JSC in the library: photo Lara Platman (2009)
James Stevens Curl is a tenured Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster, United Kingdom. An Honorary Doctorate of Arts was conferred on him by De Montfort University, Leicester in July 2014 'in recognition of a distinctive contribution to the study of architectural history'.
His PhD was conferred by the University of London on completion of his pioneering study of the life and works of the architect, Henry Roberts (1803-76). In 1991-2 and 2002 he was Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, when he researched and wrote up his study of the impact of Edward Young’s Night Thoughts on the beginnings of the Garden-Cemetery Movement, and also worked on studies of 18th-and19th-century British architecture which resulted in the publication of two major books in 2007 and 2011. He has established an international reputation for scholarship, penetrating criticisms, lucidity of style, and thorough investigations in little-known fields of research.
October 2014: JSC is soon to begin the 2nd proof-reading of his 3rd (major) revision of The Dictionary of Architecture for Oxford University Press. He has worked on this with Dr Susan Wilson. Publication date is anticipated in March 2015.
September 2014: JSC new paper 'Outstanding Funerary Monument in Antwerp' to be published in Peterhouse Annual Record.
July 2014: JSC awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by De Montfort Univerisity, Leicester, 'for his distinctive contribution to the study of Architectural History' and for making 'outstanding contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and the region'.
- has been created to draw attention to many publications, bookable lectures, consultancy, and architectural/graphic works available by JSC to buy, book, or commission. The website is divided into several categories, accessed by clicking on the section titles below or from the website buttons above:
About Me: biographical information;
Publications: books for sale, written, edited, or containing contributions by JSC. Views are provided of front covers, title-pages, lists of contents, and, in some cases, illustrations; synopses are given; and selections from reviews may be read. Further insights to JSC’s literary oeuvre can also be gleaned in the bibliographical references of this section;
Lectures: currently, JSC has a programme of 14 bookable lectures on aspects of: architectural history; garden design; the Londonderry Plantation (now more than 400 years old); Freemasonry and the Garden; the works of selected architects; and various stylistic Revivals. Synopses of each are presented and enquiries/bookings can be made directly online;
Consultancy: in his addition to his academic and literary careers, JSC has practised architecture, and his advice has frequently been sought in matters concerning historic buildings and the conservation of the built environment. He continues to accept commissions for architectural consultancy, reports on architectural quality and character, and has designed a number of funerary monuments, a selection of which is shown in this section;
Contact: JSC may be contacted by email, telephone, or snail-mail.