Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Reader in Architecture, University of Kent

Timothy Brittain-Catlin is an architect who has been writing about architectural history for many years, both for a general readership and for those with a particular interest in the revolutionary changes in architectural thinking in early nineteenth-century England.

He qualified as an architect in 1988 and has worked on a wide variety of design projects from conservation and restoration to masterplanning both in Britain and abroad. He joined the Kent School of Architecture from the Architectural Association in September 2007.

He specialises in early nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century English architecture and in particular in the work of A.W.N. Pugin; his book The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century was published by Spire Books in association with English Heritage in July 2008. His latest book, Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture, published in 2014 by The MIT Press, forms part of a long-term project that investigates the reputation of architects at times of change, including the losers and failures amongst them. He has been writing regularly for The World of Interiors for more than 25 years.

He is deputy chairman and a trustee of the 20th Century Society.


  • –present
    Reader in Architecture, University of Kent