My research interests are broadly informed by art, architectural and critical theory and examine the questions that such theoretical projects can raise about particular moments of architectural and artistic practice. A developing methodology has brought together aspects of theory with a wide range of practical work including Mediaeval Breton architecture, ring-roads and the work of contemporary artists. In particular, I have undertaken research on the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, about whom I have now spoken and published extensively. This work has been supported by two grants from the British Academy, and culminated in a monograph published by I. B. Tauris. Tauris are also publishing my monograph on the artist Helen Chadwick, the result of support initially from the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, which funded my archival work on the Helen Chadwick collection in the HMI Archive, and from an AHRC Study Leave Grant. I am currently working on a project about the collaborative art/architectural practice of Warren & Mosley.
More recently, I have been developing my research interests and approach towards a more collaborative situation. I was a founder member of The Agency Research Centre, based in the School of Architecture at The University of Sheffield (2009). I have also become involved in a number of collaborative projects with staff elsewhere in the university, including with Professor Vanessa Toulmin (National Fairground Archive), working on the architecture of fairgrounds, an ongoing project that has attracted funding from the University and RIBA Research Trust Award. I am currently involved in ‘Design Matters’, a WRoCAH (White Rose College of Arts and Humanities) three-way PhD Studentship Network with the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York.
My research and teaching has increasingly been addressing urban issues. From early work on urban peripheries and ring-roads, I have, with colleagues, been developing both undergraduate and postgraduate courses with an urban focus; Urban (Hi)stories is the subject of a joint publication in preparation with Florian Kossak (The University of Sheffield).