Please join us to hear Prof Alex Bremner speak on ‘Edwardian Baroque Classicism and the Idea of Empire’.

This seminar is offered in person and on zoom by registration.

Prof Alex Bremner joined Architecture at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. He read for his PhD at the University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College), where, as a Gates Scholar, he specialised in the history and theory of Victorian architecture. Between completing his doctorate and arriving at Edinburgh, Alex was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Yale University, London). He is a recipient of both the Hawksmoor Medal (Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain) and the Founders’ Award (Society of Architectural Historians, USA) for outstanding scholarship in the field of architectural history. His monograph Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire c.1840-70 (Yale University Press/Paul Mellon Centre) received the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion for 2013 from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History (2014), the Historians of British Art Book Prize (2015), and was shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize, Royal Historical Society (2014).

Alex’s research interests include the history of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British architecture, architecture and empire, national identity and its relationship to the wider built environment, and religious architecture (particularly Anglican and Nonconformist cultures in Britain and its colonial empire during the nineteenth century). His particular interest concerns the intersection between European empire and the globalisation of architectural form, knowledge and expertise, including the nature and effects of corporate agency. He has published widely on these subjects.

Alex is currently an editorial board member of ABE Journal (Architecture Beyond Europe) and a Deputy Editor of Architectural History. He has also been an Editorial Advisory Committee member of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2015-19).