Dr Matthew Wells


I am an architectural historian who works on the relationships between representational techniques, technology, and professionalism. I did my doctoral work at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art, where my thesis explored how architects thought about and used models during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The thesis was awarded the Theodor-Fischer-Preis (2019) and commended in the RIBA President's Awards for Research (2017). Currently I am working on three books: one a monograph based on his doctoral research; another on the cultural history of the survey drawing (forthcoming with MIT Press in Spring 2021); and the third on the standardisation of the built environment through technology, bureaucracy, and media in nineteenth-century Britain and its global territories.

I studied architecture in Liverpool and London and worked as architect in the offices of Patrick Lynch (2010-12) and Eric Parry (2014-15). I received my Masters in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute (2014) for a dissertation on Italian Renaissance architectural drawings.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture


  • PhD, Royal College of Art
  • MA, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • PG Dip (RIBA Part 3), University of Westminster
  • MArch, London Metropolitan University
  • BA, University of Liverpool

Teaching and learning

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