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Mr Colin Thom
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Colin is an MA Honours Graduate in English Literature and the History of Art from Glasgow University, and worked in the photo and film archive of London Transport Museum before joining the Survey of London.

Research Summary

Colin Thom is a Senior Research Associate with the Survey of London, where for many years now he has contributed to the research, writing, editing and production of the Survey's renowned series of volumes on London's history and architecture. He edited the landmark 50th volume, Battersea: Houses and Housing (Yale UP, 2013) and recently co-edited the two-volume set on South East Marylebone (Yale UP, 2017). At the Survey, Colin's main area of research expertise is in the history of London's housing of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. He is also author of Researching London's Houses: An Archives Guide (Historical Publications, 2005). 


Having studied Robert Adam's architecture at Glasgow University under the acclaimed Adam scholar A. A. Tait, Colin wrote the first ever comprehensive account of the Adam brothers' important urban development at Portland Place for the Survey's South East Marylebone volumes. He is now editing a new study of the Adams' art and architecture, Robert Adam and His Brothers: New light on Britain's leading architectural family, scheduled for publication by Historic England at the end of 2018. The book is based on the best of the academic papers from an international symposium of the same name, arranged by Colin for the Georgian Group at the RIBA in 2015. 

Teaching Summary

Colin Thom teaches on the Bartlett's Masters course in the Historic Urban Environment, and also assists in teaching on the Masters course in Architectural History. 

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