Hello there. I’m Simon (or Si). I’m about to complete my PhD in Architecture at the University of Manchester having previously completed both my Masters and Undergraduate in Architecture at the fabled MSA.
My research interests are broadly focused on the study of Modern Heritage. For my PhD, I sought to understand how Bauhaus architectural heritage value is produced by observing some day-to-day institutional practices at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany.
Subjects I am very much involved in include: architectural valuation, the study of archives and collections, exhibiting and representing architecture, architecture historiography, building material salvage, adaptive reuse or repurposing, and perhaps most of all, alternative ways of doing and describing architecture. I am also a keen ethnographer and draw a lot of inspiration from the world of sociology (specifically actor-network theory) when thinking and writing about architectural processes.
I tend to like to travel, having worked in architecture practices in the UK, Spain, Norway, and Nepal; while I’ve also studied and researched at the IUAV in Venice and at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
I do enjoy meeting and connecting with interesting and interested folk, so please feel free to email me if you’d like a chat over coffee (or tea).