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  • Dr Elizabeth Darling

    Reader in Architectural History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483164

    Email: edarling@brookes.ac.uk

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    Elizabeth Darling works on 20th century British architectural history with a particular interest in inter-war modernism, social housing, and gender. She has published on the nature of authorship in the design process; the innovative practices of the inter-war voluntary housing sector; the housing consultant Elizabeth Denby; the relationship between citizenship and the reform of domestic space in inter-war Britain, and sexuality, domesticity and modernism in 1920s Cambridge. Her book on British architectural modernism, Re-forming Britain: Narratives of Modernity before Reconstruction, was published by Routledge in early 2007 while an edited volume (with Lesley Whitworth), Women and the Making of Built Space in England, 1870-1950 was published by Ashgate in autumn 2007. Her most recent publication is Wells Coates (RIBA Publishing, 2012). Forthcoming work includes a discussion of Modernism and the Neo-Georgian in 1930s England, and the introduction to a new edition of Elizabeth Denby's 1938 book Europe Rehoused.

    Undergraduate

    • U68001: Museums and Society
    • U68022: Art and Modernity, 1917-1939
    • U68026: Curatorial Practice
    • U68024/5: Advanced Seminar: This Changing World: Culture and Modernity in 1930s England
    • Dissertation supervision
    Current research focuses on three main areas : the link between urban renewal and social (especially child welfare) reform in the slums of Edinburgh in the early 20th century (with funding from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland); the arena in which progressive ideas about design and space were developed and disseminated in 1920s Britain, and an in-depth study of the work and life of the architect-engineer Wells Wintemute Coates, which research is supported by funding from the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art and the RIBA Research Trust.

    Books

    • Darling E, Wells Coates, RIBA Publishing, English Heritage and The Twentieth Century Society (2012)
      ISBN: 9781859464373
      Abstract
    • Darling E, Walker L, Ed., AA Women in Architecture, 1917-2017, AA Publications ()
      ISBN: 9781907896910
      Abstract

    Journal articles

    • Darling E A, 'Womanliness in the Slums: A Free Kindergarten in early-twentieth-century Edinburgh'
      Gender and History (2017) pp.359-386
      ISSN: 0953-5233 eISSN: 0953-5233
      Abstract Website
    • Darling E, 'From cockpit to domestic interior: the Great War and the architecture of Wells Coates'
      Journal of Architecture 19 (6) (2014) pp.903-922
      ISSN: 1360-2365 eISSN: 1360-2365
      Abstract Website
    • Darling E, 'Institutionalizing English Modernism: from the Vers Group to MARS'
      Architectural History 55 (-) (2012) pp.299-320
      ISSN: 0066-622X eISSN: 0066-622X
    • Darling E, 'Focus: a little magazine and architectural modernism in 1930s Britain'
      Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 3 (1) (2012) pp.39-63
      ISSN: 1947-6574 eISSN: 1947-6574
      Abstract
    • Darling E, 'Institutionalizing English Modernism 1924-33: From the Vers Group to Mars'
      Architectural History 55 (2012) pp.299-320
      ISSN: 0066-622X eISSN: 0066-622X
    • Darling E, 'Finella, Mansfield Forbes, Raymond McGrath, and modernist architecture in Britain'
      Journal of British Studies 50 (1) (2011) pp.125-155
      ISSN: 0021-9371 eISSN: 0021-9371
      Website
    • Darling E, 'Finella, Mansfield Forbes, Raymond Mcgrath, and Modernist Architecture in Britain'
      Journal of British Studies 50 (2011) pp.125-155
      ISSN: 0021-9371 eISSN: 0021-9371
    • Darling E, 'Wells Coates: maker of a modern British architecture'
      Architectural Review -London- 224 (1339) (2008) pp.82-87
      ISSN: 0003-861X eISSN: 0003-861X
      Abstract

    Book chapters

    • Darling E A, 'Class, sexuality and home in inter-war London' in Carnell, B, Campkin B, Scicluna R, Penner B (ed.), Sexuality and Gender at Home, Bloomsbury (2017)
      ISBN: 9781474239622
    • Darling E, 'Class, sexuality and home in inter-war London' in Brent Pilkey, Rachael Sciculuna, Ben Campkin, Barbara Penner (ed.), Sexuality and gender at home: Experience, politics, transgression, Bloomsbury Academic (2017)
      ISBN: 9781474239622
      Website
    • , 'A live universal language: the Georgian as motif in inter-war English Architecture' in Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar (ed.), Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, Historic England (2016)
      ISBN: 9781848022355
    • Darling E, 'A live universal language: the Georgian as motif in inter-war English Architecture' in Holder J and Darling E (ed.), Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, Historic England (2016)
      ISBN: 9781848022355
    • Darling EA, 'Scholarly Introduction' in Europe Rehoused, Routledge (2015)
      ISBN: 9780415749299
    • Darling E, ''Britain Today' at Expo 67' in Expo 67 : not just a souvenir, University of Toronto Press (2010)
      ISBN: 9780802096494
      Abstract
    • Darling E, ''The scene in which the daily drama of personal life takes place': towards the modern interior in early 1930s Britain' in Designing the modern interior: from the Victorians to today, Berg (2009)
      ISBN: 9781847882875
      Abstract

    Reviews

    • Darling E, review of Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity. Staying In, in Journal of Gender Studies 21 (2012) pp.336-338
      ISSN: 0958-9236 eISSN: 0958-9236
    • Darling E, review of Form Follows Fun: Modernism and Modernity in British Pleasure Architecture 1925-1940, in Modernism/modernity 16 (2009) pp.452-453
      ISSN: 1071-6068 eISSN: 1071-6068