Simon completed his PhD in Architecture at the University of Manchester having previously completed both his master’s and undergraduate in Architecture at the fabled MSA.
His research interests are broadly focused on the study of Modernist architectural heritage, which includes practices of conservation and ways of valuating and preserving architectural icons of the recent past. For his PhD, he sought to understand how Bauhaus architectural heritage value is produced by observing some day-to-day archival practices at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany.
Subjects he is very much involved in include: architectural valuation, the study of archives and collections, exhibiting and representing architecture, architecture historiography, building material salvage, adaptive reuse or repurposing, and perhaps most of all, alternative ways of doing and describing architecture. He is also a keen ethnographer and draws a lot of inspiration from the world of sociology (specifically actor-network theory) when thinking and writing about architectural processes.
Simon tends to like to travel, having worked in architecture practices in the UK, Spain, Norway, and Nepal; while he’s also studied, curated, and researched at the IUAV in Venice and at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. He enjoys meeting and connecting with likeminded people, so please feel free to email if you’d like a chat over coffee or tea.