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Dr Joshua Mardell (he/him) is an architectural historian.

His work is thematically wide-ranging and spans the 19th and 20th centuries. Key areas include: conservation advocacy; architectural politics; antiquarianism; queerness; and post-war reconstruction. Primarily biographical and archive-centred, his work critically (re-)examines hitherto unsung – often colourful and off-beam – protagonists in the history of architecture.

A further aspect of his work is in the service of other people’s texts as co-editor of the Journal of Architecture. Joshua is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

He welcomes interest from potential MRes and PhD students on research aligned with his expertise.

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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.

Architectural Reference Book of the Year, Booklaunch Architectural Book Awards (2023) for Queer Spaces: an Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places & Stories

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects Architectural Book of the Year Awards (2023) Winner [City/Country guide] for  Queer Spaces: an Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places & Stories

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Colvin Prize, nominee, with Adam Nathaniel Furman for Queer Spaces: an Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places & Stories. (Shortlisted)

Brian Cohen Essay Prize from the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society, 2018.

'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.


[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

Selected Journalism

Mardell, J (2023) "Ever so 'umble, yet worth keeping", Country Life (December), 36.

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:


Book Reviews

Mardell, J. (2023) "Review of Jane Grenville, Pevsner’s Yorkshire, North Riding (Yale University Press, 2023)", Burlington Magazine 165 (November), 1256-1257.

Mardell, J. (2020) "Joshua Mardell on the I’Anson dynasty - The I’Ansons: A Dynasty of London Architects & Surveyors By Peter Jefferson Smith London", arq 24.3, 291-194.


(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

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.