Professor Stephen Kite BA (Hons) BArch (Hons) PhD RIBA FRSA


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2.64, Bute Building
Research group:
Architectural History and Theory Group


Design Unit Leader MArch 2
History-Theory teaching
MArch Dissertation tutor
Chair Architectural History and Theory Group
PhD and MPhil supervision

I joined WSA in 2007 from Newcastle University where I was Degree Programme Director of the BA in Architectural Studies. I have a PhD in architectural history-theory and have written and published widely in this field. I am a registered architect with many year’s experience of full-time practice (prior to entering academia) in London and elsewhere, at associate and project-leader level.

External activities

I am an Editor of the international refereed journal Architectural Research Quarterly (Cambridge University Press), a member of the RIBA, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Companion of the Guild of St George (the John Ruskin charity for arts, crafts, and the rural economy).

Research interests

History and theory of architecture, aesthetics of architecture and wider links to visual culture. Settlement patterns and vernacular architectures of the Middle East.

Research supervisor

Main expertise

History and theory of architecture with some focus on the periods: Early Modern, Long Nineteenth Century, Modernism. The evocative aesthetics of architecture (with a certain focus on British visual culture e.g. John Ruskin, Adrian Stokes, Colin St John Wilson etc). Settlement patterns and vernacular architectures of the Middle East.

Supervision experience

Currently supervising five students as Lead Supervisor across a diverse range of topic areas, regions, and periods.

Additional supervision interests

I am open to supervising a broad range of focused topics in the history and theory of architecture both within and beyond the broad areas of expertise outlined above.