Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Dr Robert Proctor\'s staff profile

Contact details

Room: 4ES 3.4
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384098

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Architectural history
  • Nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Modernism
  • Architecture and religion
  • Commerce and the city
  • Art Nouveau

Dr Robert Proctor

MA, PhD, PgCert


Robert Proctor is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory. He teaches a range of subjects in undergraduate programmes in architecture, and supervises research papers, masters' dissertations and PhD students. His research in architectural history focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Robert Proctor studied Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh, and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge supervised by Andrew Saint in 2002. From 2002 to 2014 he was Lecturer in Architectural History at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, where he also obtained a PgCert academic teaching qualification from the University of Glasgow. He joined the University of Bath in 2014.


Robert Proctor’s research is on architectural history from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries, with particular interest in how architecture produces the spaces of society through its institutions.

His most recent project, supported by a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, was on Roman Catholic church architecture in post-war Britain. The book and numerous other publications that resulted from this work consider how and why modern architects and artists engaged with the clergy to produce new kinds of church building, both in terms of their internal planning for changing ideas about liturgy and externally in terms of their engagement with the modern city.

Earlier, his PhD research, much of it published as articles, examined the department store in Paris from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, considering the relationships between architects, their clients and the city in creating new kinds of commercial space.

Other work has emerged from these interests, particularly focusing on architectural design methods, including studies of Art Nouveau architects and designers in France; post-war British modernism; and architectural education in Britain in the early twentieth century.

Robert Proctor is a peer reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and has given peer reviews for several journals including Architectural History, and for the Research Council of KU Leuven. He has been awarded grants by the AHRC, the British Academy, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

He has presented at conferences of the Society of Architectural Historians (Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Vancouver); the European Architectural History Network (Brussels, with Ambrose Gillick, and Turin); the Design History Society (Delft); and many others, and has given invited talks for the University of Glasgow, the University of Manchester, the University of Texas at Austin, KU Leuven, Docomomo and the Twentieth Century Society. He has supervised PhD students on subjects including draughtsmanship in the nineteenth century; post-war New Town housing in Britain; and Scottish town halls.


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