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AR History

The Architectural Review was founded in 1896, on the cusp of the 20th century. The cover of the first issue bore the legend ‘a magazine for the artist and craftsman’, though this subsequently became ‘artist, archaeologist, designer and craftsman’, thus firmly setting its sights on Victorian polymaths everywhere

Colin Boyne

Colin Boyne was the editor of The Architects’ Journal from 1949 to 1970 and then chairman of the editorial board of the AJ and the AR between 1970 and 1974, while both titles were still owned by the Architectural Press

Colin Rowe

Colin Rowe is a British-born but Americanised architectural historian, critic, theoretician and teacher. He is widely acknowledged as a major intellectual influence on world architecture and urbanism in the second half of the 20th century and beyond, particularly in the fields of city planning, regeneration and urban design

Ian Nairn

Ian Nairn was an architectural critic and topographer who made his name with a special issue of The Architectural Review entitled Outrage (which was later published as a book in 1959)

JM Richards

James Maude Richards was born at Epsom, Surrey, in 1907. Educated at Cambridge University, he trained as an architect at the Architectural Association, but his main career was as a writer on architecture

John Betjeman

John Betjeman was an English poet, writer and broadcaster. He worked at The Architectural Review from 1930 to 1935 as assistant editor, following the magazine’s publication of some of his freelance work

Jonathan Glancey

Jonathan Glancey cemented his career as critic as assistant editor of The Architectural Review in the 1980s, under the editorship of Peter Davey

Nikolaus Pevsner

Nikolaus Pevsner was born in Germany in 1902, and later moved to Britain where he remained for remained for the rest of his life, thoroughly embedded in its architectural community.

Paul Finch

Paul Finch, has been editor of almost all of Britain’s architectural titles: first Building Design (1983-1994), then The Architects’ Journal (1994-1999), and finally at The Architectural Review (2005-2008)

Peter Cook

Peter Cook is the founder of Archigram, and former Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Peter Davey

Peter Davey edited The Architectural Review from 1982 to 2005. He has written numerous books including Arts and Crafts Architecture (1997) - which definitively documented this pivotal period in English architecture - and numerous later monographs on subjects such as Wilkinson Eyre (2007) and Heikkinen & Komonen (1997)

Index

Tropical Modernism: Fry and Drew's African Experiment

Iain Jackson looks back at the AR’s 1953 coverage of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew’s projects in West Africa - its first appearance as a coherent body of work

Kenneth Clark Index

Kenneth Clark: Lord of Civilisation

Kenneth Clark’s contributions to the AR implored readers to become critical observers of the architectural modernity around them

Ian Nairn outside Westminster Abbey, London. Photo: Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Ian Nairn: The Pioneer of Outrage

A look back at the work of the angry and passionate Ian Nairn, the outspoken critic of England’s ‘subtopian’ demise

Reyner Banham

Reyner Banham: The New Brutalism Subscription Required

In his seminal 1955 essay Architectural Critic Reyner Banham attempts to codify the then emerging architectural movement of Brutalism

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December 1988: Complexes of Hans Hollein

Hans Hollein’s career started in Vienna with very small projects and a series of artworks and exhibition designs which focused world attention. In this Archive piece from 1988, Peter Davey looks at Hollein’s first two sizeable buildings in his native city. 

Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2014

Venice Architecture Biennale 2014: The AR's Complete Coverage

From Charles Jencks to Liza Fior, read The Architectural Review critics’ take on every element of the 2014 Biennale

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