Consultant: on various historic buildings and design projects; leading role with project teams including architects, surveyors and researchers, on conservation/conservation management reviews with Caroe Architecture Ltd – on Blickling Hall, Bevis Marks Synagogue, Chartwell and Red House – and Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd – on Emmanuel College, Polesden Lacey, Nymans – including chairing stakeholder workshops, clarifying historical understanding and developing policies. I regularly give expert peer review advice on new country house designs.
Author & Journalist: My recent books include The Country House Past, Present & Future, Rizzoli, 2018, Secret Houses of the Cotswolds, Frances Lincoln, 2018, Robert Adam: Country House design, decoration and the art of elegance, Rizzoli, 2017; The Country House Ideal, Merrell, 2015; The Drawing Room, Rizzoli, 2014; English Country House Interiors, Rizzoli, 2011; a regular contributor to Country Life, World of Interiors, Art Newspaper and Historic House.
University & teaching: I teach regularly for the Faculty of Architecture & the History of Art, University of Cambridge, lectures, supervisions and examining for Cambridge’s pioneering Master’s in Building History, and have arranged and chaired occasional specialist seminars and supervisions in Western Architectural History, for the University of Buckingham, London programmes, in 2017-19, as well as lecturing to, and examining for, the MA in the English Country House since 2015. I have also regularly lectured in the US, for the Royal Oak & ESU. As Hon Tutor to the Plunket Scholars of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, I have since 2010, guided the Plunket/Lethaby scholars at the outset of their three months visiting British country houses to widen their outlook and experience for their future careers.
Previous employment: Architectural Editor, Country Life, 1998-2007; Freelance TV presenter, BBC 2 The Curious House Guest, 2005-2007; Architectural Writer, Country Life, 1995-1998; Assistant Curator, National Trust, East Anglia: 1993-1995; Architectural Adviser, Victorian Society: 1990-1993
Committee roles: Ely Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee, & trustee of the Historic Houses Foundation, and former trustee of Stowe House Preservation Trust, Moggerhanger Preservation Trust, Pevsner Books Trust.
Education:1987-1989: Warburg Institute, M.Phil. (The Renaissance); 1984-1987: University College, London, LL.B. (Hons) Law