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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


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

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Research Output 1998 2018

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., 2018, In : Architecture and Culture. 6, 3, p. 411-421 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tall buildings
religious behavior

The Value and Meaning of Temporality and its Relationship to Identity in Kunming City, China

Gao, Y. & Temple, N., 14 Dec 2018, Ancient and Modern Practices of Citizenship in Asia and the West: Care of the Self. Bracken, G. (ed.). Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, p. 193-218 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

city center
urban planning
agricultural product

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

15 Citations (Scopus)

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

Augmented reality
Augmented Reality

Activities 1991 2019

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, ...


Reviving Urban Life Through Commercial and Festival Practices in Kunming City, China- Case Study of Renovated Old Street and Temple of Confucius in Kunming

Nicholas Temple (Speaker), Yun Gao (Speaker)
31 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Unfinished Renaissance mystery unravels in new study

Nicholas Temple


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research