Stephen Kite

How would you define yourself?

Academic (Emeritus Professor) with a particular interest in those aspects of Ruskin related to architecture and visual culture

Stephen Kite

Please describe yourself and your areas of interest.

Stephen Kite is Emeritus Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University; his research explores the history and theory of architecture and its wider connections to visual culture. His key monographs are: Shadow Makers: a Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture (2017), Building Ruskin’s Italy: Watching Architecture (2012), Adrian Stokes: An Architectonic Eye (2009), and An Architecture of Invitation: Colin St John Wilson (with Sarah Menin, 2005) He has also contributed many papers and chapters to international conferences, learned journals and edited books. He is currently researching surface-values in British architecture and criticism c. 1850-2000.

Why did you become a Companion of the Guild?

Opportunities to share - and to engage with - other Ruskin scholars, enthusiasts, and enthusiasms, both in architecture and other fields.

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