Ben has been a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Architecture and Planning since September 2016. He has an Undergraduate degree from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in History (2014) and a Master’s degree in Conservation and Regeneration from the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture (2015). He is a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Kent enabling him to research and study for his PhD. Ben works externally as a consultant for historic buildings, aiding planning applications and writing Conservation Area Appraisals. He is an affiliate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), a member of the Twentieth Century Society and has worked with the SPAB.

Research interests

PhD Title

Shifting focus: modernisation and identity creation through architecture in the Persian Gulf, 1930-1990

Ben is a member of the CREAte research group. Ben’s research is looking at the region of the Persian Gulf and architecture within it spanning the period 1930-1990. During this time, there were several shifts of geographical focus in terms of development and architectural evolution in design. Ben’s thesis focuses on these shifts and the driving forces behind them through using case studies by Western designers, ranging from colonial styled buildings, to Modernist constructions and latterly great monumental structures that define a nation’s identity in the late-twentieth-century.


Ben teaches on two architecture history modules. He is the seminar leader for Stage Two’s AR544 Renaissance to Neoclassicism and Stage Three’s AR556 Twentieth-Century Architecture.


Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin and Professor Gerry Adler

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