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Dr Matthew Wells

Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture


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 a monograph based on the research, provisionally titled 'Modelling the Metropolis: Architectural models and the professional practice of the architect in London, 1834-1916'.

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.

Areas of specialism

  • Modern architecture 1750-
  • Architectural models
  • Architecture and its media
  • History of technologies
  • Architectural historiography
  • Exhibiting architecture

Courses taught




  • 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

Professional membership

Architects Registration Board (2015-)

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