Research Output per year
I am Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. My principal research area is twentieth-century architecture in Britain, in which I take a primarily social historical approach.
My most recent project has been on post-war Roman Catholic church architecture in Britain, in which I investigated the relationships between architecture (including the development of modernism), the historical changes associated with the liturgy around Vatican II, and the social aspects of parishes and urbanism in the period. The culmination of this work was my book, Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014). This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Architecture, during my previous post as Lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. I continue to publish new research in the subject, as well as working with academic networks to support wider research in the same area.
A second approach in my research is a continuing interest in creative methods in architectural design informed by cultural theory, which I have explored in several other publications.
I have also previously researched and written on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century French architecture and design, including Art Nouveau, from similar perspectives. This included a British Academy funded project on the relationship between the architect Rene Binet and the evolutionary biologist Ernst Haeckel.
I teach Architectural History and Theory on various Architecture courses in the Department, and run the MArch Research Paper (dissertation) unit. I also supervise dissertations on the MSc course in Conservation of Historic Buildings. I have supervised several PhD students to completion and examined others; see below for further details. Please get in touch with me directly at an early stage if you are interested in beginning a PhD.
Willing to supervise PhD
If you are a prospective student, you are welcome to contact me directly to discuss your interests, and if appropriate I can give advice on your application. I am able to supervise PhDs in a broad range of subjects in Architectural History and Theory, but I especially welcome anyone interested in the following subjects:
- twentieth century architecture;
- architecture, religion and society;
- commerce, economics and buildings;
- nineteenth century architecture.
Previous PhD topics supervised to completion include mid-twentieth century housing in British new towns, and Scottish town halls since the early nineteenth century.
Education / Academic qualification
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh
External Examiner for Architectural History, University of Edinburgh1 Oct 2017 → …
Designing the suburban church: the mid twentieth-century Roman Catholic churches of Reynolds & ScottProctor, R. 6 May 2017 In : Journal of Historical Geography. 56, p. 113-133 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Thesis › Doctoral Thesis
Book review: Saint John’s Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space. Victoria M. Young. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014)Proctor, R. 6 Apr 2016 Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, 11, 4, p. 567-568 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Book/Film/Article review