The Englishness of English Architecture
Discussion and debate exploring the national traditions of English Architecture, their origins and evidence today.
St Mary, Ottery St Mary, Devon ©Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
The photographer Edwin Smith had a fascination with the buildings of England. Pouring over the landscape and in villages, towns and cities his photographs reveal a love for built ‘Englishness’. Alongside other figures such as the famous architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner, he hit the road in the 1940s and 1950s in search of more. But what was he looking for? What are the traditions of English architecture and where did they come from? Do they still have meaning today?
Chief Executive of English Heritage Simon Thurley, historian, novelist and presenter Lucy Inglis and Nickolaus Pevsner biographer Susie Harries discuss the roots and national traditions of English Architecture and their evidence today. Chaired by Sam Jacob, director of FAT and curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014.
Part of the season of events inspired by the exhibition Ordinary Beauty: The Photography of Edwin Smith.