For the most part, architectural history in Britain is the story of gradual change and evolution, of long term trends that give meaning to events as they unfold, even moments of apparent crescendo and climax. From time to time, however, there comes a tipping point when old certainties are overturned, new ideas break free and the clock of history is reset: we call this a Year Zero.

In the first talk of the series, Timothy Brittain-Catlin, reader in architectural history at the University of Kent, discusses 1906: a rare moment when a political revolution coincided with an architectural one.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin teaches both design and architectural history at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, and is the vice chairman of the Twentieth Century Society. A member of Historic England’s advisory committee, he has a particular interest in finding new ways to talk about historic buildings. He is the author of Bleak Houses: Failure and Disappointment in Architecture, (MIT Press, 2014) and his forthcoming book on Edwardian domestic architecture will be published next year by Lund Humphries.

About the series

This series, organised in partnership with Machine Books, invites writers, critics, historians and architects to identify and reflect on a single Year Zero – when the trajectories of architectural and broader history connect and coincide and the status quo is changed forever. Each speaker has written a complimentary essay, available to purchase as an ebook, discussing their own Year Zero.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

13 Feb 2019

19:00 to 20:00

£10 / £5 students