeological Dialogues 6 (2) (1999) pp.98-101
ISSN: 1380-2038 eISSN: 1380-2038
Van der Beek Z, Vellinga M, 'The Nicobar Islands: A forgotten archipelago in the Indian Ocean'
Archiv für Völkerkunde 49 (1995) pp.471-69
ISSN: 0066-6513 eISSN: 0066-6513
Vellinga M, 'A Comfortable Home: Architecture, Migration and old Age in the Netherlands' in Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration, Routledge (2016)
Vellinga M, 'Vernacular architecture and sustainability: Two or three lessons…' in Vernacular Architecture: Towards a Sustainable Future, CRC Press, Taylor&Francis (2014)
Vellinga M, 'A “therapeutic irritant”: Bernard Rudofsky and the vernacular' in Bernard Rudofsky: Desobediencia Critica a la Modernidad, Centro Jose Guerrero (2014)
Vellinga M, ''Built to meet Needs': Paul Oliver and the study of vernacular architecture' in Correia C, Rocha S (ed.), Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture: Contributions for Sustainable Development, CRC Press (2013)
Vellinga M, 'Marked off: on taboos in architecture' in Perspecta 43 : Taboo, MIT Press (2010)
Vellinga M, 'Adjusting the popular image: diversity and dynamics in Minangkabau vernacular architecture' in Indonesian houses. Volume 2, Survey of vernacular architecture in western Indonesia, KITLV Press (2008)
Vellinga M, 'Tradition or modernity: Vulnerability, cultural choices and the vernacular' in Numan I (ed.), Medi-Triology: Coastal Settlements, Culture and Conservation in the Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Mediterranean University (2008)
Vellinga M, 'Engaging the future: Vernacular architecture studies in the 21st century' in Asquith L, Vellinga M (ed.), Vernacular Architecture in the 21st Century: Theory, Education and Practice, Taylor and Francis (2005)
Vellinga M, 'The attraction of the house: Architecture, status and ethnicity in West Sumatra' in Nas PJM, Persoon G (ed.), Framing Indonesian Realities: Essays in Symbolic Anthropology in honour of Reimar Schefold, KITLV Press (2003)
Vellinga M, 'The use of houses in a competition for status: The case of Abai Sangir' in Schefold R, Nas PJM, Domenig G (ed.), Indonesian Houses. Vol 1. Tradition and Transformation in Vernacular Architecture, KITLV Press (2003)
Vellinga M, review of Lessons From Bernard Rudofsky: Life As a Voyage, in Journal of Architecture 15 (2) (2010) pp.235-237
ISSN: 1360-2365 eISSN: 1360-2365
Vellinga M, review of Indispensable Eyesores: An Anthropology of Undesired Buildings, in American Ethnologist 37 (4) (2010) pp.856-857
ISSN: 0094-0496 eISSN: 0094-0496