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Dr Patricia Lara-Betancourt

Researcher

About

I am a researcher and member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre since 2008, where I support the Centre's research and activities including co-convening the Centre's annual conference. In 2009 I was awarded a PhD (KU) for my research into late Victorian and Edwardian middle-class domestic interiors, titled Conflicting Modernities? Arts and Crafts and Commercial Influences in the Furnishing and Decoration of the Middle-Class Home, 1890-1914. The research paid particular attention to the impact the retail industry, and the design reform discourse contesting it, had in shaping ideal notions of domestic furnishing and decoration. Through the analysis of varied representations of domestic interiors, the study revealed a complex and opposing set of demands and expectations from the spheres of art and industry. It also showed how the tensions between them influenced the way Arts and Crafts designers and commercial firms expressed the modernity of the domestic interior, closely linked to notions of class, gender and national identities.

I have a first degree in History (1989) from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) where I worked from 1990 to 1996. I also have a Master's degree (1997) in Colombian and Latin American History from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogota). My 60,000-word dissertation on the nineteenth century drawing room in Santa Fe de Bogota charted the transformation of this domestic space's visual and material culture throughout the century. Based on this research I published three journal articles.

My most recent publications include ‘Displaying Dreams: Model Interiors in the London Department Store, 1890-1914' in my co-edited volume Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail (Routledge 2017) with A Lasc and M Maile Petty, ‘The Quest for Modernity: A Global/National Approach to a History of Design in Latin America' in Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in the Age of Globalization (Berghahn, 2016) and 'Republican Homes: Modern Flows in Domestic Architecture in Santa Fé de Bogotá, 1820-1900' in my forthcoming co-edited volume Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity (Routledge 2018) with P Sparke, P Brown, G Lee and M Taylor.

Previous publications include Seductive Discourses: Design Advice for the Home, a special issue of Interiors: Design Architecture Culture (Vol 5 Issue 2, July 2014) co-edited with E Ferry, and the book Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today (Berg 2011) co-edited with F Fisher, T Keeble and B Martin.

Areas of specialism

  • Interior design history
  • Latin American design history
  • Visual, material and spatial culture of the modern domestic and public interior
  • Design and decoration of British domestic and retail space (1890-1920) and Latin American domestic interiors (1800-1930)

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA
  • International Baccalaureate

Professional membership

Design History Society (joined 2003) 

Research

Within the field of modern interiors and design history, my research focuses on the themes of modernity, representation and identity. 

Publications

Number of items: 47.

Article

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia [Reviewer] (2016) Book review of: ' The urban department store in America, 1850-1930 ' by Louisa Iarocci. Journal of Design History, ISSN (print) 0952-4649 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia and Hardy, Emma (2014) Seductive discourses: design advice for the home - an introduction. Interiors: Design Architecture Culture, 5(2), pp. 131-139. ISSN (print) 2041-9112

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2011) Book review of 'Historia del diseno en America Latina y el Caribe: industrializacion y comunicacion visual para la autonomia' by Silvia Fernandez and Gui Bonsiepe (eds.). West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, 18(2), pp. 260-264. ISSN (print) 2153-5531

Lara Betancourt, Patricia (2000) La sala domestica en Santa Fe de Bogota. Siglo XIX el decorado: la sala barroca. Historia Critica(20), pp. 93-111. ISSN (print) 0121-1617

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (1998) La sala domestica en Santa fe de Bogota Siglo XIX: arquitectura domestica: lenguajes colonial y republicano. Memoria y Sociedad, 3(5), pp. 53-75. ISSN (print) 0122-5197

Lara Betancourt, Patricia (1998) La sala domestica en Santafe de Bogota, Siglo XIX el decorado de la sala romantica: gusto europeo y esnobismo. Anuario Colombiano de Historia Social y de la Cultura(25), pp. 109-134. ISSN (print) 0120-2456

Book

Fisher, Fiona , Lara-Betancourt, Patricia , Keeble, Trevor and Martin, Brenda, eds. (2011) Performance, fashion and the modern interior: from the Victorians to today. Oxford, U.K. : Berg. 352p. ISBN 9781847887818

Book Section

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Ambasz, Emilio (1943-). In: Edwards, Clive , Atkinson, Harriet , Bhagat, Dipti , Kettley, Sarah , O'Brien, Sorcha , Raizman, David and Willis, Anne-Marie, (eds.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 37-38. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Arauz de Pirovano, Celina (1915-2010). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 47-47. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Baillie Scott, Mackay Hugh (1865–1945). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 120-121. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Beltran, Felix (1938-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 158-158. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Bo Bardi, Lina (1914-1992). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 179-179. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Bonsiepe, Gui (1934-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 181-181. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Cadovius, Poul (1911-2011). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 209-210. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Campana Brothers: Fernando (1961-) and Humberto (1953-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 212-212. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Churba, Alberto (1932-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 244-245. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) De La Renta, Oscar (1932-2014). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 340-341. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) De Wolfe, Elsie (1865-1950). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 346-347. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Ferrari-Hardoy, Jorge (1914-1977). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 14-14. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Garrett, Rhoda (1841–1882) & Agnes (1845–1935). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 71-71. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Graz, John (1891-1980). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 114-114. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Laplace, Luis (1969-). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 310-310. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Maugham, Syrie (1879-1955). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 361-362. ISBN 9781472521552

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Porset, Clara (1895-1981). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 71-71. ISBN 9781472521569

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Putman, Andrée (1925-2013). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 125-126. ISBN 9781472521545

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Rodrigues, Sergio (1927-2014). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 166-167. ISBN 9781472521569

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Royére, Jean (1902–1981). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 177-177. ISBN 9781472521569

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Tenreiro, Joaquim (1906-1992). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 314-314. ISBN 9781472521569

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) Wanders, Marcel (1963 - ). In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) The Bloomsbury encyclopedia of design. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 404-406. ISBN 9781472521569

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2016) The quest for modernity : a global/national approach to a history of design in Latin America. In: Lees-Maffei, Grace and Fallan, Kjetil, (eds.) Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in the Age of Globalization. Oxford, U.K. : Berghann Books. (Making Sense of History, no. 24) ISBN 9781785331558 (In Press)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2013) Contesting the modernity of domestic space: design reform and the middle class home, 1890-1914. In: Kilickiran, Didem , Alegria, Christina and Haddrell, Carl, (eds.) Space and place: exploring critical issues. Oxford, U.K. : Inter-Disciplinary Press. ISBN 9781848882362

Kirkham, Patricia, Lara-Betancourt, Patricia, Larsen, Christian. A and Perez, Jorge F. Rivas (2013) Latin America 1830-1900. In: Kirkham, Pat and Weber, Susan, (eds.) History of design: decorative arts and material culture, 1400-2000. New York, U.S.A., New Haven U.S.A. and London, U.K. : Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture: Yale University Press. pp. 456-463. ISBN 9780300196146

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2011) Introduction: 1970 - Present. In: Fisher, Fiona , Lara-Betancourt, Patricia , Keeble, Trevor and Martin, Brenda, (eds.) Performance, fashion and the modern interior: from the Victorians to today. London, U.K. : Berg. pp. 199-205. ISBN 9781847887825

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (1994) Semiotica de los objetos: una propuesta de investigacion historica. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Tiempos Breves II: ensayos de estudiantes de la Maestria en Historia cuarta promocion (1991-1992). Santafe de Bogota, Colombia : Universidad Nacional de Colombia. pp. 15-19. (Cuadernos de Trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, no. 7) ISBN 9586280918

Conference or Workshop Item

Arana López, Gladys Noemí [Organizer of meeting] and Lara-Betancourt, Patricia [Organizer of meeting] (2015) De puertas abiertas: interiores y cultura material de la vivienda latinoamericana. [Open doors: domestic interiors and material culture in Latin America]. In: 55 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas [55th International Congress of Americanists]; 12-17 Jul 2015, San Salvador, El Salvador. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2015) European or national? Latin American domestic interiors, 1870-1930. In: 55 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas [55th International Congress of Americanists]; 12-17 Jul 2015, San Salvador, El Salvador. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia and Arana, Gladys (2015) 'Ideas, Temas, Recursos y Métodos para el Estudio del Espacio Interior Doméstico' (Ideas, Themes, Resources and Methodologies in the Study of the Domestic Interior in Mexico). In: 'Semana de la Arquitectura' ('Architect's Week'); 19-23 September 2015, Facultad de Architectura, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, México. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2015) London’s West End Department Stores: Whiteleys, Harrods and Waring & Gillows. In: 2015 DHS CONFERENCE; Sep 2015, San Francisco, CA, USA. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia [Organizer of meeting] and Rezende, Livia [Organizer of meeting] (2015) Making autonomy: Design, material and visual culture in Latin America. In: Society for Latin American Studies Conference 2015: Autonomy; 17-18 Apr 2015, Aberdeen, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2015) Perspectivas de Investigacion sobre el Interior Moderno. In: ‘Semana de la Arquitectura’ ('Architecture's Week'); 19 - 23 Sep 2015, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2015) Visions of design autonomy in Latin America: the work and ideas of Gui Bonsiepe and Victor Papanek. In: "How We Live, and How We Might Live": Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism; 10-13 Sep 2015,, San Francisco, California, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2014) Displaying dreams: model interiors in the London store, 1890-1914. In: Society of Architectural Historians 67th Annual Conference; 09-13 Apr 2014, Austin, Texas, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2013) Advice literature as design reform discourse. In: Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home - Seminar; 31 January 2013, Geffrye Museum, London, UK. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2013) Nuevas perspectivas de investigacion sobre el diseno de interiores [A discussion of recent historical research on the designed interior]. In: III Seminario de Mobiliario y Decoracion de Interiores (III Seminar on Furniture and Interior Decoration); 30 Sep 2013, Madrid, Spain. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2013) What boundaries? Design history in Latin America. In: 'Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives; 5-8 Sep 2013, Ahmedabad, India. (Unpublished)

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2012) 'Contesting the modernity of domestic space: Arts & Crafts and commercial influences in the furnishing and decoration of the British middle-Class home, 1890-1914'. In: 3rd Global Conference Space and Place; 3-6 Sep 2012, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK. (Unpublished)

Thesis

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia (2008) Conflicting modernities? Arts and crafts and commercial influences in the decoration of the middle-class home 1890-1914. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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