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Biography

Nicholas Temple has academic interests in the fields of architectural and urban history and theory, having joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Architecture in April 2012 where he is director of the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability (CUDAS). 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), Bogliasco Fellow (2018) and has been awarded 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; co-investigator (with Yun Gao as PI) of a British Academy funded project, 'The Temporality of Building: Chinese Perspectives on Architecture and Heritage' (2017); 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 the 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, co-editor of the Journal of Architecture, fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Royal Society of Arts and chartered architect of the RIBA. His forthcoming publications include: The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture, edited by Nicholas Temple, Andrzej Piotrowski and Juan Heredia (Routledge, 2019); Architecture and the Language Debate: Artistic and Linguistic Exchanges in Early Modern Italy (Routledge, 2020) and Arabic and Latin Science of Vision and the Theory of Perspective in Early Renaissance Florence, edited by Agostino Paravinci, Cecilia Panti and Nicholas Temple (Micrologus, 2021).

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

Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Research Output

Architecture and the Language Debate: Artistic and Linguistic Exchanges in Early Modern Italy

Temple, N. (ed.), 14 Feb 2020, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. 260 p. (Routledge Research in Architectural History)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • (Re)invoking humanism in modernity: Architecture and spectacle in Fascist Italy1

    Temple, N. & Tracada, E., 20 Nov 2019, The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture. Temple, N., Piotrowski, A. & Herdia, J. M. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, p. 373-393 21 p. (Routledge Handbooks).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture

    Temple, N. (ed.), Piotrowski, A. (ed.) & Herdia, J. (ed.), 21 Nov 2019, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. 550 p. (Routledge Handbooks)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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

    Temple, N., 30 Oct 2018, Architecture, Festival and the City. Browne, J., Frost, C. & Lucas, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 49-62 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Commercial Street as “Frozen” Festival: A Study in Chinese Mercantile Traditions

    Gao, Y., Temple, N. & Li, Y., 18 Sep 2018, In : Architecture and Culture. 6, 3, p. 411-421 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    The City as a Commons

    Ioanni Delsante (Chair), Nicholas Temple (Member of programme committee), Hazem Ziada (Member of programme committee)
    2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Chinese and European Perspective on Architecture and Heritage

    Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    The Temporality of Building

    Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
    20 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Chinese and European Perspective on Architecture and Heritage

    Yun Gao (Speaker), Nicholas Temple (Speaker)
    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Arabic and Latin Science of Vision and the Theory of Perspective in Early Renaissance Florence

    Nicholas Temple (Organiser), Cecilia Panti (Organiser)
    27 Sep 201829 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

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    Press / Media

    Unfinished Renaissance mystery unravels in new study

    Nicholas Temple

    1/07/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research