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Nicholas Temple is an internationally recognised academic in the fields of architectural and urban history and theory, having joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Architecture in April 2012 and is Director of the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability. He previously served as professor of architecture and head of the School of Architecture at the University of Lincoln (2006-2012). He has taught at universities in the UK and the USA, including the University of Nottingham, Liverpool University and as an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (2000-2002).  Born in Australia, Temple is a qualified architect, having studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge University, and holds a PhD on the subject of architecture and urbanism in early 16th Century Rome. He was a Rome Scholar in Architecture (1986-88) at the British School at Rome, a Paul Mellon Rome Fellow (2012) and has been awarded numerous research grants for projects relating to the history and theory of architecture and urbanism, including a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant Award (2016), for the project ‘Lorenzo Ghiberti’s 3rd Commentary: Translation and Commentary’, in collaboration with Professor Panti, Rome University, Tor Vergata; a Paul Mellon Education Grant (2012), to support an international symposium at Lincoln Cathedral and publication, Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: Tracing Relationships between Medieval Concepts of Order and Built Form, edited by Nicholas Temple, John Hendrix and Christian Frost (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), and an RIBA Research Trust Award (2004) to research his book Disclosing Horizons: Architecture, Perspective and Redemptive Space (London: Routledge, 2006). Professor Temple was shortlisted in 2014 by the International Committee of Architecture Critics for the Bruno Zevi Book Award for this publication, Renovatio Urbis: Architecture, Urbanism and Ceremony in the Rome of Julius II, in the Classical Tradition in Architecture Series (London: Routledge, 2011). He is chief editor of the Routledge Research in Architectural History series, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Changing relationships between geography and architectural representation
  • Architecture as a Humanistic Discipline
  • The Sacred and the Ecological in Architectural Thought
  • Theories and History of Landscape
  • Architecture and Phenomenology
  • Late Roman and Early Christian Architecture
  • 19th Century European City
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Baroque and 18th Century Architecture
  • Perspective Theory
  • Historical Perspectives of Globalization of the Contemporary City


  • Histiography
  • Early Modern History
  • Church History
  • Medieval Studies
  • Late Antiquity
  • Early Christianity
  • Renaissance
  • Light
  • Renaissance History
  • Middle Ages

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Research Output 2014 2018

Festa della Chinea: Tradition and the 'Exotic' in Roman Festival Design

Temple, N. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Architecture, Festival and the City. Browne, J., Frost, C. & Lucas, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Envisioning Geometry: Architecture in the Grip of Perspective

Temple, N. 2017 Visioning Technologies: The Architectures of Sight. Cairns, G. (ed.). Routledge, p. 21-35 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Festivals in Old Streets in Two Chinese Cities

Gao, Y., Temple, N. & Li, Y. 26 Sep 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Architecture and Culture. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Augmented reality and gamification in heritage museums

Hammady, R., Ma, M. & Temple, N. 2016 Serious Games - 2nd Joint International Conference, JCSG 2016, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, Vol. 9894 LNCS, p. 181-187 7 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 9894 LNCS)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Activities 2016 2018

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Oral presentation

Chinese Perspective on Architecture and Heritage

Gao, Y. (Organiser), Temple, N. (Organiser)
19 Jun 2018

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...