Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin


College position:

Course Leader, MSt Architecture Apprenticeship, Director of Studies for Architecture

Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin
Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin is an architect and architectural historian. After more than a decade working in Britain and abroad on both historic buildings and masterplanning, he returned to Cambridge in 2000 to research the buildings of A.W.N. Pugin and the domestic architecture of early Victorian England, and then taught at the Architectural Association and the University of Kent. His book The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century appeared in 2008 and since then he has published widely and contributed to many academic, professional and general readership journals and magazines. Until recently he was the deputy chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, the national amenity group. He returned to Cambridge in 2020 to launch the Institute for Continuing Education’s new MSt Architecture Apprenticeship, a flagship programme in the rapidly changing world of architectural education.

Research Interests

British domestic architecture, especially nineteenth and twentieth century

Nineteenth-century church and convent architecture

Teaching And Professional Interests

Architectural practice, critique and historiography

History and theory of architecture since 1800


Winner of the University of Kent Humanities teaching award in 2011 and 2019

Links to online publications, articles or other work


‘Good Fairies’ [on Great Maytham Hall, by Edwin Lutyens], AA Files, 73, 2016

‘Picturesque, Modern, Tudor-Style: Edgar Ranger in Thanet’. Twentieth Century Architecture: Houses: Regional Practice and Local Character (12), 2015

‘The Talented Mr Paget’ [on the architectural practice of Seely & Paget], AA Files, 67, 2013

‘Downward Trajectory: Towards a Theory of Failure’. Architectural Research Quarterly, 15 (02), 2011

‘Horace Field and Lloyds Bank’. Architectural History, 53, 2010

‘A.W.N. Pugin’s English Convent Plans’, in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians [of the US] 65, 3 (Sept), 2006


The Edwardians and their Houses: The New Life of Old England. Lund Humphries, 2020

Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture. The MIT Press, 2014

Leonard Manasseh & Partners. RIBA Publishing / English Heritage / C20 Society, 2010

The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century. Spire Books, 2008

Book Chapters

‘Great Britain 1837-1914’, in: Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, 21st edition, edited by Murray Fraser Athlone Press (Bloomsbury) / RIBA Publishing, 2019

‘Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Architecture’, in: The Companions to the History of Architecture 3, edited by Harry Mallgrave, Martin Bressani and Christina Contandriopoulos, Wiley , 2017

Edited Book

Gothic Revival Worldwide: A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence (with Martin Bressani and Jan de Maeyer) KADOC- Artes series. Leuven University Press, 2017

Other publications include:

Introduction to Heritage Assets: 19th- and 20th-Century Convents and Monasteries. Historic England (commissioned when English Heritage), 2014