Dr Joel Robinson joins New College of the Humanities to teach Modern Architecture from January 2015

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Dr Joel Robinson will teach Modern Architecture.

This module will enable students to begin to develop a sound basis for reading plans, elevations and photographic documents, as well as to think critically about the built environment more generally –

New College of the Humanities(NCH) announces today that Dr Joel Robinson will join the College as Senior Lecturer, to teach the Modern Architecture Global Versus Regional module which forms part of the Art History contextual course. NCH students study four modules in a second subject in addition to their degree as part of the College’s broader liberal arts curriculum, which, in terms of modules amounts to almost a second degree.

The course will provide an introduction to modern architecture, which will investigate some of the competing positions or claims that have been made about its global and local significance. Students at NCH will examine key buildings and projects from the late nineteenth century to the present, looking at the expectations for the pursuit of internationalism on the one hand, versus locally inflected approaches to design on the other.

Dr. Robinson is currently an Associate Lecturer Research Affiliate and Consultant in the Faculty of Arts with The Open University in the East of England. After graduating with a BA Honors in Art History from the University of Alberta, he began his teaching career at the University of Western Ontario where he earned an MA in Art History. After practicing freelance journalism, he completed a PhD in Art History at the University of Essex in 2007.

His research has been largely concerned with the place of landscape in architectural and visual culture in the modern and contemporary periods. He is interested in a range of themes including commemoration, monumentality, the aesthetics of decay and more recently, the post-WWII art and architecture of Japan as well as other parts of Asia. Dr. Robinson has also published extensively in academic journals and magazines, and in 2008, he published Life in Ruins: Architectural Culture and the Question of Death in the Twentieth Century, Saarbrücken: VMD Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG. He is also the London Contributing Editor for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News, as well as Associate Editor for the Open Arts Journal, which will launch in mid- 2013. He is currently preparing monographs on the ‘renaissance’ of Kwakwaka’wakw art in the mid-twentieth century and the centrality of landscape in the work of the so-called Vancouver School (c. 1965-85).

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the College said: “We are looking forward to Dr. Robinson joining the faculty at New College of the Humanities from Hilary 2015. Contextual courses allow NCH students to broaden their approach to education and the Architecture module complements our degree courses. This module will enable students to begin to develop a sound basis for reading plans, elevations and photographic documents, as well as to think critically about the built environment more generally – looking at topics as diverse as the architecture of world’s fairs and diplomatic buildings such as the UN Headquarters.”


For further information, please contact: Rohini Bajekal at Hanover Communications T: 0207 400 7398
E: nchum(at)hanovercomms(dot)com

Notes to Editors

New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The College has recently announced that the Politics & International Relations BSc will also be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. This is comprised of four modules from another degree subject or Politics as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices and applications can still be made for entry in 2013. Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.


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