Elizabeth McKellar is an architectural historian specialising in British architecture and culture. She has a particular interest in London’s history and buildings and was a member of the Editorial Committee of the London Journal from 2000-2010 and Historic England's London Advisory Committee (2011-17). She received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2011-12 to complete her book Landscapes of London: the City, the Country, and the Suburbs 1660-1840 (2013) which was published by Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and won the Society of Architectural Historians (US) Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award in 2017. She also writes regularly on architectural and design historiography particularly that of the late nineteenth and twentieth century, the theme of her contributions to Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal (2016) which she co-edited with Julian Holder. She is currently writing a cultural biography of the architectural historian Sir John Summerson for which she was awarded a Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship for 2018-219. She has previously held posts at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Birkbeck College.
Elizabeth McKellar has supervised a number of research students and particularly welcomes applications in the area of architectural history - especially British architecture; urban history; and British eighteenth and twentieth century cultural history.
Landscapes of London: the City, the Country, and the Suburbs 1660-1840, (Yale University Press & Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2013)
The Birth of Modern London: the development and design of the city, 1660-1720, (Manchester University Press, 1999)
Co-editor with Barbara Arciszewska, Articulating British Classicism: New Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Architecture, Aldershot & Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2004
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Co-editor with Julian Holder, Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, (Historic England Publishing, 2016)
‘Georgian London before Georgian London: Beresford Chancellor, Rasmussen and “The true and sad story of the Regent’s Street”’, in J. Holder & E. McKellar eds., Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, Swindon, Historic England Publishing, 2016, 36-51.
‘The Villa: Ideal Type or Vernacular Variant?’ in, P. Guillery ed., Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular, Routledge, London, 2010, pp. 49-72.
‘C. H. B. Quennell (1872-1935): Architecture, History and the Quest for the Modern’, Architectural History: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 50, 2007, 211-46
‘Representing the Georgian: Constructing Interiors in Early Twentieth Century Publications, 1890-1930’, Journal of Design History, 20:4, 2007, 325-44
‘Popularism versus professionalism: John Summerson and the twentieth-century creation of the “Georgian”’, in Barbara Arciszewska and Elizabeth McKellar (eds), Articulating British Classicism: New Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Architecture, (Ashgate, 2004), 35-56
‘Peripheral Visions: alternative aspects and rural presences in mid-eighteenth century London’, Art History, 22:4, 1999, 495-513
‘Architectural History: The Invisible Subject’, The Architecture Journal, 1:2, 1996, 159-64
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Elizabeth McKellar is a Co-Investigator as part of a research team from the Design and Art History Groups at the OU on the ‘Empowering Design Practices: transforming places of worship into inclusive and sustainable places’ 2014-20 Project. It is funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities and Design’ Highlight Notice (£1,5 million) in collaboration with Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Wright & Wright Architects, The Glasshouse Architects.
|Material Cultures Research Group||Group||Faculty of Arts|
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Empowering Design Practices is a five-year research project exploring historic places of worship and their potential as community resources. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and includes the following partners: The Open University, Historic England, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Glass-House Community Led Design. Through this collaboration, the project aims to explore how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance the heritage. The project also aims to build national capacity for community-led design practice by developing open educational resources and training for design students, communities, as well as the professionals and support bodies who work with them. More information: http://empoweringdesign.net