Steve Parnell

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

Steve Parnell

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom


I'm an architect, architectural critic, and lecturer at Newcastle University.

I am interested in the sociology of the architectural profession and particularly the role that the media play in it. I also like computers. And concrete.

2012 was a good year:

My PhD, "Architectural Design 1954-1972: the contribution of the architectural magazine to the writing of architectural history" won the 2012 RIBA President's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis.

I also exhibited "Architecture Magazines: Playgrounds and Battlegrounds" in the Padiglione Centrale of the 2012 Venice Biennale. This featured AD, AR, Casabella, and Domus magazines from the 1940s to the 1970s and an 11m long network of relationships of key individuals and institutions related to these London and Milanese magazines.

I am currently extending my PhD research to the Papadakis years (1977-1992) thanks to a RIBA Research Trust Award. I then hope to publish a full critical history of AD from its inception in 1930 up to 1992.

I've previously taught Architectural History & Theory to Diploma/MArch students at The Bartlett, Sheffield University, Nottingham University, and London Metropolitan University (CASS) and I regularly contribute to the architectural press.

In a previous career, I designed and launched NavisWorks.

  • Work
    • University of Newcastle
  • Education
    • University of Sheffield
    • University of Oxford