Dr Joshua Mardell (he/him) is an architectural historian.
Joshua works across temporalities and geographies, with his privileged domain of study being British 19th and 20th century architecture. His work – informed by queerness as a sensibility – centres particularly on historiographical reflection: in validating the missing sections of architectural history, in unpicking the absence of things – and reconciling those absences. He is drawn primarily to the unsalient, the unsung, and the common or garden. He is particularly interested in reforming the discipline of architectural history to broaden inclusion.
School, Centre or Area
Research Collections Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2021.
University of York, Humanities Research Knowledge Exchange fund, for the student-led project 'York C20': http://yorkc20.york.ac.uk
Brian Allen Visiting Fellowship, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016.
Doctoral Research Fellowship, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, 2013-2017.
Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Colvin Prize, nominee, with Adam Nathaniel Furman for Queer Spaces: an Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places & Stories. (Pending)
Brian Cohen Essay Prize from the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society, 2018.
Current and recent projects
'Finding a Historiography for Gavin Stamp', present, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
MRes 2022-23 group project: 'Betty and Lady Margaret' on the architects Betty Cadbury-Brown and Lady Margaret Casson.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
[Forthcoming, 2023] ‘Architectural Dynasties’, Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design, (Liverpool University Press).
(With Adam Nathanial Furman [edited]) Queer Spaces: An Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places and Stories, London: RIBA Publishing.
Mardell, J. (2022) ‘Blackballing Buckler: the letters of John Buckler (1770–1851), the Carter school and the foundations of the Buckler dynasty of antiquarian artists and architects’, Antiquaries Journal, 102. doi.org/10.1017/S0003581522000038
Mardell, J. (2020) ‘Getting into a Scrape: The Buckler Dynasty, Lincoln Cathedral and Mid-Victorian Architectural Politics’. Architectural History, vol. 63, 191-218. doi:10.1017/arh.2020.5
Mardell, J. (2019) ‘On how we ought to be anarchists’: Pat Crooke, John Turner, and dweller-oriented architecture’, Journal of Architecture, vol. 42(6), 829-852. https://doi.org/10.1080/13602365.2019.1686409
Mardell, J. (2018) 'Fidelis ad Mortem': J. C. Buckler, an Oxford College architect’, Oxoniensia, vol. 83, 73-92. http://oxoniensia.org/oxo_volume.php?vol=83
Mardell, J. (2013) ‘Far From the Madding Crowd: John Voelcker & Ruralism in Architecture’, AA Files, vol. 66, 87-99. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23595443
Mardell, J. (2023) “Seductive Selections from the Gavin Stamp Archive”, RIBAJ (Mar. 2023): https://www.ribaj.com/culture/activist-scholar-gavin-stamp-archive-paul-mellon-centre-joshua-mardell
Mardell, J. (2019) ‘Cast Iron Reasons for Conservation’ [remembering Margot Gayle], RIBAJ (Nov. 2019): https://www.ribaj.com/culture/margo-gayle-us-architectural-preservation-campaigner-joshua-mardell
Mardell, J. (2019) ‘Pat Crooke 1927-2018’ (obituary): https://www.ribaj.com/culture/patrick-crooke-1927-2018-obituary-self-help-architecture-andrew-derbyshire-john-turner-bbpr
Mardell, J. (2016) “The Buckler Topographical Collection: a dynastical reading”, British Library Picturing Places project:
(2023) An Activist Scholar: The Gavin Stamp Archive, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London: https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/whats-on/forthcoming/gavin-stamp-archive-display
External collaborations and activities
Joshua is active in the LGBTQIA+ network of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and in the Twentieth Century Society. He is a co-editor of The Journal of Architecture and sits on the publications committee of the Victorian Society.
Joshua is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.